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The Secret of How to Achieve Goals

Updated on October 25, 2014
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Three steps to help you to achieve your goals

Achievement of goals is at the core of working at home or in the office.

But, as a life-time habit, and one which I like to practice myself, setting goals is actually very motivating in all areas of life, not just your working life.

A few minutes a day spent considering and setting goals will increase your productivity and clarify your mind, leaving you free to concentrate on the tasks ahead.

I'm going to describe in detail some steps to achieve goals which I was taught when I was in business, including some quotes about achieving goals, which I hope will give you the motivation to achieve your own goals.

I only wish that I had received this advice when I was first starting out, instead of somewhat later in life.

I've just re-read this page, and I think I had better remember to follow my own advice!

List of Things to Do  Annotated with A's. B's and C's in order of importance
List of Things to Do Annotated with A's. B's and C's in order of importance | Source

First Step Towards Setting Goals - Make a To-Do List - Lists really do help to remind you what has to be done

It's Useful to Categorize the

List of Goals into -

1. - the A List -

" Urgent and Important"

2. - the B List -

" Less Urgent but Important"

3. - The C List -

"Things Which Need to be Done,

But Which Can be Left Till Later"

You can look on the items in your list as milestones for achieving goals:

You can't keep everything in your head, because, that way, you can allow events to overtake you.

A To-Do List is not intended as a rod to browbeat you - it is a gentle reminder of your good intentions. There is a satisfaction and sense of completion in ticking off things on your list that you have done. And you don't have to do everything on the list of goals if you change your mind - just alter the list or cross it off.

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Subdivide the List Into Bite-Sized Stages

For instance, the task "De-Clutter my desk" would get broken down into specific steps like

"sort out papers into Pending and Filing",

"sort out drawers",

"sort out pens and office equipment"

and so forth

Try to do all the "A" things first, then the "B" things and finally the "C" things

If this is too boring, or not really feasible, try at least to achieve the majority of A things first, maybe throwing in a couple of B and C things because they are quick and easy to get out of the way.

To Break This Down Further: - (You need to take all this into account when drawing up your list of what are effectively goals)

Do the things which are both urgent and important first
Do the things which are both urgent and important first | Source

1 There are things which are Urgent and Important

2 There are things which are Urgent but not Important

3 There are things which are Important but not Urgent

4 There are things which are neither Important nor Urgent, but still need to be done some time in the future - These are the items which will go into your "C" category and you might like to do a couple of these when you have fulfilled your Category A and B items for the day. And of course you will need to review them, because what was not urgent today might well become urgent if you leave it for a few days.

Bookshelf of Novels
Bookshelf of Novels | Source

Second Step Towards Achieving Goals - Organize Your Books - It will be Easier to Find them if They Are in Order

Classify your books according to subject matter so that you can lay your hands on them as soon as you need to.

Do the same with any papers and articles you have kept for reference. Keep them in well-labelled files, and, if appropriate, use dividers within the files to separate the subjects into helpful categories. Thin them out if they become out of date.

If you follow this method, you will always have a useful and up-to-date reference system.

The Clutter Cure - A Book About Decluttering Your Home - the Ideas Will Work Anywhere but are particularly useful if you work at home

Your prescription for the organized and beautiful home you desire -

It's difficult to love your home when every inch is packed with possessions. The Clutter Cure gives you the power to toss the things that are holding you back from living a full life and finally having a beautiful home--one that's more than a giant container for your stuff

The Clutter Cure: Three Steps to Letting Go of Stuff, Organizing Your Space, & Creating the Home of Your Dreams (NTC Self-Help)
The Clutter Cure: Three Steps to Letting Go of Stuff, Organizing Your Space, & Creating the Home of Your Dreams (NTC Self-Help)

you'll learn to:

Understand your compulsion to hold on to things

Buy fewer but better quality items

Envision and create rooms that make you comfortable and happy

Take action by donating, discarding, or selling your stuff

 
Geeky stuff
Geeky stuff | Source

Third Step to Goal Achievement - Sort Out Your Computer - Make sure your computer is cleaned up and optimized to make sure it is running safely, and as quickly

Ensure your folders are properly titled and organized so that you can find things efficiently and easily.

Categorize your documents and photographs, and delete the ones you don't need.

And make sure everything is backed up, so that you don't lose important things if you have a computer crash. Putting things right is a nightmare at the best of times, but losing important information can be disastrous and time-consuming, as well as very stressful.

Remember to do the Urgent and Important things first!
Remember to do the Urgent and Important things first! | Source

To Summarize, if you do all the things listed below, you will be on the way to achieving your goals

You will have a clear idea of what you need to do, and an organized work space in which to do it

  • 1st Step Towards Setting Goals - Make a To-Do List
  • 2nd Step Towards Achieving Goals - Organize Your Books
  • 3rd Step to Goal Achievement - Sort Out Your Computer

How do you remember what needs to be done to achieve goals?

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I like to work with lists - I nearly always date them, as I have so many lying around, some several months old. I try to cross things off as soon as I have done the things on the list, but I don't always remember. Every now and then I take whatever is outstanding on the old list, enter it on a new list and chuck out the old one. I also add things to the Task List on my computer Outlook programme. How do you deal with reminders?

There''s no such thing as failure - just practising for success!
There''s no such thing as failure - just practising for success! | Source

Quotes About Achieving Goals

Goal Achievement is a subject beloved by the great creators of aphorisms!

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. ~Woody Allen

It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done. ~Samuel Johnson, in Boswell's Life of Johnson, 1770

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, learn about them or even seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them - Denis Waitley

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. ~Life's Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.l

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A Turbo Butterfly design on an iPhone Case | Source

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A YouTube Video About Achieving Goals

A Video About How to Achieve Your Goals - Useful YouTube Videos



But Remember - Everyone has their own idea about the best way of achieving goals! You need to choose what works best for you personally

Reader Feedback - What's on your mind? Any thoughts about setting goals?

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    • ismeedee profile image

      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Brilliant, very helpful lens!

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      al9166 5 years ago

      Excellent Lens while work from internet:) Thanks

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      TL Stahling 5 years ago from US

      I love making lists. It gets it out of my head and onto paper. I keep paper and pen by my bed because the thoughts come just as I'm starting to fall asleep at night. I jot them down and then drift off without having to concern myself about remembering them.

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      I hate making lists - I started several times to give up after a couple of days - but still accomplished almost everything that was written down without giving them a second thought :)

      I know I should get more organised but love to be and create in the flow

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Goal setting is absolutely essential. Pinned to my success and prosperity board.

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      Just yesterday I finished reading a book started almost a year ago (because finishing it became my goal), and I did it in one afternoon:) (Needless to mention that I'll have to look back often to really make use of it after "soaking" the info in such a short time)...

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @moonlitta: Yes, I tend to leave started but unfinished books lying around. You are right, it is because they have not been listed as high priority

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Gypzeerose: That's great - I had hoped it would help people

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @chi kung: I also like to be spontaneous, but I do find lists help a lot for the really important things which sometimes get overlooked, especially when mucking about on the computer, as we all do so much nowadays

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great lens! I believe in the power of working one's goals. You break down the steps clearly for others to be able to be goal-minded, too.

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @anonymous: I wish Procrastination could be a goal, because I follow it every day!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This can be challenging for many of us, even those of us who 'think' we're on top of our priorities (lol) - lists work for me to a point, but when I really need to 'lay it out' I absolutely write it out and plan it - your page here has reminded me to do that this week.

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      GrammieOlivia 2 years ago

      Thanks for a great Hub, I need all the help I can get to make my feet move forward.

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