Hello, I’d like to talk about Setting Daily Goals.
Goals are an important part of life. We all have them. From our finances, to our careers, our Health, and our relationships, goals can run the gamut in our lives. Most of us have some experience with setting long-term goals.
But, what about daily goal setting, as opposed to the more passive goal setting that comes along with long-term plans?
Daily goal setting is an integral part of any successful routine because it allows us to target and analyze just where we stand on a day-to-day basis. Since it’s easy to lose sight of our long-term goals, especially when dealing with the millions of distractions in our lives, daily goal setting allows us to stay on track and on point.
I use a portion of my Journaling time each morning to set daily goals. It makes it easier to prioritize tasks and schedule my day.
The following are 4 easy steps to help you start your daily goal setting efforts and make them effective.
Step #1: Set Long Term Targets
The first step in setting daily goals is to know your long-term targets. You can’t have daily goals until you know what you’re aiming for. Knowing your destination is much more important than knowing the direction or route to your destination.
If you need to buy food for your family, you don’t plan to just drive west, you have to plan to arrive at a grocery store, and then pick which direction you need to go.
The long-term goal is a pre-requisite to the short-term goals and milestones. If we don’t know where we’re headed, how are we supposed to make a plan to get there?
Step #2: Planning
The second step to setting effective daily goals is to look at your day from the start as if it were the end. We want to determine just what we need to accomplish each day. If the goal is weight loss, cutting an expense, saving money, writing 2000 words in a journal, or anything else, that’s what we want to get out of the day.
If you don’t dedicate time and resources to Achieving your goals, you will never be able to keep your actions aligned with your target. Without planning, there won’t be any structure to your days and your time will be spent erratically on whatever comes to mind as the day stretches on.
The best time to do your planning is when you first wake up or get going in the morning because the mind is usually fresher and less inhibited by the day’s tasks and workload.
Step #3: Prioritizing
Sometimes, our long-term goals are far bigger than just paying off some debt or losing weight. Not to discount those goals, but often, when we dream big, we’re looking to make huge leaps in our lives. Some of us are too afraid to dream big, but others do it on a regular basis.
Prioritizing our day, however, allows us to schedule the tasks that will help push us closest to our long-term goals, first. The best reason to do this is, we only have a limited supply of will power. Like a muscle, will power can get fatigued, so it’s best to set yourself up for success by prioritizing.
For example, if your long-term goal is to buy a new house or start your own company, prioritize the tasks that will help you get closest to your goals right away. There’s always something that can be done on a daily basis, right now, to move us closer towards a goal.
We could set one of our daily goals to research business names, or brainstorm business ideas, register a domain name, setup a Website, interview a successful business person to gain their insights, and so on.
These tasks also fall under the important but not urgent quadrant of time management, something that every budding entrepreneur must master if they’re going to exit the rat race.
This step involves the simple task of shuffling your tasks or daily goals around to order the most important ones at the beginning of the day. This practice is sometimes referred to as Eating the Elephant. This refers to an old saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite a time.” A less dramatic way of saying this would be to tackle your most important or biggest task of the day first, then work your way through, piece by piece.
Step #4: Analyzing
The final step in daily goal setting lies in careful analysis. The only way that we can move toward what we desire, is to analyze and track our progress. Setup some system of analysis that you can use and stick to it.
Since your daily goals should be set in the morning, your analysis should be conducted at the end of your day. During your evening analysis, track how much of what you set out to accomplish that day, if you followed through, if you got sidetracked and what threw you off, I use my Miracle Diary at the end of the day for this.
When we analyze in the evening, we can gain perspective on just how we followed through during the day. Further, when we setup a system to track and analyze our daily progress towards our goals, we can watch our progress as it unfolds over time.
Looking back, we can see just how far we’ve come, and how far we have left to go. But, without analyzing daily progress, it’s easy to forget what we’ve accomplished.
Goal setting works. Make it your habit today to write down your goals each day and let your goals guide you and inspire you. Let them motivate you into Taking Massive Action and living your life with passion.
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