Making progress on goals is always much tougher than setting them.
So, how do you keep up the energy level and make sure you make progress?
We already discussed keeping them visible, but I would like to take that one step further.
Make Them Public!
If you share your goals with someone else it puts you on the line. You now have to make progress to stay credible.
Think about how politicians do it, they make their promises (goals) very visible and the whole country watches to see if they are living up to expectations. Of course most politicians could do with some old fashioned goal setting lessons, but you can’t deny that the publicity provides some very powerful motivation.
Translate that to your own life, you may not want to take out a TV commercial proclaiming your goal to hand in all your assignments on time and get a A+ average, but sharing with a few carefully chosen friends or relatives might just spur you on.
Try creating a peer group, where you share your goals, track each others progress and hold each other accountable.
As a college freshman said at a talk I gave last week “you have to get things done if you’ve told someone else or you feel like a jerk!”
So build in some accountability and see what difference it makes for you.
If you would like some help with goal setting, progressing towards your goals or any other area of Focused Time Management for students then send me an email and we can arrange a chat to discuss your issues and see if I can help.