Goal Planning – Part 1
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I’m the type of person who always thought goal planning sounded so hokey. I mean, I figured, I knew what I wanted to do, so why do I have to plan for it? I’ll just get it done. But I also found that I was finishing a lot of projects at the last minute, under a lot of stress, and it always seemed to come down to the wire.
I thought that’s just how I was wired. I would tell myself that I worked best under pressure or I had to have that deadline looming in order to get something done – if I got it done at all. I have so many unfinished projects because I would waste time and then have to move onto the next thing whether it was done or not, or because I lost interest.
Is anyone one else guilty of having a pile of unfinished projects sitting around?
A couple of months ago, I read this book called The 12 Week Year, by Brian P. Moran. This was was the first time a self-help or personal development book actually spoke to me to where I wanted to take action and implement a system into my routine.
For the past 6 weeks, I have been scheduling my time out and doing some quarterly goal planning, which is the concept of Moran’s book. Instead of making yearly goals, you work in 12-week chunks of intentional time. The idea is that you will be able to get more done in the 12 weeks than you normally would in a full year. It was appealing to me because instead of one big year-end push to get stuff done, I could still get that rush, but it wasn’t hanging on such a big “make it or break it” project where I would feel like my whole year was either a failure or a success.
So, what happened after I implemented this system?
I noticed 3 things almost immediately:
1) I felt more organized in both my business and personal life.
2) I started using my time more efficiently (and was intentional with the time I blocked off for each task).
3) I suddenly had more time in my day (which is crazy because I still have the same 24 hours I did before, but I noticed more of my time was freed up each day).
That got me thinking about this next series, and how I could teach you guys what I’ve learned. It’ll be like an interactive mini-course about a few different topics that will tie into goal planning. I’ll show you what’s worked for me and how you can make it work for you.
You can use this system for almost any scenario in your life that you want to work on. Whether you want to become more organized, work on a health and fitness routine, learn a new skill, go back to school and earn a degree, pay off debt, whatever it is.
We’ll learn about creating your vision, we’ll do some self-evaluation on what’s been holding you back, and then we’ll actually make a plan and establish your goals and see what it takes to get there.
I’m excited about this series and hope you will follow along with me as we take some ACTION!
To follow along with the rest of the series you can find the next parts linked below:
Part 2: Creating Your Vision
Part 3: What’s Holding You Back?
Part 4: Getting Started
Part 5: Be SMARTER
Part 6: Putting the Pieces Together