Good Evening! It’s Monday!!
This is supposed to be a morning post but I didn’t have enough time to finish and post before leaving for work. However, it is a Monday post and even though it’s been a looooooong day and I was seriously considering skipping this post, a deadline is a deadline so press forward I shall!
This week, I’m tackling setting smarter goals.
Last Monday, I wrote about writing a mission statement and redefining resolutions. I have written my personal mission statement and while I’m still working on my resolutions, I did write my goals for the remainder of the year. With six months left in the year, there is still plenty of time to get a lot done.
In the past, I would just write a list at the beginning of the year with all the goals I wanted to accomplish. Something like this:
- Exercise every day
- Learn how to drive a stick shift
- Learn how to play the guitar
- Sleep more
- Read the Bible everyday
- Blog 3 times a week
Does this look familiar? By the end of the year, I’d maaaybe have one or two things done. The thing about goals is that you can’t just write them down. Goals have to turn into task lists. You have to break them down into actionable items, otherwise they’re just going to sit there and collect dust. So for instance, for exercising, a task list could look something like:
- Get a gym membership
- Schedule days during the week to go to the gym
- By work out clothes and new gym shoes
- Make a list of pre and post workout shakes
- Set a fitness goal (weight loss, strength training, etc.)
- Find a work out buddy
- Lose 50 pounds
- Buy new wardrobe when desired goal is reached
You get the idea. But instead of creating task lists for the entire year, break it up into the quarterly seasons (Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep, Oct-Dec). Identify what needs to be done for each of your goals and plot those items in the quarter you want to get them done. Don’t try and do everything at once, spread activities out so you’re not overwhelming yourself. Maybe a goal spans en entire year, maybe just one or two seasons. A first quarter schedule could look like this:
- Set fitness goal
- Get gym membership
- Figure out which days work best for working out. Coordinate with work schedule, family responsibilities, social engagements, sleep schedule, etc. (Allow at least two weeks to find a good rhythm)
- Buy new work out clothes
- Research pre and post workout shakes
- Find a work out buddy
- Track progress through this month
- Lose 5 pounds this month
- Research healthy lunches to bring to work and cut out sugary drinks this month and track progress
I’m just throwing out examples, not suggesting any particular order necessarily. You get what I’m saying though. Quarters are good chunks of time to divvy up a task list–not too long to lose steam and not to short that you can’t get a lot done.
The reality of goals is we probably won’t get everything done on a list and that’s okay. Life happens, plans change, you tweak and adjust and move on. The point is to have a good starting point and a framework for planning things out.
There are 2 quarters left in the year–July through Sept and October through December–so this week, I will be writing out my goals some task lists for the next quarter at least.
My to-do list for this week is short and sweet:
- Write my task lists for the goals I wrote last week.
Right now though, it is way past my bed time and I have a staff meeting at work I have to leave a bit early for!
Good night y’all!