Break Your Goals Into Smaller Pieces
Did you complete the challenge from yesterday to consider your area of responsibility and write down your most important goals for each area? As we look at our goals, we will work to make your goals manageable and not overwhelming.
Today is Day 6 is our discussion of Make Over Your Mornings by Crystal Paine. Yesterday’s lesson focused on recognizing our important areas of responsibility and setting goals for each area. Our next step is to make your goals manageable by breaking them into smaller pieces.
As you start your morning, your goals should be a primary focus of your morning hours. Setting realistic and actionable goals are an important part of the planning process.
Set Specific and Realistic Goals
As you look at your list of goals, be sure you have specific and realistic goals. You will become frustrated and discouraged if you have not set realistic goals you can accomplish.
How do you set your goals? Do you prefer yearly goals, then break them down to monthly and weekly goals? Or do you prefer 90-day goals that will lead you to bigger goals?
Divide Your Goals to Smaller Goals for Success
As you look at your goals, have you divided them into smaller pieces that make your goals manageable for you? Your mornings will be more successful if you are able to complete each goal you set. Just as Crystal shared her example of running a 5K race, she divided her goal into smaller goals and she worked on it every day.
In the workbook, Crystal mentions that she likes to set weekly goals to reach her larger goals. Personally, I prefer to break larger yearly goals into monthly goals, then divide those goals to weekly and daily if needed so I stay on task and continually track my progress.
Using Your Goals for Successful Mornings
At this point, you should have your larger goals for your areas of responsibility and your smaller goals (the manageable steps to reach your larger goals). Now, look at your morning routine. Are you incorporating these goals and steps into your morning?
If you are not including your goals in your morning routine, how can you rearrange your morning to start making small steps of progress toward your goals in the morning. Do you need to get up a little earlier? Do you need to set a priority list?
Today’s Challenge – Make Your Goals Manageable
The workbook from Make Over Your Mornings includes a worksheet to help you review your current areas of responsibility and make your goals manageable for each area. The worksheet will help you divide your bigger goals into monthly steps to reach the goal.
Remember, as you complete the worksheet, you want to make your monthly goals doable and not overwhelming.
How do you manage your goals smaller pieces? Do you prefer monthly or weekly goals to help you stay focused on your larger goals (90-day or yearly goals)? What steps are you going to take today to start reaching your goals?
P.S. while we are on the topic of setting goals, I have become a true believer in using a printed planner to manage your day. Here’s a review of 6 different planners that may help you choose the right planner for you.
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