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What Not To Do

May 30, 2012

Filed under: Goals,Lists — @ 1:24 pm

I’ve previously written about the importance of setting goals, and keeping lists and checklists to keep you focused on what you want to accomplish. I’ve suggested that you keep a list of your goals, review it often, and update it frequently.

Two lists to manage your life. Until I read this article, “Two Lists You Should Look at Every Morning,” it had never occurred to me to keep a second list of the things I don’t want to do. The idea is that we often get distracted by things that are urgent, which means that the things that are important don’t get done.

What are you willing to let go? The suggestion is to write down a list of things you are willing to let go. This makes sense to me — maybe it’s okay to decide you won’t read every email that comes into your inbox. Maybe it’s all right to ignore that professional article on an arcane area of the law. If an activity serves nothing more than to keep you on a treadmill, maybe it’s better to skip it.

What’s the tradeoff? If you do decide not to do something and that gives you the opportunity to accomplish something that is truly important to you — attending your children’s sporting event, for example — the tradeoff is probably worth it. So, having a list of what you don’t want to do will help keep you focused on what’s important and what you really want to accomplish.

Please let me know how this helps you!

Setting Goals

January 11, 2012

Filed under: Goals — @ 1:48 pm

In my previous posting, I wrote about the qualities of a successful entrepreneur. One of those qualities is the ability to set and commit to a goal.

I’ve found that goal setting is not as easy as it sounds. The process forces you to admit there may be things in your life that need improvement.

Here are some hints for successful goal setting:

Think of categories. If you’re like most of us, there’s probably more than one area of your life that could use some improvement. I’ve found it useful to set categories for goals I want to accomplish. Here are some examples:

  • Financial goals
  • Health goals
  • Relationship goals
  • Technology goals
  • Fun (this is my favorite category)

Make it specific and measurable. “Lose weight” is a slogan; “lose ten pounds” is a goal.

Set a deadline. If you set a deadline, you can hold yourself accountable to that deadline. Otherwise, working toward accomplishing the goal will always be something you do in the future. So, your goal might be, “lose ten pounds by the end of March.”

Break it into steps. You might think a goal is so big there is no way that you can attain it. However, there are ways to reach very large goals. One useful technique is to break the goal down into small steps. Rather than saying “lose ten pounds,” give yourself a stepping stone on the way to the goal: “lose one pound this week.”

Declare it. If you keep your goal a secret, no one can hold you accountable to it. You will have a much better chance of attaining your goal if you tell someone about it. So, write it down and give your list of goals to someone you trust.

Please let me know how this helps you!