People with clear goals are more likely to be successful than those without. Most people would agree that organization is key to everything.
Leadership and management are often on the mind of someone successful. Leading is doing the right thing, managing is doing it right. When studying time management, we often worry about efficiency (doing the right things) and assume that effectiveness (leadership) has already met the goals.
To start any time management system, goal setting should be the first step, and I use this 60-minute goals setting exercise to do just that.
- Put “values” at the top of a blank sheet of paper and write down everything you value for 10-15 minutes.
- List your life goals at the top of a blank page. This is where you dream. Think of places you would like to visit, something you would like to experience, or something you would like to accomplish in your lifetime. The goal may be to travel to Australia; earn a college degree; live in a house that is X square feet, etc. Brainstorming has no rules, just create the list.
- Frame this as if you had six months to live. Write what you would do. It’s not uncommon for people close to you to suddenly pass away, no matter how young. No one knows how much time he has left; however, some may only live for six months. Imagine that this is your case. Write everything you would do. This exercise is intended to focus on what is really important. It’s not uncommon to have things I’d do if I only had six months to live that aren’t on the list of my lifetime goals.
4. Begin by writing your goals on a piece of paper. You will find that this step is much easier after you have completed the previous three steps.
5. This is what you must accomplish NOW.
A total of one hour will be required for this exercise. Clearly defining your goals can help you save hundreds of hours in the future.
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