Goal setting – What’s your targeted end-result?
Yes, simple. Just like everyone said. You need to have a goal and stick with it.
Everybody knows the concept of goal setting and pretty much knows it’s effective.
But not many people are actually applying it.
Because it’s easier said than done.
Because people seem to understand that when it comes to goal setting they need to set the ultimate goal of their life. Make it really BIG DEAL!
Sorry to say. But if you only set a single big, long-term goal, and work towards this goal alone, you are set to failure.
Because, as much as how determined you are, you will be burned out when a goal is too big for you to chew out.
I tried it and got burned out before. I don’t want you to go through the same.
From my experience,
Goal setting is actually the art of breaking big goals into a series of small goals. And breaking already small goals to even smaller goals
Keep breaking your goals until it’s become tasks that are small enough for you to complete each in 20 minutes.
You nail one small 20-minute task at a time.
Remember, Rome is not built in one day. You’re building your own empire, do it one step at a time.
Prioritization – which tasks to get done first?
Once you break your goals into a number of tiny 20-minute bite-size tasks, it is very easy to be overwhelmed with all the small tasks to be done.
“Which task to tackle first?”
Simply-speaking you need to prioritize.
Again, prioritization is easier said than done.
Textbook suggests you use 80/20 rule.
Essentially it says do small things (20% of tasks) that make a huge impact (80% of your ultimate goal) to your goal, and leave the rest.
Lovely concept. But how do we measure those 20%/80% stuff?
My say is let go of the 20/80 number, at least for now. And simply answer these questions to each task:
- Why are you having this task?
- What result will you get after completing the task?
- Is this result a good-to-have or it’s a must-have for your ultimate goal?
Be sincere to your answer, don’t let your ego get over you.
Get rid of most of the tasks you have. Keep only absolute necessary ones.
Try it out. Let me know if it’s also working for you by commenting below.