We all have some goals in our personal and professional lives. It’s easier to set goals, but harder to actually achieve them. Many people, me included, outline some new year resolutions but how many of us fulfil them eventually. Possibly some “go-getters” succeed but majority fails. There are multiple reasons behind our failure to attain our goals. Below is a simple two-step approach towards successful accomplishment of our objectives.
Step One: Review and prioritize your goals.
Some people aim for too many goals and end up achieving nothing. What they fail to realize is that their personal resources: time, energy, attention, motivation, all are finite, which means they can only achieve a finite number of goals. Therefore, the first step towards achieving your goals is to review and prioritize them so that they are practically attainable.
Step Two: Break down your projects into smaller tasks.
After reviewing and limiting your list to up to three biggest goals or projects, break them into weekly or daily tasks. Use your unbiased judgement to decide what should be treated as a daily task and what should be on your weekly list. The division of bigger goals into sub goals takes you closer to your destination slowly but surely.
Take an example of a project: writing a book. Imagine you want to write a book of 50,000 words. Instead of keeping a figure of 50,000 in your mind, start with a number as low as 1000 words. Begin by writing a thousand words a day; if you continue doing this without failing, you will have your book ready after two months.
The reason for keeping 1000 words in your mind rather than 50,000 is that a larger task has the potential to overwhelm your mind; it is likely that you will keep postponing it and eventually give up out of frustration. I have taken 1000 words as an example, but you can make a pragmatic estimate based on your peculiar routines and stamina. Whatever you select, should be repeatable on daily basis.
Caution: While performing your daily tasks, beware of two common tendencies: multitasking and procrastination. They are the biggest psychological hazards in the modern world. Both of them distract you from your objectives.
Many people consider multitasking as a useful skill; however, it is the biggest drain on your attention. Better focus on one thing at a time and finish it before moving on to next one. Keep a notebook with you; note down important things that might distract you and then get back to doing what you were working on.
In order to avoid procrastination, break your tasks into smaller bits; as short as half an hour task. During that half an hour, avoid all distractions unless something really urgent knocks your door.
- Review and limit your goals to only necessary items; three is an ideal number.
- Break down your projects into daily and weekly tasks.
- Execute your daily tasks passionately without failing.
- Avoid multitasking and procrastination by working in half an hour work periods.