Sure-fire Ways To Set Goals That You Will Truly Accomplish

Ever had a day when you felt did a billion things and yet at the end of the day, you find your to-do list staring right back at ya with nothing crossed off it.

We have all been there, haven’t we? Don’t worry! Here, we will talk about smart rules for goal-setting that will always help you commit yourself to meeting them. But first, it is important to understand the purpose of setting goals.

Why do you need goals? For every successful business, a long-term vision is crucial. If you do not have a direction, there is no point doing random productive stuff that leads you nowhere. I learned that lesson the hard way. Goals give you focus and motivates you to make the most of your time.

Sure-fire ways to set goals

Terrific Rules To Set Goals Like A Boss


Rule # 1 – Find your big bad goal

Identify that one major goal you want to achieve. It could be a broadly defined life, work, education or a habitual goal. Examples: Travel the world; Build a successful business from scratch; Building a skill like critical thinking; Adapting to a healthy lifestyle.

Your big goal could be an exciting and scary one, something that you care about achieving. Ask yourself, what is it that you want to dare to achieve? A passion that you want to follow but seemed laughable. Which accomplishment would make you proud? Your first step to success lies in identifying that one end-result.

Rule # 2 – Set realistic goals

It is great to dream big and you should. But be reasonable about it. Goals that are improbable only leads to frustration and disappointment. Examples: Lose 30 pounds a week (I ate my frustration away the next week). Or my initial work at home monthly to-do list had me working for 15hrs a day (which I did not realize at the time of setting them).

Setting realistic goals makes it possible to meet them and in the process increases your self-esteem. Your big goal should be something within your reach but challenging all the same.

Rule # 3 – Break your big goal into S.M.A.R.T micro goals

Now, that you have a destination, you need to choose your path carefully.

S.M.A.R.T simply means specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. Use this formula to break your final goal into smaller ones. Every micro goal should bring you a step closer to the final target.

Keeping this mind, break your big bad goal into short-term goals that are measurable and has deadlines. Be flexible with the time allocated to each. Give some breathing space for yourself or it could have a negative effect on the overall outcome.

Rule # 4 – Write it down, people

You may have it all locked and loaded in your mind. But studies have proven that you are more likely to achieve your macro and micro goals by simply noting it all down.

Why? Because it strengthens your resolve to achieve them and motivates you to take action. Another plus, it helps you to review them regularly and celebrate each milestone. Personally, writing it down has made me strike out some items from my goal list that did not align with my final destination.

 Rule # 5 – Define your priorities

Now, that you have your S.M.A.R.T goals written down, give them a once over and identify what you need to do first.

The best way to go about it is to number them. Rate them on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the most important. Focus on the top 5 first and assign a deadline to each. Ask yourself, which is the goal that will have the biggest impact on your final target? Generally, these are a bit daunting and more time consuming than others. You could try working on the lower rated goals for short-term motivation first. But, it is not advisable to push the higher priority goals down your list.

Numbering your goals is another way for you to weed out things on your list that may not be of value. Instead of numbering your goals, you could also try color coding them.

Rule # 6 – Focus on one task at a time

I used to set daily goals for a variety of tasks and set time for each activity. There were days when I did manage to meet them but mostly that was not the case. But, multitasking seems to be a better way to be productive, doesn’t it? But study after study shows switching between tasks is less productive.

Focusing on one task at a time is a smart way to focus more of your attention on that task. It may not sound as incredible as multi-tasking but the time consumed while focusing on one task at a time is lesser than splitting your attention between 2 separate tasks.

Set goals in such a way that you will not move on to the next task unless you have completed the first one and so on. I still do daily goals but I make it a point not to work on a million things and just 1 task till it is done.

Rule # 7 – Track your progress regularly

In Rule# 4, you set measurable goals that had timelines next to it. Don’t just leave it there. Review them on a weekly and monthly basis and track your achievements.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld shared a pretty simple way to keep you productive consistently. Keep a calendar where you can check of each day that you have met your daily goal until you have a chain of days. Don’t break the chain. This is called the “Seinfeld method”.

There are plenty of apps now that could help you track and measure your progress. Make use of technology to keep yourself on course. I write a monthly blog report to track what I have achieved the previous month and my goals for the next month. Reviewing my work helps me feel more accountable now.

Rule # 8 – Reward yourself for each milestone

For a job well done, you deserve a pat on the back. This keeps you on the path of continued success and works harder towards the next benchmark. It builds a

Do something that you love that you did not have time to enjoy for some time. Be disciplined about it and make a point to gift yourself something on extremely valuable occasions. Going overboard with rewarding yourself does more harm than good. So, do keep a tight reign on it.

Acknowledging your important achievements regularly helps your brain to recognize this as a pleasant outcome and crushing your goals will become a habit.

Rule # 9 – Have your goals in sight

Florence Chadwick wanted to be the first woman to swim across the English Channel. While she was on her historical journey, a thick fog set in and she quit because all she could see was the fog and was doubtful if she could make it. But two months later, she swam from Catalina Island to the shore of California. The same fog had set at this time as well. How did she do it? Florence kept a mental image of the shoreline firmly in her mind and became the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel.

Having your goal in your vision acts as the ultimate catalyst to overcome obstacles. Do not lose sight what you want to achieve.

There are many ways to go about it like using a sticky note and plastering it next to your system. Build a vision board with pictures of what aligns with your goals. Take time to remind yourself every day why you are doing what you do.

Rule # 10 – Track time to eliminate distractions

While you are on your epic journey to meet your goal, you may encounter numerous distractions. The best way to eliminate these is to first recognize them.

I use a time tracker on excel to track my daily activities. While I review my work periodically, this shows me the total time I spent on activities and identify ones that are not adding any merit. You have numerous apps that could do the same for you today.

Tracking your time gives you a true picture of your day. It may be a bit tedious initially to do a meticulous tracking but believe me, it is a great investment for your long-term goal.


Follow these terrific rules for goal-setting and find your productivity soaring.

It is easy to be derailed from your chosen path if you have not set meaningful goals. So, let this be a new beginning. Crush your to-do list by setting a fool-proof goal plan.

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