Are you sick and tired of creating to-do lists, and never achieving even half your goals?
Today I want to share with you how to achieve your goals – by first deciding how you want to feel!
Doesn’t that make sense? So why don’t other goal setting tools ask you how you want to feel?
Read this and learn how my simple planning process can get you more focused, less stressed and doing more of what you want. (Plus you can download my free planning template.)
Does this sound familiar?
Every Monday morning I’d think that if I’m focused, committed and disciplined, I’d get through my long list of to-dos.
But no way! I’d get to the end of the week and the list was longer than when I started! No wonder I felt that I was never getting anywhere and feeling whelmed.
So a few months ago I created a whole new way to plan my week. I did this by combining two really simple processes that I’ve been doing for ages – and the result was magic.
Since then I’m achieving at least 80% of the things that I’ve put on my list. And what’s more, they’re the ones that really matter!
Danielle’s approach is that you write down a list of desires. The simple idea is you decide how you want to feel – for that day, week, month or year.
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal that is worth achieving. (Ayn Rand)
I really liked this idea. Having been through a long period of depression it wasn’t hard to decide how I did want to feel.
So I combined this with my regular Monday morning planning session.
The secret to achieving your goals
The way to have a great week and feel good is:
- Be focused on those things that really matter.
- Become familiar with the 80/20 rule. Use this to focus on the 20% of activities that will give you 80% of results. (Here’s a great article on the 80/20 rule from my blogging teacher.)
- Use headings to cluster your activities for where want to make the biggest impact.
- Don’t expect too much of yourself! Then you won’t be disappointed with the results.
The ‘Feel Good AND Get it Done Plan’ – Here’s how to do it!
I create my plan for the week every Monday morning, but you might like to do this on a Sunday evening.
1. Create a ‘New Note’ in Evernote.
(If you haven’t tried Evernote then check it out here.) I use Evernote to store all my documents, web clippings, images and swipe files. I love it because it so easy to find things. Everything is searchable, even the text on images!
2. At the top of the note the subject line is ‘Goals and Intentions – and then the date.
3. Next – I write down is how I want to feel!
For example: ‘This week I want to feel strong, focused, calm, lighter and open.’ I describe the emotions I want to feel; how I want my life to be.
The feelings vary from week-to-week depending on what’s happening, and what emotions will be more likely to rock my week.
4. Then I create headings for each of the areas of my life where I want to put my energy.
For example, this week the first topic is the Blood Sugar Diet, the next is Blog, the third is ‘Coaching’, another is Finance and then these are followed by the General Tasks I want to achieve.
5. I write down my goals under each heading.
This is important! When I write my goals I have to take notice of my intentions for the week.
It’s obvious that I can only rock a few goals AND stay feeling strong, calm and open. And that’s the magic!
And here’s the proof
Since I started using the ‘Feel Good AND Get-It-Done’ plan, the number of weekly goals has got less every week.
That means I feel better during the week. And at the end of the week I’m even happier because I’ve achieved most of my goals. And it usually turns out that they’re the ones that really matter!
Want to give it a try? Here’s my template!
To help you, here’s my ‘Feel Good AND Get-It-Done’ Template’.
You’ll also find a copy of my Goals and Intentions for the past week here. You’ll see I decorate it with stickers, to keep me amused and make sure the list catches my eye regularly.
I’d love to hear how you set goals.
What works for you, that makes sure you get things done? And if it’s not working please test my template.
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