Are you having difficulties in achieving goals?
Does the thought of Goal setting, execution and monitor stress you?
If so, this is for you!
If you search google for personal development plans, self development plans or self-help programs, you will find one word that is common among all the development plans and that word is ‘Goals’. The success of self-development plans or any self-help programs to a large extent on goal setting, executing and implementing, monitoring and reviewing etc. In spite of so much of importance given to goals, we overlook the importance on goals.
Are you still ignoring the importance of goal setting? Do you realize that Goal setting is the prerequisite for your development? Are you clear about what you want in life? Do you have a clear picture of what you want to be doing in the next five-year’s time? Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses? Have you ever tried making a to-do list, or a weekly plan or monthly plan?
If the answers to the majority of the questions listed above are ‘No’, then probably you haven’t mastered the art of Goal Setting or maybe you are still struggling to achieve your goals. In this post, we will give you 8 tips that will help you to effectively achieve your goals.
Achieving Goals: 8 tips to effectively achieve goals:
- Ask yourself, ‘What you want to accomplish?’
- Ask ‘Why you want to accomplish it?’
- Note it down
- Plan your day the evening before
- Identify the tasks that are necessary to accomplish goals.
- Prioritize your tasks
- One task at a time
- Monitor progress
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1st tip for achieving goals: Ask yourself – What you want to accomplish?
The basic criterion for achieving goals is to ask yourself what you want to accomplish? You need to know what you want to achieve. That’s the way you succeed. If you are not aware of what you want, you lack focus and attention in life and your priorities and activities keep changing from time to time. Hence, it is always necessary to know what you want so that you can focus your attention and work towards your goals.
2nd tip for achieving goals: Ask yourself – why you want to accomplish it?
Now that you are aware of what you want, the next thing to consider is your why’s? Knowing about why you want to accomplish a particular goal will give you an insight if your goals are motivated internally, or are they driven from external factors and forces. It is always advisable that your goals are motivated and driven from internal objectives rather than that from external environment.
3rd tip for achieving goals: Note it down:
After considering your what’s and why’s, the next tip for achieving goals is to note down. Writing down goals gives you clarity that is essential for focusing and working on it. According to a recent study on goal setting it was found out that, people who write down their goals achieve more than the ones who don’t write.
4th tip for achieving goals: Identify the tasks that are necessary to accomplish goals.
Accomplishment of goals requires identification of necessary tasks. Goals don’t accomplish by themselves, it requires a planned process that begins with identification of tasks, scheduling of tasks, execution of tasks, monitoring and reviewing tasks.
5th tip for achieving goals: Plan your day the evening before:
If you study most of the successful entrepreneurs, innovators, businessmen you will find that most of them follow this tip for sure. Successful people finish each day by writing the most important tasks that they want to accomplish for the next day. By doing so there are innumerable benefits. To name a few: increased productivity, clarity on what’s urgent and what requires immediate attention, focus on important tasks, simplified pre -preparation and planning etc.
6th tip for achieving goals: Prioritize your tasks:
Not every task requires immediate attention. Your job is to identify that task that needs immediate attention from the tasks that can be postponed later. To prioritize your tasks you can divide your tasks into 4/4 matrix called Dr. Eisenhower matrix. Your tasks can be divided into 4 blocks viz:
- Important and urgent
- Important but not urgent
- Not important but urgent
- Not important and not urgent either
Basing on your requirements, classify your tasks accordingly. To read more about Dr. Eisenhower matrix, Read: The Eisenhower Matrix Method to Plan Your Week Effectively
7th tip for achieving goals: One task at a time:
Many times, we find people feeling proud about their ability to multi-task. It’s perfectly okay to be a multi-tasker. But, if you really want to achieve more, we suggest you take up one task at a time. Multi-tasking diverts your attention resulting in increased errors. Increase in errors requires an additional time in corrections thereby delaying the amount of task completion. A smart achiever is one who devotes his time working efficiently and effectively on a single task thereby avoiding wasting his time in rectifying errors that occur as a result of multi-tasking.
8th tip for achieving goals: Monitoring Progress:
Everything done and implemented above, If there is one thing that is stopping you from achieving your goals then it has to be the absence of monitoring the progress. Regularly monitoring the progress of your tasks gives you an insight into the areas that requires efforts for improvement. It gives you an idea about the strengths and weaknesses. Identification of strengths can help you to identify them as opportunities for your development. And identification of threats give you an insight as to what are the areas that you need to work and improve upon. Working on weaknesses further provide scope for your betterment and advancement. Overall this monitoring mechanism can ultimately help you in assessing yourself and working on improving further.
Finally, we would like concluding the post by emphasizing that it requires a clear and definite plan, timely execution and appropriate monitoring mechanism. Following the 8 Tips mentioned above can surely help you in achieving your goals.
It all starts with the day you decide to accomplish your goals. So what are your goals and what have you achieved today?
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