I love to do stuff. So much stuff in fact, I often find myself overwhelmed by my own unorganized ambition, but luckily, I found my fix. I wrote a while back about my brain drain technique, which is fantastic for relieving stress and nailing short term tasks, but I was still trying to figure out how to manage longer term goals. While it might not be the perfect fix for everything, I’ve settled on 3-month goals.
I outline 2-4 objectives in 5 categories, resulting in around 15 objectives for every 3 months. My 5 categories for the past 6 months have been:
- Personal Growth
- Career Growth
I make sure my goals are measurable and attainable. A few examples for the next couple months for me are:
- Go on a 2-day backpacking trip with my best friend Parker
- Learn how to use AJAX to create stateless micro apps
- Payoff 50% of my school loans from senior year
I always work to follow through on these and set dates or milestones for myself, just like I would for a client. Without committing to a date, it’s not often you’ll realize your goals.
Stop thinking and talking about the things you’re “going to do” and write it down. Make the commitment to yourself concrete and set yourself up for success. I do it with 3-month goals, but it doesn’t really matter.
Having trouble starting your categories or goals? Take an hour to sit down, think about the near future and answer these questions…What are:
- 3 things I want to do
- 3 things I want to be
- 3 things I want to have
It works for me and I’m sure it can work for you too. It feels great to have objectives set and feel like I’m working towards goals and dreams.
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