YOU CAN SET GOALS
Goal setting Myth #25
Setting timeframes is too hard
Life imposes some timeframes on you, such as the date of the marathon you are training for, or when you will sit exams for a course, or a weight loss goal by summer time. So, your preparation fits into this timeframe. You know the timeframe and you can work back from the date to determine what to do and by when.
However, most goals have a timeframe set by you, so you have the luxury of making the timeframe realistic, or even approximate rather than exact. Take care to ensure that there is enough “tension” to drive you so you do not procrastinate and leave it to the last minute.
You don’t need research to tell you that goals set in the near future are more likely to be accomplished than goals set further out in time, as are goals with a timeframe (that research has been done, too). Chunk the goal down and set tighter timeframes on the chunks, even though the final goal timeframe may be loose. These smaller victories are easier to win and will make the outcome much less daunting. Try focusing on a 3-month window.
What happens if you miss a deadline? Firstly, don’t beat yourself up about it. That won’t put you in the best frame of mind to deal with it. Simply stop, look at the situation, analyze your options and decide on a new course.
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