Up until a few months ago I thought I had a lot of goals. Every year I ended up disappointed with myself because I kept writing the same goals over and over again. The same new year resolutions all over again. The truth is I had wishes, not goals.
This year I decided to avoid the biggest pitfall: setting goals I cannot reach. I got there a bit late, but you know what... better late than never.
How do you do that?
1. You set realistic goals. Let's be honest, selling 10k worth of products by March isn't a realistic goal if you don't know how to sell, have a list, have a budget for advertising or don't have any system in place. No, affirmations won't help you. No, this isn't lack mentality, it's just being realistic of the hours you have in a day.
2. You brainstorm your goals in reverse. You have a goal right? Take a piece of paper and write down EVERYTHING you need to do to get to that goal. Even that new email address you have to create. Even that email you need to send.
Open your Google Calendar (or your Asana, or whatever you use to keep organized.) and schedule your micro goals. If you have brainstormed 20 steps to get to your goal, schedule one step per day (or more than one, just make sure you don't go over 1 hour per session so you have time to work on other projects and client work too). If it feels overwhelming, don't schedule one task/day: schedule one task a week. You'll reach your goal in 5 months but you won't be overwhelmed and you will actually do it.
Remember, be realistic about it. Don't schedule 5 huge things on the same day. Micro goals.
3. Sit down and work towards your goals every day. I find that it's a lot easier since I've done the micro goals work. Now I know what I need to do every day and I'm not worried about the bazillion other things I need to do because it's all scheduled in. I can focus on that task because I have a peace of mind that everything else will be taken care of when it's time, because I've already scheduled when it will happen.