I love writing lists. My favorite part, of course, is checking things off my list. I love the sense of accomplishment I feel after successfully completing a task. Each task or chore finished brings me one step closer to reaching my goals.
Because I get such great feedback and a lot of questions about my goal setting process, I am going to share my goal setting process with all of you. This process isn’t exactly unique. While I have always approached my personal goals and work projects like this, you will find this process on other parts of the Internet. Some people may even charge you for a goal setting workbook. Or you may even see this type of planning in a project management course in your MBA program.
The process that I use is quite lengthy, but I a promise that it works. To keep things from being overwhelming, I will break this down into 5 main parts.
You will be tempted to skip this first step. You make think it isn’t relevant or that you already know what you want. I challenge you to do it anyway. You may be surprised at the results. I know I certainly was.
- Visioning/Self exploration
- What would you like to change?
- How can you make those changes?
- If you could do anything, what would it be?
- What is keeping you from that thing? What is stopping you?
- Year Overview
- Go through each month and write down tentative deadlines and events, plan backwards if needed
- January Whole 30
- February Ski Trip
- March Birthday Celebration
- and so on….
- Quarterly Focus
- Break your year down into quarter segments
- I do mine with the season, but you could do 90 day segments if that works better for you
- For each quarter focus on one thing
- Brain storm/ brain dump goals
- Create 2-3 goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time bound
- Projects and Tasks
- What projects do you need to do to complete these goals
- What tasks are needed to complete the project
- Make a commitment to yourself and your goals.
- Stay focused on one thing at a time
- Plan out your work
- Find accountability
- Eat your frog first each day, do your hardest 1-2 tasks first each day