Another great way to make sure you’re hitting your goals is to create a daily checklist. This is different from your daily goal planning in that it’s an even more detailed way to hit your goals. Creating a checklist allows you to essentially go right down the list of what you need to do in a day. If you want to hit your 1,000 words for the day, use the checklist to knock out all the other stuff you need to accomplish first in order to free up time for said 1,000 words.
Some people (me) do better with less detailed goal planning. I get overwhelmed with too many detailed tasks on my plate and get discouraged.
For instance, here’s a daily schedule I’ve tried that doesn’t work for me because it’s too detailed:
- Breakfast 7:00 am.
- Work 8-4 pm.
- Lunch noon.
- Writing 5:00 pm.
- Workout 7:00 pm.
- Dinner 9:00 pm.
- Bed 10:30 pm.
This kind of schedule, while not very detailed, gives me trouble because I’m not good at sticking to these mini deadlines/time frames. Especially when it comes to writing. I cannot sit and write at a specific time. I’ve tried many times and it always leads to failure.
Now, here’s a daily schedule that’s similar but less strict, which I find easier to keep up with:
Notice how stupidly simple that is? It’s almost moronic caveman speak. But it works for me because there’s no time frame. When I box myself into specific time frames, I usually fail to keep my routine up. I don’t know why, I just do. But if I focus on just hitting those daily goals, no matter what time I may get to them, I hit them 100% of the time. The funny thing is, I usually end up keeping the above time schedule without meaning to because that’s how my day unfolds. But knowing I can hit my daily goals whenever I want seems to free up my mind and puts less pressure on me.
Some of you, though, need a way stricter schedule. You perform better whenever you have that strict time frame to follow. Hell, that’s how the military works. It builds a good routine and makes goals and tasks easier to accomplish. It all depends on how you’re wired. The best advice I can give is to tinker around with what works best for your. Try multiple ways of scheduling your tasks and how to hit your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.
The one thing I will say is pretty universal, WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS! No matter what you want to do in life, you need direction. You need a path to follow and it’s up to you to set that path. The best way is through goal planning. I’ll leave you folks with this awesome goal setting advice from the Austrian Oak himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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