I’ve taken many webinars and read even more blog posts about setting and reaching goals, and various progress record-keeping methods. What I’m doing this year I’ve never seen anywhere before.
Two things contributed to this idea: Working on a business plan for 2014 and watching a set of videos by Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul) about book publishing. One thing Jack said was worth the hours I spent watching those videos, “To get your book published you need to take five actionable steps a day.” That advice can apply to any goal a person has, whether publishing a book or learning to play an instrument. It doesn’t matter what your goals are, you just need to move forward.
When I heard that I remembered that my business plan included five areas to work this year. To apply Jack’s advice, I could work on one thing in each area every day and get somewhere — hopefully where I wanted to be. Or, I could do five things for one area for a week and then move to the next area the next week, and so on. In a five-week period, I would cover the entire plan and then start over.
How I work through it doesn’t matter, at this point. What matters is how I am going to keep this plan in front of my face.
Thinking Through Productivity Systems
Some folks recommend the whiteboard. I love whiteboards but mine always gets erased. Doesn’t matter how hard I try to protect it, a child will decide to draw me a picture, a teenager will brush up against it reaching for something, or I might need that space to write something else.
I could just write it down on paper and tack it to the bulletin board. Then I find a killer quote and write it down and tack that to the bulletin board. Then a little boy drawing gets tacked to the bulletin board, and the next thing you know, the business plan gets buried under other things.
Don’t even think there is a prominent place on my desk for this piece of paper. Creatives are messy.
I could get with the times and put my business plan in Evernote or some other software designed for saving things. Problem is, I have to remember to open those programs and check my to-do list, goals list, and business plan.
I’m middle-aged. I don’t remember like I used to.
Even if I pasted my plan in the back of a paper planner, I’d have to remember the planner existed, and then I’d have to remember where I set the planner (probably under a pile on my desk) before I could check it for the daily “five actionable steps.”
My Creative Visual for Reaching Goals
No. I needed to put my plan somewhere where it would be in my face every single day without getting buried, erased, or forgotten. That is when it hit me . . . my desktop. My virtual desktop. This is what I did.
I drew a diagram on a piece of paper with five sections.
At the top of each section, I wrote a label to define a category for my business plan.
I then filled in what I want to do in 2014 for each area of my plan.
Next, I scanned that paper into the computer and set it as my desktop wallpaper. Now, every time I open my laptop, there is my business plan right in front of my face. Easy-peasy.
What are you doing to organize your 2014 goals? Do you need paper and pencil or are you a virtual tool kind of person? Leave a comment!