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It’s been an enjoyable and educational journey over the last three weeks as we’ve broken down a simple goal-setting method that will carry you from your goals to tasks in a few easy steps. We call it “Building the Bridge”—and today, we’re providing the final installment of this four-part series.
In Part 4, we help you make goal-related tasks a meaningful part of your everyday life. We call this important step, “Getting on Schedule.”
In the previous step, called “Break it Down,” you created an action list for each goal. Now, using a monthly calendar, you can integrate these goal-related tasks into your daily and weekly planner schedules.
Here are some suggestions:
- Keep your goal sheets visible while planning your week
- Freshen your commitment by scheduling at least one goal-related task each week
- Don’t overwhelm yourself—space your goal-related tasks evenly over a specified time period
- On your calendar, be sure to write in due dates for your milestones and intermediate tasks
- Reward yourself: Place a check-mark on each day you successfully completed a goal-related task, creating an inspiring visual “string of success”
But our best tip is this: Follow your dreams!
This final tip is essential because you must believe enough in your goal-tasks to follow-through on them. Yes, it takes discipline, and yes, you will face procrastination and distraction along the way. But, to find success, you must focus on the reason behind each activity.
Think to yourself, “It’s not just another task; it’s a stepping-stone toward that pot of gold!” (Or whatever end-point is your pot of gold.) And, once you can cross that item off your to-do list, the feeling of satisfaction is amazingly contagious.
Remember: It takes just a little momentum to carry you through another successful day, and one step closer toward your goals. Now, go after your goals today!
For more tips on planning, organizing and productivity—as well as goal-setting—for every facet of your life, visit the AT-A-GLANCE Planning Center.
[photo by Barta IV]