How To achieve a goal successfully in time | A Step By Step Guide
Every time in my life I thought of creating something daunting, my initial response would be a mild panic attack. But after taking a step back and breaking it down into bite-sized pieces, I realize that this might not be as terrifying or impossible as I (initially) thought it was.
Here I’ve outline 7 steps for you to create a well-structured plan, that will allow you to achieve your goal according to a schedule without feeling overwhelmed or lost.
Everything great starts with a plan. But if you have no idea how you will get to the gold pot at the end of the rainbow, you’re bound to fall face-first into the earth. We live in an amazing time where anything you will ever want to do, there’s a 98% chance someone’s already done it. And there’s most likely a step by step guide lurking around somewhere in the internet explaining exactly what you need to do.
This is the part where you gather any additional information you feel you might be lacking, learn things you need to know before starting, register for courses you need to take. A lot of people choose to skip this step, and I get it. You have an idea, and you can’t wait to see it come to life. You’re excited, impatient, you feel like you have no time to waste. But think about it, if your goal is to create a website from scratch, then you need to know HTML, CSS and the other the basic web design languages. If you plan on creating elements of your site by simply looking up the specific code for that element online on the go without knowing how the language works, sure you’ll end up with a working site. But the design on different parts of the site will be mismatched; the elements will look random and out of place as you don’t know how to change the design of any of the online templates.
3. Divide the task into several subgoals
Split up the task into several goals and try to keep the goals as simple and small as possible. I’ve been using Trello to organize my projects for years. This tool offers a wide variety of task management and scheduling options, yet still manages to be simple and easy to use. For this post I’ll show you how to organize and structure your projects using Trello. Of course you can do it on paper if that’s what you prefer. But because of its flexibility, I find Trello to be more suitable for long term or large projects. I’ve used plenty of other task management apps, but so far I’ve found Trello to be the best.
Let’s say your goal is to create a blog. You can either go to their website or download the Trello app on your phone. Start by creating a new board. Make sure to give it a descriptive name.
Now you can start adding lists to your board. Begin by creating a list for your subgoals. This is where you’ll add the parts you’ve divided your goal into. Add the goals as cards onto your subgoal board
4. Assign a checklist to each subgoal
Click on each of the cards on your subgoal list. You’ll see a small window pop up where you can write a short description of your goal, add checklists, and assign a time slot for each goal.
On the right side of the window, click on checklists to add a new checklist. Name your list and start adding items to it.
5. Reorder your goals
If you’ve written the subgoals or the items on your checklists without considering their order of completion, rearrange them. This will make it easier for you to keep track of what should be done next and allow you to be more mentally prepared for the upcoming tasks.
6. Assign a block of time to each subgoal
There’s a concept called Parkinson’s law which states: “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”, which means that, if you give yourself 1 hour to complete a task, it will take you an hour. But if you assign 4 hours for that task, it may take you 4 hours. So keep this in mind when blocking out time for your subgoals. The key is not too much, not too less but assess your tasks to find that Goldilocks sweet spot.
When you window for each card, you’ll find a due date option on the right menu.
7. Reflect on your accomplishments(for long term goals)
Suppose you need to submit a project for school or work and never have to think about it again post submission. These types of goals are called short term goals. But if your goal is more long term and need regular maintenance, for example writing a blog or creating a youtube channel, accomplishment lists are a great way to help you stay motivated on your journey and give you the boost of inspiration you need when things get too hectic and you feel like giving up.
Create a milestone list and an accomplishments list. Make sure that the cards you add on the milestone list are achievable and don’t take too long to accomplish. Be easy on yourself. Every time you reach a milestone, move the card to the accomplishments list.
But remember, ‘Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal’. This essentially means that, you are not successful when you reach a huge milestone like your first 100,000 pageviews on your blog, instead you are successful in every step you take towards reaching a vision, no matter how small or insignificant it may be.
I’ve used Trello as an example but remember, you can modify the steps mentioned here to fit your needs, whether you prefer to use a paper planner or a printable or another kind of task scheduling app. I’ve been extra careful to make the steps as less complicated as possible so you can adjust them according to your own requirement using any kind of planner.
I hope you find the tricks in this blog post helpful. If you do, check out my other blog posts on organization and personal development. And if there’s something you want me to write about comment down below. I post three times every week. Follow me on Pinterest if you want to know when the next posts will be published. You can find my Pinterest URL on the website header or footer menu.
About The Author
I’m Zarnaz. I’m a self help junkie, caffeine addict, writer, engineer and I’m extremely passionate about the science of people. I want to know what inspires you, motivates you, drives you to make better choices and ultimately, how to help you reach your full potential. This is a blog dedicated to that cause.