Make Your List Goals Not Tasks

If you have goals that lead to another goal, it might be a task and shouldn’t be on the list.

For example if you have paint house, renovate bathroom, sell house as three goals but the main goal is to sell the house then the first two should be tasks.

Each goal should be able to stand on it’s own.

When you have your list of ten go through them and this is where you start making a plan for each. How each will be achieved. For reading a book you just need to get the book so a plan isn’t really required. For travel make another page for this goal and start breaking it out. Work out the cost of flights, hotels, tours so that you have a general budget. Then work out how you are going to pay for the trip. Once things start falling in to place, book the trip and go! (mark it off the list).

For a class you may want to research who offers the class, when, how much and then register for the class then take the class! (mark it off the list)

Look at each goal and figure out the steps needed to complete it and also the timeline for completion.

Hang the list up, share it. I find when you say something out loud it is more likely to happen. Suddenly other people know and the commitment level goes up.

I’ll be sharing my list over the next few weeks and if you would like to share your list send it to me. I’ll post it and send it out to the world and then through the year keep me posted on how your doing!

Put your list in the comments or click on “Contact Me” on the sidebar or email your list to info at quipidity dot com Also if you have any questions please ask.

Be Specific With Your Goals

Take a look at the goals you’ve chosen. They should be specific.

Eat healthy is too broad, narrow it down. What does eat healthy mean to you? Taking your lunch? Eating at home? Coming up with a menu for each week?

Same as get in shape. I usually have a fitness goal, two years ago it was take yoga twice a week. This I can do and leads to getting in shape.

Each goal should be something you can measure, if you can’t measure it how do you know if you’ve reached your goal?

Keep it to items that can be checked off, measured, the items should be tangible. Also shake it up and don’t focus all in one area. Ten fitness goals are great but isn’t there room for a lot more in life?

Saving money should have a set amount to save, paying off debt should be specific items. When you make the items specific and you complete them, checking them off feels good.

Things You Want To Do Or Will Make You Better

The items should be for you. Things that you want. They should not be chores or things you have to do anyway. They should not be courses for work that you don’t really want to take.

Think of the things you’ve been meaning to do but haven’t had time. The places you’ve wanted to go but somehow never make it. A skill you’ve been wanting to learn or a hobby you’ve wanted to pick up again. The list is to remind you of what you want.

It can be a savings goal or finding a new job. The list is meant to motivate you to get off your ass and start doing things.

I usually have a book to read, a class to take, a trip to take and savings is usually in there. The list has changed since I first started making one when I was around sixteen. On that list I believe I had, cowboy boots, black blazer and grow my hair. At sixteen apparently I wanted to work on my image, I am well beyond that now but if you want cowboy boots by all means put them on the list.

Take a look at the list you’ve made and start picking ten items. Choose which ones are the most appealing or important to you. Also still manageable.

I would love to put ten travel destinations on my list but I know that won’t happen in one year.

Rules For The 2012 List

So these are my rules, you can certainly alter them or make up your own. Do whatever works for you as long as it helps you achieve what you want for the year.

I choose ten items every year. I find ten is manageable and doesn’t stress me out. Some items may take the whole year to complete and some might only take a day or two but are on the list because they are things I’ve been meaning to do.

Start by just listing out a bunch of stuff, maybe twenty or thirty. Picture where and who you want to be a year from now, then list out the things that will take you there.

For this week I’ll explain more about what the items on your list could be and what they shouldn’t be.

For today just think about it and make a general list of stuff. A book you want to see, movies you want to watch (I once had “Watch all of Fellini’s films” on my list), places you want to go, things you want to achieve, a class you want to take, a letter you need to write, a phone call you’ve put off making, whatever will take you to the place you want to be this time next year.