Smart Way #7: Getting work done…well.  

When it comes to setting and achieving goals, I find that I usually start off with a hiss and a roar, but nearly always lose the plot somewhere in the middle. I’m not alone here, and it’s amazing what excuses we all come up with about why the goal can’t be achieved or isn’t important.

The trick to getting through those ‘mid-goal’ blues is to set up a mental strategy that includes measurable checkpoints or – as they say in the business world – ‘key performance indicators’.

You’ll learn more about this in Making It on My Own; 52 Smart Ways to Smash It in the Real World, but for now, just concentrate on breaking your goal down into measurable chunks. Apply a time frame to those pieces, and make sure there is a reward at the end of each little milestone.

I like 90-day goals because they have a long enough timeframe to allow for some pretty big achievements, but they are short enough so that the end is always in sight.

This is good for health goals, career goals, and especially study goals. Let’s face it, study can get tedious, especially if your qualification takes years to get. Why not divide up the course of study into years, then semesters, then papers, then tasks? Look at what you have to do right now and create milestones.

Whatever your goal, a mixture of your passion to succeed in your field along with these measurements and milestones will keep you on track.

Get the hang of breaking goals down to achievable tasks in Making It On my Own; 52 Ways to Smash It in the Real World. Buy the e-book or paper copy here.