5 Steps to Achieve Your Goals
Achieving your goals does not have to be complicated. If you are struggling to get things done or having trouble staying-on-task, I suggest that you start with the following 5 simple steps:
1. Establish a specific and definite date.
Have you ever thought about setting your goals in reverse? Pick a date that you want to achieve your goal, and then simply of work backwards. For example, whether you have a paper or report to write, a test you have to study for, or a project that must be completed: set short term goals for each day. This way, you are setting both short and long term goals: as you accomplish your short term goals you move one step closer to accomplishing your long term goal.
2. Use a calendar (or any planning/time management system).
If you are having problems achieving your goals, perhaps you need to better utilize some type of planning/time management system. A basic calendar (monthly, weekly, daily), though, is a place to start. After all, where are you going to write down a specific and definite date? You can use a calendar to help you both establish and organize your written goals/tasks for each day.
3. Focus on one thing at a time.
4. Set a time limit.
Have you ever thought about using a kitchen timer and making whatever you are trying to accomplish a game? When you set a time limit, it may help you focus. I like to work in 10-minute segments and see how much I can get done (whether it’s cleaning, doing laundry, washing dishes, etc.) When you limit the amount of time that you spend on a task, it helps build momentum and increase your success rate.
5. Stick with it.
Benjamin Franklin once stated, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
That’s a great start. What may be more important, though, is taking action and sticking with it. Writing things down (i.e., a written plan) will help you achieve your goals easier. However, what you do on a daily basis, even when you don’t really feel like doing anything, will help you achieve your goals faster.
All in all, by following the 5 Steps to Achieve Your Goals, you might find yourself making more progress, building your self-confidence, and moving closer to accomplishing your long term goals