Frankly, former procrastinators, I get pretty slack between setting goals and achieving them. I get tired and want to give up. Setting SMART goals is a practical boost that helps me be honest because of the specifics and deadlines. I still have to slog through and do the work. Sometimes it appeals but often it doesn’t.
Four things help me persevere. The most important is knowing a direction is from the Lord, not just a fanciful idea. I’m saying “yes” to Him. Today we look at two other things that help tremendously.
First, Break the Year into Quarters. A whole year is a lot to get my arms around. It’s discouraging to see how much further I have to go. Breaking my goals into three month segments is a huge boost. I only have to focus on a small portion of the bigger goal. I only have to work it for a short period.
For example, “Master 6 new recipes this year.” Do two each in the first three quarters. Don’t put any in the holiday quarter. Or, “Reorganize the office.” January-March – Declutter desk and outfit it with supplies. Second quarter – Declutter bookcase and shelve books by topic. Third quarter – Declutter files. Expand as needed. Fourth quarter – Rearrange the furniture to serve better.
Since some goals/priorities do not require all year, I can choose the quarters that work best.
Focusing on quarters keeps me moving and avoids my feeling overwhelmed. It feels great to see progress through the year. Meeting sub goals keeps me on track. I want to keep going. That’s how I made it through our initial photo project.
Second, Use Mini Habits. Whether it’s a Big Hairy Audacious goal or something small, mini habits yield excellent success, simply, daily. Success recharges me. Minis allow for multiple goals. Checkout October blogs to review.
Whether I’m cramped for time or have lots of it, it’s critical for me to set quarter timelines and mini habits so I don’t procrastinate. Instead of slacking off – victory!
How will you break two of your goals into quarters?