We spend a lot of time making goals. We plan how we are going to do it, then we start working on it like no tomorrow. Then, it tapers off. Slowly we just seem to forget the plan we made. I think a part of the problem is that we let a lot of things get in the way. We seem to make our own goals negotiable. If they are important to you, they are non negotiable.
I’m not saying that you should just avoid everything just for your goals, but there are a lot of things you could do to prevent it. Set a time for your goals and make it consistent. There’s nothing that’s allowed to interfere. Shut off the phone for 30 minutes and read a book. Jot your progress somewhere to make sure you can see what you have been doing. Don’t let the small things get to you.
I also firmly believe your goals should be extremely measurable, that is, you can almost quantify your progress. Examples are:
- I will eat X calories per day
- I will learn one new word a day.
- I will learn one new magic trick a week.
- I will read 10 pages a day.
There are easy for you to see, and track if you have done it. In some cases, some goals are hard to track, an example would be programming. Learning to programming is kind of open ended. How do you track progress there? I’d say it’s about the time you spend PROPERLY. So spend a true 30 minutes learning to program, or a true 30 minutes learning piano. By true, I mean distraction free!
Have a great day, and stick to your goals.
Or don’t your goals matter to you?