Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Achieve Your Goals

It's already past the midpoint of 2007.

Have you accomplish what you wanted to during the first half of the year?

If not, there's still plenty of time to make some headway before the year is up. Here are 5 tips to help you start getting things done.

1) Set a goal a week. Rather than trying to get a million things done, which usually ends up in getting nothing done at all, set just one goal a week. Work on that goal a little bit each day until you've reached it, even if you're only able to work on it for 15 minutes each day.

2) Make it concrete. If you wait until you have time to work on your goals, that time may never come. You may have to schedule time in your calendar or planner. If you want to organize the garage a little bit each day, set aside the hour directly before dinner.

3) Don't keep it a secret. When you set goals, tell at least three people about them. Let these people know that these goals are very important to you and you'd appreciate any motivation they could send your way. Telling others about your plans may give you the incentive to work towards reaching them. (see my Vision Board)

4) Don't beat yourself up. If you haven't reached your goal by the end of the week, no problem. Just continue working on that one goal the following week. As long as you're working on it a little bit each day, and progressing, you're a lot further than you were when you first set your goal. Once your goal is met, congratulate yourself and set another goal for the following week.

5) Reward yourself! For every goal you set, also come up with a pending reward--something you enjoy only when your goal has been met. For small goals you've accomplished, your rewards may be sipping a cool drink in your backyard, listening to your favorite CD or spending 10 minutes on the telephone talking to your good friend. For larger goals accomplished, your rewards may be buying yourself a new outfit, going to the movies, or even taking a vacation!

What have you achieved in 2007?
What are you working on this week?


Anonymous said...

It's true about keeping our goals for ourselves. Telling others can be a big help if we want them to remind us of how important it is.

Anonymous said...

Rewards could be great, but for others, it could be the reason for their procrastination. It's always a good idea to inform our family or friend about the reward if we don't want to cheat.