Are you looking for a new way to set goals so that you can achieve them? Goals are difficult to achieve and not having the right method can make this challenge even harder. Luckily, there are some terrific and creative methods that you can use to set goals and make sure that you achieve them. I’ll cover three of the best goal-setting methods out there.
- The Long & Short Goal Method: The first goal-setting method that we’ll cover is probably the one that you’re most familiar with. This is the setting of long-term goals that can be broken down into smaller ones. The way that this method works is by setting long-term goals that you want to achieve over a specified period of time. For example, write down 10 goals that you want to achieve in the next five years. Then determine what short-term goals that you will have to accomplish in order to make this happen. These short goals may be things that you can do in a week, month or it may take as long as a year. There are no time limit requirements on short-term goals. The only rule is that they lead to long-term ones.
- The Checklist Method: If the above method doesn’t appeal to you, then you may want to try the checklist method. The checklist method is similar to the long and short method, but it brings your task list down to a daily level. How you use this method is by creating your long term goals. Then, make a list of things that you can do daily to achieve those goals. This will be your daily checklist. Put it on your phone or tablet, or as the background of your desktop computer, and make sure that you check off all of those goals every day. At first, it will be difficult to get used to it, but after a while it will become second nature to finish your checklist before you go to bed.
- The Journal Method: Finally, there is the journal method. The journal method simply encourages you to write your goals down in a journal or diary, and then write an entry as often as you can about what you are doing to progress towards your goals. This is a much less restrictive method than the checklist or journal and highly creative people may prefer it.