I write personal and business goals each year. Some I meet and some I don't. Those that I don't meet, I realize too late that they were much too broad to be achievable. I now know that goals should be broken down into small, achievable steps. For example, one of my business goals is to have my own Web site, but it's not that easy. So I break it down into smaller steps:
- Gather information.
- Read the information and decide what's best for me.
- Choose a URL.
- Register my domain name.
- Find a Web designer.
- Meet with the designer (ask if I can do the updates and give the designer ideas on photos or graphics).
- Write the copy.
- Edit and proof the copy.
- Test the site.
What I don't do is assign due dates to these tasks. It then becomes overwhelming, I would fall behind, and I'll end up giving up. That's not what I want. I'm so busy with working full time, handling my freelance editorial business (working on jobs, finding new clients), writing short stories, plus all the other things that pile up on my desk.
I make weekly To Do lists (which include both personal and business tasks), monthly business To Dos, and it really get discouraging when I don't achieve some of the tasks. Maybe I shouldn't have too much on my lists?
How do you keep to your goals?