In honor of national Get Organized Month, I’d like to offer you a simple, organized strategy to achieve your goals in 2017. A template can be the best practice for achieving any goal. It’s a standard that you use to accomplish a task, series of tasks and goal. More than ever, we have many goals and not much accomplished. Celebrate national Get Organized Month this year by applying this strategy each day in January and assessing it’s value on January 31.
Step 1: Identify your goal
Write down what you want as a goal. Be specific, measurable, realistic, and detailed to make accomplish the goal. By writing it down, you are also committing to success.
Step 2: Write out advantages for accomplishing your goal
Each advantage gives you justification of why to accomplish this goal now and how it fits your values and needs. The more advantages you write down, the more likely you will keep working the system. These benefits justify your time and energy.
Step 3: Note obstacles to reach this goal.
What stands in the way? Spell out obstacles to overcome and what will hold you back. Identifying a challenge early on keeps you from being discouraged or giving up when the obstacle occurs.
Step 4: Add in skills or knowledge required to reach this goal
There is more to accomplishing a goal than just desire. At times, it requires higher level skills and learning. Identify what you need to learn or what training is needed to reach your goal.
Step 5: Create a team to reach your goal
Look for support and assistance around you. There’s others who have strengths and skills to be collaborators. With this in mind, who can be part of your team to assist you to reach this goal? Reach out and partner up to reach your goal.
Step 6: Plan your work and work your plan
Write down your detailed plan of action of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to reach this goal. Go beyond the planning phase and be sure to execute each step as planned. Assign a completion date for your goal. Every task and project requires a deadline. Set a realistic deadline for you to complete your goal. Your deadline keeps you accountable to accomplishing your goal.
Step 7: Assess your success
There’s an equal amount of learning both strengths and fails in accomplishing a goal. It’s important to celebrate the accomplishment. Just as important is reviewing attaining the goal. When you assess, you are looking for continuous, small improvements, also known as the kaizen method.
I’d love to hear about your progress in using this system. What flaws are you encountering? What’s holding you back? What’s working well? Your daily practice during Get Organized Month for 31 days will serve you well to create a new habit.