Define Your Particular Goals-Goals let you know where you’re going, how you’ll get there and when you’ll arrive; they’re a target for you to shoot at.
The more specific you can be, the better. Set your goals in terms of measurable amounts that are actually achievable and that you can commit to.
For example, don’t plan in general-“I’ll have a successful freelance business“; instead, plan in specifics-“This month I’ll make five contacts for the purpose of acquiring at least two new clients.”
This enables you to know what you have to do by what date. And if you DON’T reach the goal by then, just keep going until you do!
Write Them Down-Put it on paper, your computer database or personal organizer.
Under each goal, list all the tasks you’ll need to do to reach that particular one.
Cross off these tasks as you achieve them.
Always Keep Your Goals In Sight-Don’t bury them somewhere (because you WILL forget them and won’t be as motivated). Hang them up as a poster above your computer (yes, they can be stored on the computer, but sometimes it’s too easy to ignore them there, too.) or on a wall behind your desk. Tape them on a work table or part of your work area. Carry them with you. Write them on your calendar.
Review The Goals Daily-When planning your schedule and putting together your daily to-do list, refer to the goals. Don’t let a day go by without taking some step toward your goals. Include the goal’s key tasks on the calendar. This ensures they’ll have your utmost attention.
Do A Daily Goal Check and Create Them for All Career and Life Aspects-At day’s end, ask yourself, “What have I done to get closer to my goal (or goals)?” And no excuses!
If you haven’t done anything through the day, try your best to get a goal’s task done that evening if need be.
One common way to sabotage goals is to set them for only one aspect of your life or career. For example, if you’re running a business, you’re not only running it; you’re also getting the business and doing the business. You don’t want to concentrate on just one part.
And don’t make just work-related goals; make some personal ones as well, for balance. One of the things that you can do is plan a weekly family outing or dinner with you and just the hubby or the wife once a month.