New Year’s resolutions are goals that you typically set at the beginning of the year. Reaching them are a different story.
Goals are desired results, plans and commits to achieve a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. Many people endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.
We all know that the recommendation is that goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based).
I have a tendency to have many projects going at the same time. That feels natural to me. But, there’s a fine line between maximizing my resources and going crazy. I’ve read many blog posts and listened to many videos (while commuting) that have been very helpful to me.
Crystal Van Tassel & Kelli Miller‘s advice on making goals less scary:
Check out How to Determine & Reach Your Blogging Goals #Learntoblog and How to Set Your Blogging Goals for 2014 #learntoblog. Their #Learntoblog series has helped me tremendously. One of their pieces of advice:
Break the tasks and monitor your progress in bite-sized chunks:
*set annual goals
Crystal Paine‘s advice on goal setting:
Write it down: One of the best ways I have found to clarify a goal is to get out a pen and paper and actually write it down. I’m not trying to knock computer-related goal tracking. I’m sure there are some snazzy apps out there, but I’ve found that there’s just something about the physical act of writing down my goal that makes it become real to me.
Michael Hyatt‘s advice on becoming more disciplined (which is helpful in reaching goals):
Identify likely obstacles: As soon as you start swimming against the current, you will start feeling resistance. It’s as if the universe conspires to keep you from succeeding. That’s why you have to anticipate these obstacles and build strategies to overcome them.
Obstacle: Mindlessly eating for lunch what I always eat. Strategy: Plan my lunch before I leave the house—where and what I will eat.
Obstacle: Inability to work out on the road. Strategy: Make sure the hotel has a workout room before I book it. Also, pack my workout clothes and shoes.
Obstacle: Eating more calories than I intend. Strategy: Record everything in LoseIt, thus educating myself about the calorie-count of various foods.
Other posts about goal setting:
How do you make goal setting work for you? Anything I should read or listen to?
Linked to: The Thrifty Couple.