Have you set a goal recently that almost feels too big to tackle? Don’t get discourage. This post will help you break your goal into smaller pieces so that it’s easier to take action and see progress.
STEP 1: FIND THE LITTLE GOALS WITHIN YOUR GOAL
You’ll need to take a series of actions to achieve your goal. If you look at each of these actions as smaller goals to achieve, you’ll experience a win pretty fast. Each win can motivate you, which makes it easier to keep working toward your goal.
Find the little goals by writing down the first 5 steps you need to take to achieve your goal. Why stop at 5? Because your focus right now isn’t achieving the big goal. It’s making progress without feeling overwhelmed. Once you get your momentum going, you can add more steps.
STEP 2: ASSIGN EACH LITTLE GOAL A TIME
Your 5 next steps probably look a lot like a to-do list. That’s dangerous! To-do lists can be ignored, and are rarely finished. They just keep growing, which can discourage you. A better way to manage these little goals is to assign them a time.
If you use the Abide & Focus Planner, you can list 1-2 of these steps as weekly goals. That way, your next steps have a deadline. You can go even further by choosing a specific day to take the small step. And better yet, actually choose the time or time block that day you’ll complete the action.
STEP 3: TRACK SUPPORTING HABITS
Many goals, such as losing weight or writing a book, require you to do something on repeat. In the first example, you need exercise; in the second example you need to write consistently.
Identify the habits you need to reach your goal, then decide how frequently you need to do them. Will you exercise every day, or just on week days? Will you write three morning a week, or four? Once you’ve decided, track the habit.
Again, the Abide & Focus Planner is a great tool for this because it has a Habit Tracking section. But you can also do this in any planner or on a wall calendar.
Making big things happen takes small actions. Identify these actions, schedule them, and track them…and you’ll be well on your way to achieving meaningful goals.
And if you’re feeling short on time for your goals, we’ve got you covered. You can get a free copy of our Streamline Your Calendar Guide. It will teach you to three principles that help you minimize time and energy you invest in non-essentials so that you have more time for the things most important to you.