Achieve More by Setting S.M.A.R.T Goals

Are you a daydreamer? Do you wonder what your life will be like in _____ years? Start creating a plan to reach those things that you day dream about. Create the life you want, instead of wondering about what it may be like in a few years. The first step to having the life you want is to write down what you would like to accomplish. Be specific. Now create a list of things you need to do, that will help you reach your goal. Become better at managing your time using a daily planner.

Set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timebound. If you have never been a goal setter – start by setting daily goals. List the projects you want to accomplish in one day, and write down what you need to do to accomplish them.

Start to also set weekly goals. This might be a larger project that requires some things to be done on each day of the week, so that at the end of the week, the entire project is completed. Create a list of things that need to be done each day to stay on target to meet the weekly goal. Create a specific timetable for the completion of each item on the list.

Begin to set larger and long term goals as well as short term or daily goals. Tell your friends and co-workers what your goals are. Write down your goals and put them in a prominent place for everyone to see. Reward yourself as you complete the small items that lead to the completion of the entire goal. If you have a setback and cannot accomplish a task on time, just adjust the overall timetable. Do not see it as failure, just a small little adjustment in the schedule.

Create a picture book of what you are seeking to accomplish. If it is a business project, what will be your reward (a bonus to take the family on a trip, a promotion and more prestige)? If is a personal project, what are you trying to accomplish. The picture book helps you visualize what you are working towards so you stay on target. Use magazines to cut pictures of what you are trying to accomplish. Look at the picture book each day, to remind you. Even the difficult tasks will become easier, when you know what you are trying to accomplish.

Focus your time on what you need to do while being open to new ways to do it. Just because something has been done the same way in the past, doesn’t mean there isn’t a better way to do it.

People fail to reach their full potential, not because they are lazy, but because they do not set clear, attainable goals and design a roadmap to achieving them. With a little practice and a few minutes of daily planning, you can start to be working on GOAL TIME, not clock time.