Over the course of my life I’ve found that the best way to reach your goals is simply to keep them top-of-mind and actually remember that you’re moving toward them. Have you ever had a moment where you suddenly realize that you’ve completely forgotten about a goal you were determined to meet, weeks going by before you finally remembered? Story of my life.
So I’ve been writing down or reviewing my goals every day, so I don’t forget. I set goals for the week and reference a sheet of paper that outlines these goals for the week. I got the idea from Penelope Trunk, who says that she writes down her goals every morning and references this post as the reason for doing so.
I find that it helps immensely. Even if I don’t meet the goal I set, I always make far more progress on the goals I’ve written down and consistently referenced. I like to think that part of the reason for this is that your mind has a hard time helping you stay on track when a plethora of other ideas, thoughts and immediate action items are clogging your mental arteries. I’ve been using this planning sheet from searching4arcadia, which is a mixture of principles taken from Getting Things Done, The Now Habit and 7 Habits, blended together using the structure of the Printable CEO format. It’s been a great all-in-one sheet for referencing goals and my commitments for the week.