Successful Goal Planning
Getting Further Than A New Year’s Resolution
Have you ever wished you could turn your New Year’s resolutions into realities? Do you have trouble getting your company’s business plan to reflect your day-to-day activities? Effective goal achievement involves an ongoing regimen of creating, writing, reviewing, and renewing your goals and plans.
Want to achieve real success? Try these strategies.
1. Write All Your Goals On Paper
Write all your goals, plans, hopes, dreams, and resolutions on paper. Typing is okay, too. This is the step at which most people fail. Once they have a goal or result clearly in mind they fail to commit it to writing.
You should list everything you want to have, be, or do. Your goals should not be bounded by reality. Reality is constantly changing, and it should be you who changes it.
For obvious reasons, if you list everything you want to have, be, or do you will have too many things to do at once. So pick the most important (not just the most urgent) ones and focus your energy and time there.
3. Schedule Time For Your Goals
Even if you have only one hour each week of discretionary time, use it to work on activities that lead to accomplishing your priority goals.
Everyone has a tight schedule, and it is the absence of written goals that ensures this will never change. If you want to change it, then take whatever time you have, however small, and dedicate it to your goals. Over weeks and months you will see your discretionary time grow, and your goals become realized.
4. Review Your Goals
The week is the primary planning period, so take your discretionary time, review your goals, and plan new activities each week that will help you accomplish your goals.
Then take ten minutes at the beginning or end of each day and review the list. You will find new insights that help you to update your planned weekly activities.
5. Renew Your Goals
Re-write the list completely every three to six months. This keeps new priorities on top of the list. You will find that some goals have been completed, and you will have to assign new ones to the top priority spots. Some you will have decided not to complete, and they need removed to make room for new goals. Others will need longer than expected and will have to be extended.
Whether completed, canceled, or extended you need to renew your list regularly. Keep the desired outcomes fresh and exciting.