- 9 Wonderful Ways to Get Started in the World of Personal ProductivityPosted on Monday, November 3rd, 2008 in FeaturedOne day, an innocent worker goes online and decides to see if there are any tips out in the big wide world on getting more done, more quickly, more often. But soon, the poor sod becomes entangled in a complicated trail of information; a few quadzillion blogs on the subject, millions of books, and a whole lot of fancy terms like “ubiquitous capture” and strange rituals such as weekly reviews and inbox processing.
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- Looking at the Little ThingsPosted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 in FeaturedThis year has turned out to be a year of tremendous challenge for me. I realized that the career I’d spent my adult life cultivating was not quite as fulfilling as I’d hoped, and at the same time my relationship started buckling under pressures both from within and without.Change, it seems, was in order.If you listen to popular wisdom, especially as expressed in movies and TV shows, profound change comes from profound events.
- Increase Your Motivation by Framing TasksPosted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 in ProductivityIn Getting Things Done methodology and most other personal productivity systems, dividing projects and large tasks into the smallest tasks divisible is considered a basic, fundamental concept. These systems tell us to divide a task into individual actions until we get close to a point where we can’t break things down into any further actions.The point is to focus the brain on something small enough to tackle right away.
- In Uncertain Times, Prepare Yourself for New OpportunitiesPosted on Friday, November 7th, 2008 in FeaturedWe live in uncertain times. Global financial collapse, rapid relocation of industries, emerging markets, political unrest, and just the fast pace of change in the Information Era in general all mea that things you take for granted today might be completely different tomorrow.Now is certainly not a time for rigidity. The career you’re working in this year might not even exist in 2010.
How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them in 7 Simple Steps
Where do you want to be 5 years from now, 10 years from now, or even this time next year? These places are your goal destinations and although you might know that you don’t want to be standing still in the same place as you are now, it’s not always easy to identify what your real goals are.
Many people think that setting a goal destination is having a dream that is there in the far distant future but will never be attained. This proves to be a self-fulfilling prophesy because of two things:
Firstly, that the goal isn’t specifically defined enough in the first place; and secondly, it remains a remote dream waiting for action which is never taken.
Defining your goal destination is something that you need to take some time to think carefully about. The following steps on how to plan your life goals should get you started on a journey to your destination:
1. Make a list of your goal destinations
Goal destinations are the things that are important to you. Another word for them would be ambitions, but ambitions sound like something which outside of your grasp, whereas goal destinations are certainly achievable if you are willing to put in the effort working towards them.
So what do you really want to do with your life? What are the main things that you would like to accomplish with your life? What is it that you would really regret not doing if you suddenly found you had a limited amount of time left on the earth?
Each of these things is a goal. Define each goal destination in one sentence.
If any of these goals is a stepping stone to another one of the goals, take it off this list as it isn’t a goal destination.
2. Think about the time frame to have the goal accomplished
This is where the 5 year, 10 year, next year plan comes into it.
Some goals will have a “shelf life” because of age, health, finance, etc, whereas others will be up to you as to when you would like to achieve them by.
3. Write down your goals clearly
Write each goal destination at the top of a new piece of paper.
For each goal, write down what is it that you need and don’t have now that will allow you achieve that goal. This could be some kind of education, career change, finance, a new skill, etc. Any “stepping stone” goals you removed will fit into this exercise. If any of these smaller “goals” have sub-goals, go through the same process with these so that you have precise action points to work with.
4. Write down what you need to do for each goal
Under each item listed, write down the things that you will need to do in order to complete each of the steps required to complete the goal.
These items will become a check-list. They are a tangible way of checking how you are progressing towards reaching your goal destinations. A record of your success!
5. Write down your timeframe with specific and realistic dates
Using the time frames you created, on each goal destination sheet write down the year in which you will complete the goal by.
For any goal which has no fixed completion date, think about when you would like to have accomplished it by and use that as your destination date.
Work within the time frames for each goal destination, make a note of realistic dates by which you will complete each of the small steps.
6. Schedule your to-dos
Now take an overview of all your goal destinations and make a schedule of what you need to do this week, this month, this year – in order to progress along the road towards your goal destinations.
Write these action points on a schedule so that you have definite dates on which to do things.
7. Review your progress
At the end of the year, review what you have done this year, mark things off the check-lists for each goal destination and write up the schedule with the action points you need for the next year.
Although it may take you several years to, for example, get the promotion you desire because you first need to get the MBA which means getting a job with more money to allow you to finance a part-time degree course, you will ultimately be successful in achieving your goal destination because you have planned out not only what you want, but how to get it, and have been pro-active towards achieving it.
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