Everyone, from the youngest among us to the oldest, wants to feel successful and to accomplish their goals. An unspoken goal for the incredibly young might be to roll over. For someone a little older accomplishing a perfect score on a spelling test might be a goal. As we age our goals become more complex and generally require we complete mini-goals along the way before accomplishing the stated goal. It is rare that someone intentionally sets themselves up for failure so why is it that so many of us have trouble accomplishing our goals?
I do not have all the answers, but I use some strategies which may also help you set yourself up for success and thus accomplish what you set out to do.
What is on your list?
Let’s talk about what needs to come first and that is to identify your goal. Think about what it is you want to accomplish? You may have a lengthy list. There may be somethings on your list that you can tackle and accomplish today, or this week. There may be other goals that require more time, planning and effort to accomplish.
Decide where to focus your energy.
Set yourself up for success by doing a brain dump and writing down every little goal that you want to accomplish.
Take this master list and separate it out into things that are simple to do and more lofty goals which will take more planning.
Now take the lofty goals and decide which one you want to spend your time concentrating on.
I like to refer to two systems which help me focus on my goals. You may have heard of them.
One is the SMART acronym. This acronym asks that you look at your goals and make them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
This makes total sense to me and I’m hoping it does to you also.
The more specific a goal the easier it is to work towards. If a goal is measurable, you will know when you have accomplished it. When a goal is attainable you know it is within reach. Set yourself up for success by working toward a goal that is attainable. Relevant goals make sense in your life right now. By assigning a time frame to the goal you are creating a work schedule for yourself.
Getting Things Done®
The second system I like to use for reference is from David Allen: Getting Things Done. He has five basic steps in his system. They are similar to the ones I outlined above. You can read about them here.
The fact of the matter is that we all, each and every one of us, accomplishes things each day. If we are breathing, we are doing something. Ask yourself if you are going though the motions and doing things because they need to be done or if there is something lurking in the back of your mind that you want to accomplish.
Do you have an idea? Is there a project you’d like to tackle but don’t know where to begin? Do you have a vision in your mind’s eye of how you want your home to look or to function? Is it time to reorganize and release the clutter from your home?
Set yourself up for success by writing it down. Then, if you’re stuck or if you’d like to talk through your next steps, reach out to me. I can hep you create a personalized plan to accomplish your goal.
Diane N. Quintana is a Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®, Master Trainer and owner of DNQ Solutions, LLC based in Atlanta, Georgia. Diane teaches busy people how to become organized and provides them with strategies and solutions for maintaining order in their lives. She specializes in residential and home-office organizing and in working with people affected by ADD, Hoarding, and chronic disorganization.