Goal Setting and To Do Lists are a Marriage that can't be BROKEN! They go hand and hand and they shouldn't be separated.
Why do we need them?
*Hold you accountable *Show progress and growth
*Create direction *Increase Productivity
*Instill Hope *Form boundaries and limits
*Keep your organized *Sense of accomplishment
*Keep you sane *Improves use of time spent
and so much more. Now you see why they are a must have in our lives.
The main object when setting goals, is for your goals to lead you to your Larger Goal. When setting goals make sure they are following:
1. Specific Make your goals specific, simple and to the point. Make them direct. For example: One of my personal goals is to become and author. Having the goal of writing a book would not be as clear as writing a book about life learned lessons. Narrow your goal down. This allows you to obtain and be in line with the remaining objectives of goal setting. It also helps make life a lot easier. When considering specific goals keep the 6 W's in mind. Who, What, When, Where, Why and Which.The broader the goal is the harder it will be to achieve. Life already has you all over the place sometimes, at least try and create some order with your goals.
2. Measurable Make sure your goal can be measured. If your goal is not able to be measured, you wont know if you are making progress. Ask yourself, "How will I know when and if I accomplished my goal?" There is no greater feeling than knowing that you succeeded at the goals you set out to complete.
3. Attainable You want to ensure that your goal can be reached. Make sure that you are willing to make the necessary adjustments in your life to reach your goal.
4. Relevant Whatever you goal is it should line up with your larger goal. Make sure its relevant and it gets you to your ultimate goal. There should be a connection. Make sure your goal is realistic and only you can be the judge of that. It is ok to set your goals high, but ultimately you will be the one to take risks and make scarifies to get there.
5. Time-Bound There is nothing wrong with setting a little fire to get yourself moving. Give yourself a realistic time frame. If you do not put a date on it, you take the risk of not following through. Without a time limit you may not start, you may procrastinate more or you may be working on this goal forever. To minimize the frustration and make the process smoother, give yourself a time frame to finish your goals. I have had the goal of writing a book for the longest time but in my mind I would become an author someday. Not only does "someday" violate every rule we just covered but it had no time limit. Now I understand why I never started working towards that goal.
To Do List can be used for anything and every situation that you deem important. They help you accomplish daily life goals and with our many responsibilities and obligations. they come in handy. If you have not gotten in the habit of writing things down you should start. Make sure your To Do List have you being PRODUCTIVE and not just BUSY! You can look busy and seem busy, but be busy doing nothing. You want to Produce and not just waste time. Your list will show what you give your time to and what is most important. So make sure they reflect what you value most.
Once you get started it will be easier than you imagined. Plus you feel so much better about taking the first step and the progress you are making. Anything is progress when you are not standing still. I am a living witness.
If you have not been setting goals and utilizing a to do list, its not to late to start. Start TODAY!