In the last article, I introduced the fundamentals of using the SMART-Goal technique. That is, describing in details how your desired outcome will look and feel like, what its purpose is and how beneficiary it is to accomplish and why it is attainable and relevant to your overall life objectives. As you are setting a defined time frame to achieve your goal, it’s very important to keep in mind that you need to document all your activities, achievements, struggles, solutions and feelings on a piece of paper, or electronically.
Today, I want to provide you with some insight how you can break down your goals into sprints, or cycles, and how you write down your daily activities.
How Do You Achieve Big Goals? By Setting Micro Goals
Every big success starts with a small step. Often times, we get so excited about our goals and talk about them for hours. Or we have endless conversations with ourselves about achieving that goal. Talk is cheap, action is priceless. Don’t allow yourself to be played by your mind, just because the goal you set for yourself seems to be so far away. Instead, break it down to several micro-goals!
In your 100 day smart goal approach, it’s mostly recommended to break down your 100-day goal into 10×10 cycles. That is, you set yourself a micro-goal that you can achieve within the next 10 days. There a couple of reasons why 10 cycles à 10 days can boost your approach (speaking from my own experience):
- It allows you sufficient time to make changes to your overall working methods.
- Your overwhelming feeling will disappear very easily. Achieving a goal in 10 days is much more easier and “more realistic” for your conscious mind.
- You can get to work easier and don’t need to worry about potential failures.
- You can figure out along the way the next steps as you are getting ready to make the first baby steps.
Your First Ten-Day Cycle:
a) My micro-goal is:
b) Three specific accomplishments I want to achieve:
c) My action plan:
d) A concrete habit I need to to use:
Write Down Every Day What You Do That Contributes To Your Goal
Once you set a a micro-goal for your next 10 days, write down every morning the following things:
I am grateful for
Write it down! Are you grateful for having your partner next to your side every morning? Are you grateful for having an inner circle that is cherish you each and every day?
The reason why you write it down in the first place is to focus your mind to the things you already have. Being in a harmonious state of mind is crucial to start at all!
In XYZ days I will
Remind yourself every morning what you will achieve! Sometimes you wake up in the morning and you are just frustrating with the fact that you are stuck in the middle, or you simply cant move forward. Those are the most crucial moments ever while you work on your goal. The ability to overcome your own barriers in order to keep going.
My Number One focus for today will be
Never do too many things at once. What will you achieve when the day is over?
Action Plan for today
Write down the major action items you need to do.
At the end of the day, you will turn the page and make a review about the whole day:
- Two wonderful things that happened today
- Two struggles you encountered
- Possible solutions to those issues
- Tomorrow will be great because..?
- Your Final thoughts for the day
Reflect, Review And Set New Accomplishments For The Next Cycle
After ten days, go through each day and see how far have you come:
- Did you achieve all three major accomplishments you set for yourself?
- What were one of the best things that occurred during these 10 days?
- What struggles did you encounter?
- What are possible solutions to these issues?
Then, take a moment and reward yourself. You just completed the first 10 of your 100 days. Now, repeat the whole cycle for the second round.
I did hope you gained some insights and I encourage you to try this method for yourself. It needs to be mentioned that nobody claims an absolute success rate. There are a bunch of different approaches that one can use as well. Its highly recommended that you use further methods and apps to support your work. For example, different tasks may need to be prioritised for any day. You may want to create a second list where you can set MUST – SHOULD – COULD tasks, in which all MUST tasks need to be completed before you go to bed.