If you have struggled to achieve your goals then I highly recommend a goal planner. Read my article on why and then download the free goal planner workbook.
Research shows that setting goals can make us more motivated and productive. Setting a goal seems easy, and yet why is it that so many of us don’t ever meet that end target? Well there are two reasons. Firstly, setting goals is not as easy as you may think and secondly, you need to plot your pathway to achieve that goal.
Set a SMART goal
How many times have you started the new year with statements like ‘this year I am going to get the body I always wanted’, ‘I will study hard every day and do my best in my exams’ or ‘I will apply myself at work and do better’? What do all these statements have in common? They are all vague. What does ‘study hard’ mean? How will you ‘apply yourself at work?’ How are you going to achieve these goals if you can’t measure success? The answer is you won’t. And this is one reason why people fail at keeping to resolutions, or set goals they won’t ever meet.
SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. Once you have defined your goal you will find that it is much easier to break down the necessary tasks in order to achieve it. So, for example, instead of ‘I will apply myself at work and do better’ we could say ‘In the next 12 months I will add business development to my cv in order to push for a promotion to Junior Partner by March the following year’.
So next time you set a goal, ask yourself – is it SMART? If you want a step by step guide on creating your long-term SMART goal then download the free goal planner.
What is your route map?
Once you have that end goal you don’t just go on your merry way and hope that fate will take care of the rest. If you want your life to change, you have to make changes! So your next job is to break down your long-term goal in to smaller, quarterly goals – your short-term goals. Let’s take the example above. Let’s say it is January and I am giving myself 12 months to start business development. What is business development and what are the tasks involved in doing it? Perhaps I will set up meetings with prospective clients. One of my short term goals could then be: ‘Set up x amount of meetings over then next three months, and aim to convert that into x new clients’.
My goal planner workbook shows you step by step how to breakdown your long-term goal into these short-term goals.
Keep your motivation going
Once you have a properly defined long-term goal and you have set your stepping stones, you need to make sure you apply yourself each day. How? The daily planner. I have put an example daily planner in my free goal planner workbook. What I like to include each day are the following:
- My 3 priority tasks
- My general to do list
- My schedule, with tasks plotted against the tim
- A notes section
- A review section
How daily planning helps
I highly recommend writing down your daily schedule and tasks for two reasons:
- It will help you to plot out the necessary tasks that must be completed each day
- It will make you aware of how much time you have and how much time, most likely, that you are NOT BEING PRODUCTIVE
That’s right. Being busy does not mean you are being productive!
How many people have you seen in the workplace flapping around telling people how busy they are, but not actually ever sitting down to work? It is very common. Just because someone is at their desk early, or at their desk late into the night does not mean they are working harder than you. It just means they are sat for longer!
If you want more tips on being productive with your time check out my article.
Relevant: How to be more productive in 25 minutes
Conclusion: goal planner for glory
If you really have a goal your heart is set on, don’t fall into the usual trap of letting life get in the way. Properly plan out your ambitions, how to get there and when you will do the necessary tasks. Hold yourself accountable and you never know how far you will go and what you will achieve!
If you want a step by step process to ensure you set your SMART goal and meet it then download my free goal planner workbook now.