6 Ways to Keep Your Eyes on Your Goals {Plus Free Download} April 13 2015

As the saying goes, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”. Without any defined goals, you will be in reactive mode on a day to day basis without having clear direction.  Without a plan, we instead deal with distractions that are not necessarily part of your path to improve the quality of your life.

Determine What your Goals Are

This particular planning format is sticking to a week at a time, so setting goals in this way can be quite easy. Big long term goals should also be broken down into smaller bite sized increments, which will prevent you from feeling totally overwhelmed.

The average amount of time a person may have for goal reaching per week is 83 hours – which is a significant amount. This is determined by noting that we have 168 hours in a week, and we work approximately 45 hours, and sleep approximately 40. Even if that 83 hours is cut dramatically by other obligations, you should still easily have a fair amount of hours a week to reach your weekly goals.

Visualize Them

Part of any successful person’s progress is taking the time to actually see themselves accomplishing the thing(s) that they have set out before themselves. Statistics say that if we can’t visualize our goals, they odds of them happening are highly unlikely.

Time Management is Key

Without keeping track of our time and how we spend it, reaching any goal is suddenly out of reach because we’re not holding ourselves accountable.  I keep a simple timer handy, when I am trying to run through a list of tasks to help me reach my goals. There are also apps online to also help you keep track of your time, which are incredibly helpful and fun to utilize. Try Toggl.com and RescueTime.com – two amazing options.

Do The Most Difficult Task First

Behavioral studies show that your chance of successfully reaching your goals is optimized greatly by completing the hardest part first. As Mark Twain said, “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day.” Jump right into that task with a determined attitude and the accomplishment with set you up with confidence and certainty.

Review Your Progress

Maybe tracking your progress sounds discouraging, especially while you’re trying to strengthen your ability and maybe you could use some practice – but this is a pretty enlightening part of the process – as it will bring to your attention some of the silly things you’re getting side tracked with. Stop yourself every hour for a quick moment to assess where you’re at. If you’re finding a pattern of checking your email or Facebook too much, this end up being a great opportunity for you to avoid those things to stay on track.

Give Yourself Credit

Your list of items completed is a sign of certainty that you are very capable and heading in the right direction. Take time to pat yourself on the back for your great progress and efforts. Keep an ongoing list of task completely to build your confidence and give you the fuel you need to reach your goals.  Regardless of what your goals are, referencing your list of accomplishments can be a great motivator.

You can download a great looking weekly goals worksheet here and print as needed.

What tips and tricks can you share to help others reach their goals?