Laying down goals for the year is way too daunting. I wrote my 2018 goals into one post, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I have the plan to execute it. This is new thinking for me, but I think I’ve found a way to make achieving goals manageable.
1. DIVIDE YOUR YEAR INTO QUARTERS
I don’t know why I didn’t apply this concept to my life earlier. Once you break it down into 4 months at a time, your goals are more manageable.
It gives you less to focus on. If you know one of your goals will take more than 4 months to achieve, you don’t have to worry as much about it. That doesn’t mean stop working towards it though. You still have to work hard to ensure it’s achieved in the second, third or fourth quarter.
2. FIGURE OUT WHAT FITS WHERE
Now that you have four quarters, it’s up to you to see which goal goes where. For my goal of completing Hootsuite Academy, I know I’m too booked up with schoolwork this quarter and probably the next, so it’ll go into the third.
Do not schedule goals into the latter quarters just so you can have a relaxing beginning. In fact, I think it’s more rewarding to complete all the smaller goals in the first half, and leave the bigger achievements later as they’ll most likely take more time and mean more.
3. BE COMMITTED TO YOUR GOALS
This whole “splitting your year into quarters” isn’t going to work if you’re not committed. Nothing will be achieved when you’re not committed, period. So get committed. That way you will work hard to ensure you don’t let yourself down.
Promise yourself with success, commit to your promise, and you’ll see it all pay off.
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