Making Your Goals Time-Based
I Was Not Prepared To Waste Any Time
Without associating time to your goals, you are not going to get them done. It’s easy to declare and talk about goals and make wishes that you’ll get them accomplished. But, too many other activities will get in the way or excuses. You need to create some accountability, and one great way to do that is to assign time to your tasks, give them a time and date to be completed.
Make realistic time frames. Sometimes, even when you choose a time frame that is realistic, you don’t account for other tasks that may interrupt your schedule. There will always be something that creeps up and can serve to derail your goals, so factor this in.
There’s also the situation where others control setting time frames for you. If you work for someone else, he or she will expect you to complete certain tasks. You will have to negotiate the amount of time needed to complete those tasks. It’s usually not to your benefit, which means putting in extra hours and working weekends. It may not be fair, but it is something that happens to many people.
Others may have a say in how your time is managed. Your kids have places they need to go, and you’ll need to get them there. You may need to spend time on those activities, but driving will take time out of your day, all should be factored in.
The point is to make sure to account for the unexpected time that will take you away from your allocated tasks.
Some like to call this a fudge factor. If you haven’t been doing so, keep track of your time so you can refer to it at a later date. You want to record the interruptions as well as the usual tasks. You can then get an average of the interruptions and account for them with your future time allocations.
If you don’t keep track of this information, it’s going to be difficult to advance your goals. You will keep putting off what you want to accomplish and using the interruptions as the reasons why you can’t get stuff done. When you create a list of goals, associate time to them, and account for interruptions, you can have it all.
Sometimes, you’ll get off track and stop recording your time. Try to get back on track as quickly as possible and don’t beat yourself up that it happened. It’s never too late to start up again, and when you get your goals accomplished, it will give you a sense of purpose which will make it all worthwhile.
Don't waste time just drifting talking about goals but never accomplishing any of them.
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