I am a firm believer that goal-setting can be a very powerful tool to get things done and keep you focused on your core values. I spent a lot of time making my goals for this year, and I want to accomplish as many of them as possible by December 31st, I will not be satisfied with 50% success rate.
The first thing I did with my goals is to make as many of my goals quantifiable as possible, because goals should be measurable. A few of mine were vague-er notions, and so I brainstormed how I would know if I was successful and what I could do to make that happen.
The most important thing I did was to make my 2013 goals a part of my daily life. I don’t want my goals to be things I forget about until the next time I blog about them. So I wrote them out on a piece of paper and hung that up on my wall. Now I can see my goals every single day. (and because my apartment is so small I can see it from my bed, table, desk, couch, etc.)
This is a huge improvement over what I have done in past years, when I have literally forgotten about my goals partway through the year. It’s much harder to accomplish your goals if you can’t even remember what they are!
So when I am pondering what to do next in my day I can look over at my list and make sure that the task I choose is in line with my priorities. At a glance I can see how much progress I have made towards my goals. This motivates me to do more.
Some of my goals are going better than expected, but some are completely stalled and I haven’t yet lifted a finger. Over the month of February, I’m going to review all of my 2013 goals here on the blog. Some will hopefully motivate me to keep doing a good job by making me accountable. And hopefully embarrassment about how little I have done on some will motivate me to do something! I’ll probably start with the goals I’m less embarrassed about.