Today the internet is filled up with goal setting techniques;
I recently read a great book, that combined with some of my methods revolutionise the progress. I practice all these skills myself and believe that results are guaranteed.
1, The ideas incubator
Ideas come into our heads from all angles. Some fantastic, some mediocre and many ghastly. Our interest here in those fabulous thoughts that could change the world or at least some of our much smaller spheres.
Those ideas that catch our attention I note down. Then I let them stew for two days or so.
Because the ideas put in my "storage box", I can late revisit the ideas to see what holds true. Most decisions don't require immediate action, so if they have survived this period, then I can plan later.
2. The research.
These great ideas then get to my research box/list that will stay active until either completed or deleted. (no longer valid) I try to review every couple of days, but primarily I'm looking at researching on the most promising. There is no order for this, though I tend to do what appeals most at the time. If I am passionate about a particular idea, then that is where the best results will materialise. It's results that I want.
3. A mindful approach, and using focus appropriately.
By putting my ideas on the list, I stop actively thinking about the subject matter. Trying to leave that thought process to the research phase.
By doing this, I can accomplish tasks (a later step).
All through adopting this streamlined process, over time it becomes second nature.
4. Choose technique for your goal setting.
The most common technique follows the S.M.A.R.T. goal approach and has proved successful for many people. However, it also sets you up for possible failure, here is an outline.
S - (specific, simple, sensible, significant, stretching
M - measurable, meaningful, motivating
A - agreed upon, achievable, attainable, acceptable, action-oriented
R - realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-based
T - time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable, time-sensitive.
I prefer goal setting by action planning; this plan removes the stress. I define a workable program of activities to achieve the desired result. What it also prevents is the constant "beating myself up." when I don't meet a deadline.
I set myself achievable, diary-based tasks where I actively work towards specific goals, based on time allocation.
Because I use focused work sessions, I am confident that I achieve a reasonable work rate and acceptable results.
NO PULLING MY HAIR OUT. (not that I have much anyway)
I consistently work fifty-plus hours a week (very often a lot more) and the second method wins for me, but I suggest you try both to gauge your results.
5. Finally, my daily debrief, this is an end of work session signing off process. I detail successes of the day, things that I have learnt from, subjects that require more research and look over my diary for the next day. This process signs me off so that I can free my mind till the following days start of business.
My goals are targeted primarily at fulfilling my vision; I split mine into short/medium and long-term. Aligning goal setting with personal values is paramount to success.
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The influencing book is "Getting things done" by David Allen This can be found on eBay HERE
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