If you remember my post on Losing Focus I was feeling off balance and out of focus. Not that I didn’t accomplish a lot in the past year but more that I wasn’t working towards long term goals and just letting life dictate where I should be going. This made me feel like I was floating through life, rather than directing the train where I wanted it to go.
I had then started a book called The Power of 100! which is a workbook for organizing your dreams and building momentum. It really helps to organize your goals and move you towards achieving short term and long term goals.
I am going to break one of my groups down to show how it should sort of look. Also know that not all 100 goals will necessary be done when you are brainstorming your goals, they may fill in down the road once you complete another goal.
I am going to breakdown the category Career and Finance.
To Complete within 2 Months – Two Goals
Find a Woodworking class to take
Finish watching the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Videos
To Complete in a Year or Less – Three Goals
Take the Woodworking class
Pay off 50% of my debt not including my house
Open up an Etsy Shop
To Complete Within 5 Years – Five Goals
Pay for my next car in cash
Buy or build my dream home
Save up to 6 months of finances in savings
Sell up to $100,000.00 in goods in my Etsy shop
Be featured in a magazine with one of my Woodworking projects
To Complete in 5 Years or More – Two Goals
Be completely debt free including my house
Some of these goals may change as time goes on and that is okay. The point is to move forward towards them and revise as needed.
In talking with Lauren and Kate via text we were talking about multi-tasking. I know I wouldn’t be able to get nearly half the things I get done, if it wasn’t for my to-do lists. I have lists for everything including things I have to do everyday, through the week, and some longer term goals. I have lists for personal items, blog items, house items, drawings for woodworking projects, and recipe ideas I want to make.
I pull from all the lists some things I want to accomplish or get done for the day. For example last night I was reading my book while on the treadmill, then I cooked some dinner. While my dinner was cooking I put coconut oil in my hair for a hair mask, removed a piece of wall art and replaced it with a new piece, filled my humidifier, and hand washed some dishes. Being able to do a few of those chores everyday may or may not seem like a lot but it prevents them from all spilling into the weekend. We know how busy those are already!
Do you use to-do lists? Electronic or Paper?
How do you keep track of your long term goals?