The Power of Breaking Up Your Goals
If you break up your bigger goals into smaller steps, you should be able to accomplish these smaller steps on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. For example, if your goal is to pay off a credit card balance of $2000, divide that goal into 10 steps of paying off $200 each time.
How many times have you made a daily or weekly to-do list without accomplishing all of your items? I know that I used to do that quite a bit. I would write out all my goals on my computer, and then a week later, come back to it, and realize I forgot to do several things on that list.
Why Do We Forget Our Goals?
Think about all of the times you have made a mental list of things to accomplish the following day. How many times have you actually done all of those things? Quite often, people simply forget their mental lists.
When you make a to-do list, often it is something you type up on your computer or write down on a piece of paper. Unfortunately, we do not always carry these lists with us during the day. What if you could have a constant reminder for your daily goals? Here is the trick:
- Every night, before you go to sleep, write down on a piece of paper (not your computer) 5-10 goals you would like to accomplish for the next day.
- Tape that piece of paper somewhere close to your bed so as soon as you wake up, you will be reminded of your goals.
- Once you wake up and get dressed, fold up that piece of paper and put it inside your pocket. You could even stick it to your coffee mug, or on your rear view mirror. The point is to be constantly reminded of what you made a goal to do that day.
- Once you accomplish the goals, cross them out. Do not throw away that piece of paper until all of the goals are accomplished or you have reassessed the need for them.
The Constant Reminder
The power of this technique is you are keeping focued on the goals for that day. At night, you can reassess and plan for the next day’s goals. Since most us do not have our computers with us at all times of the day, by having your list in your pocket, you will have a constant reminder.
No matter what you accomplish each day, whether you complete all your goals or not, it is very important psychologically to end your day by recognizing and emphasizing your successes. Too often we give too much weight to what we haven’t done and thus become too demoralized to do what still remains to be done.