It’s that time of year again, full of shiny New Year’s Resolutions and sparkly promises that the year is going to be amazing. So why do these resolutions end up getting broken as the months roll by? It’s because people set goals that are too big and undefined. It’s not you, it’s the process. Let’s change the way we execute on our goals, and achieve those seemingly insurmountable New Year’s Resolutions in 2019!
To truly execute a goal, you need a plan. This consists of breaking down the whole goal into different outcomes at different stages, so you can take small steps to get there.
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Plan and brainstorm.
Sit down and do a project brain dump and write any and all possible to-dos that might result from the project, including any thoughts and questions that are running through your mind.
Organize your brain dump.
Group similar tasks, link interdependent ones, and then sequence them. Besides your tasks, write down an estimate of how long it will take you to complete each one.
Look at your calendar.
Portion out all the time you realistically think you’ll be able to spend on your project per week. Block out all your holidays and time off, then add together how much time you have for the project for the year.
Add up all your time estimates from your task list, and then compare this with your calendar estimates.
More often than not, you would have drastically underestimated how much time you might have for your project.
- This allows you to see that you’re not a failure if you can’t achieve your goal if you simply don’t have enough time for it.
- This also allows you to temper your expectations and know how much of your goal you can expect to achieve.
This process is much better, because it allows you to understand feasibly how long it will take you to complete something and what you would need to do. This way, you set yourself up for success!
How about you?
Have you ever written out your plans behind your goals like that? Let me know in the Sabbatical Beauty Facebook Group!