Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 2—Build Your Bridge

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Last week, we introduced you to a simple goal-setting method that will carry you from your goals to tasks in a few easy steps. It’s called “Building the Bridge.” Following is Part 2 of the four-part series.

In this section, we’ll discuss the step of actually building the bridge, the activity from where the name of this whole plan comes.

Easy and Effective Goal Setting: Part 2—Build Your BridgeOnce your goals are set as we did in Step One—Start Your Goal Smart—the next step is to find your way to the actual daily activities you’ll use to achieve your goal.

That brings us to Step Two: Building the bridge.

Between your goals and tasks are the intermediate steps, the building blocks that make up the various ways you’re going to get your goal done. So, for example, if your goal involves saving money, you need to discuss the ways you’re going to do it.

Ask yourself, “How can I achieve this goal?” and then write down all the answers that come to mind. Use a fresh page in your notebook or planner for each goal.

Here are some answers you might consider:

  • Eat at home
  • Budget expenses
  • Pay bills on time
  • Eliminate credit cards

Seems pretty simple, right? But you have to remember that these are not tasks—these statements are intermediate steps. They carry clear directions, yet are not specific enough to put on your task list.

Now, take this exercise one step further and put these intermediate steps down on your calendar. Consider the amount of time each might take and spread them out appropriately over the period of time you’ve set for achieving your goal.

For example, you might want to be in the habit of eating at home without fail by the end of next month. Write that down in your monthly calendar.

That’s a milestone. Now, spread out your other milestones in a fashion that won’t overwhelm you, but will drive you to get things done.

It’s not hard to guess why this step is called building the bridge because these transitional steps bridge your aspirations into actions. This is where you make the money. It’s what carries you from your goals into your daily and weekly activities.

Join us next week for Part 3 of our easy and effective goal-setting series where we’ll discuss how to break it all down into manageable and feasible pieces.

For more tips on planning, organizing and productivity—as well as goal-setting—for every facet of your life, visit the AT-A-GLANCE Success Center.

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