Anyone can set goals, whether they’re short-term or long-term. But only a select few people actually achieve their goals because they don’t come equipped with a plan of action to get them there.
Making a commitment to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goal is the first step in realizing what you want to accomplish. It’s important not just to write down your goal, but also to give yourself a deadline for completing it. The deadline gives you something concrete to work towards, and helps drive you towards achieving that goal.
Start by writing down your goals.
- Write down your goals.
- Write down your action plans for each goal, including the dates you plan on accomplishing them by, and all of the steps that need to be taken in order to achieve them (this is how long-term plans become shorter-term ones).
- Write down where you’ll work on these tasks and when; whether it’s at home or at a coffee shop or library, with family or friends around or alone—anywhere but at work! The last thing we want is to be tempted by coworkers who may try their best not be judgmental but will inevitably think less of us if they see our eyes glazing over while they’re talking about their weekend plans on Monday morning before 9am (or worse yet: after 10am).
Then write down the steps you need to take to get there.
To begin, write down the things you need to do in order to get there. Make a list of all the steps you need to take. Next, break down each step into smaller tasks. For example, if your goal is to run a marathon by December 31st, 2020, then creating this plan would include:
- Find an exercise program that works best for me
- Start exercising at least three days per week
- Do interval training (alternating between running fast and walking) until I can run five miles without stopping
Come up with action items that you can do daily or weekly to live out your goal.
Come up with action items that you can do daily or weekly to live out your goal. Make a plan of action, which is essentially a step-by-step guide to get you where you want to go.
Write down the steps you need to take in order to achieve your goals and then make a plan of action (POA). This is not an easy task! You may have more than one POA because there might be several things that need changing before your goal becomes reality. If so, write down each POA separately so that it’s easier for you to follow them individually rather than trying to do everything at once.
If a goal is too big, break it down into smaller tasks.
If you want to achieve a goal, but it feels too big, don’t worry. You can break it down into smaller tasks by setting dates and deadlines for yourself. For example, if your goal is to travel around the world, break that down into smaller goals such as researching destinations and booking tickets. If your goal is to lose weight or become more fit, set up a plan of action that includes exercise routines and healthy eating habits.
You’ll also want to add accountability measures in order for this process not only work well but also be enjoyable! Make sure that there are people who will keep tabs on your progress—whether they’re friends or family members who can support you when times get tough (or just motivate each other). Also consider joining online groups where others might be working toward similar goals as well; these communities can help provide encouragement when necessary while also giving some friendly competition along the way too (if necessary).
Writing down your goals and coming up with action plans will keep you on track toward accomplishing them.
Writing down your goals and coming up with action plans will keep you on track toward accomplishing them. Writing down your goals in a journal or using a productivity app like Habitica can help you stay focused, which will make it easier to achieve the things that are important to you.
If you want to achieve something, write it down!
Perspective is key here. You don’t have to get it right every time, but if you plan effectively, give yourself a little room for error and work towards your goal every day then eventually you’ll reach it.