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Goals — break em down

goalBuilding on a previous post on taking intention driven action, I have started to break down my long term goals into daily achievable “to-do” lists.

Here’s what I have picked up from this practice.

1. Limit the number of goals per day.

Currently, I use a notepad which is about 9cm X 9cm to list my goals.

As a working adult with a full time job, the time i have left to fulfill my goals on weekdays is very limited. So my WEEKDAY goals are limited to half that notepad. WEEKEND goals go onto the full notepad.

2. Remember to be SMART.

smart-goals

Make use of the SMART principle to set your daily goals. Goals have to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

“Read book X” is not specific enough. “Read X number of pages or chapters of book X” is.

For my daily goals, the dateline would be by the end of the day or before I hit the sack. If a goal/action was not done, I dont get to go to bed yet.

3. Celebrate

celebrate

Once you have cleared your “to-do” list for the day, create one for the next day. Then…CELEBRATE! Watch some TV, hangout with friends, surf facebook, play some games, do whatever you want to reward yourself!

Don’t be in a rush to get to tomorrow’s list. Learn to take breaks and reward yourself. I have found that this will help improve consistency and maintain your interest.

Have fun!

 If you have any additional tips to share, please leave a comment!:)

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Rediscover Your Purpose

As I have shared on ezinearticles.com… What is Your PURPOSE? Your DREAM? Your WHY.

Most people go through life without know their purpose. Knowing their purpose in life has help and spurred many individuals to success. Most of us would have some sort of dream while we were growing up. And yet, most of us would lose sight of that dream and that feeling of purpose after we grow up.

Your dream and your purpose still exists. The only difference is that we are less sensitive to them due to the distractions that engulf our minds during our daily lives.

Here are some tips to help you rediscover your purpose. Firstly, select a weekend, clear all appointments and focus on settling and toning down your daily distractions by creating an “immediate to-do list”. This list will conceive of all the things you have to do, that are on the back of your mind. Some examples include, paying the bills, basic housework, clearing trash, etc. Spend the first day of your weekend clearing as many items off your list as possible.

And on the second day of your weekend, give yourself a break. Stop worrying about the distractions, because you will not be dealing with them today anyway. Find a nice spot at home or at a cafe where you can be comfortable and would not be disturbed by anyone. And just think.

Think about what you currently like to do. What would you want to do if you had an all expenses covered week or month off from your job? What would you always find time to do, even when your schedule is filled to the brim? The answers to these questions will provide hints to your passion. Note that your passions may lie in various places. Do not worry, there is no correct answer to that question. As long as you like doing something and do not mind spending extra time doing it, it can be your passion.

Now, a passion may or may not be a purpose. Racing cars may be your passion, but it may not be your purpose. However, your passion will provide you with hints to your purpose. Racing cars may not be your purpose, but educating the future generation about appropriate racing venues and responsibility on public roads could be it.

Of course, your purpose could be completely unrelated to your passion. For examples, I know of women whose purpose is to gain time freedom, in order to spend time with their young kids. And their passion could be in travel, or cooking.

Your purpose could be in the form of a desire to be able to do what you wish to do.

The key is to take some time off, give yourself a break from the daily distraction of life, and look within to rediscover your purpose.

Patience

patience

慢慢来,比较快.

Translated to English, it means Taking things slowly will make the process faster.

I didnt do research into what the author’s deep meaning behind making that statement (yea, lazy..). However, this sentence had been stuck in my head since I heard it a few years back.

It’s a great line that helps to remind us that we should have patience while we move towards our goals. Slow down, appreciate the view and enjoy the journey..while keeping your mind on the goal.

Learning Tips

First time I have had of ‘DiSSS’. Very useful acronym for learning. and can be applied into other parts of life. As Tim Ferriss says in the video, its all about thinking and analysing creatively.

As explained by Tim Ferriss,

Di: Deconstruction

To break down the skill into smaller parts, focusing on the areas that cause people to fail. IDENTIFY those areas, and AVOID them

S: Selection

Find the 20% of the processes that produces 80% of the results. and FOCUS on learning that 20%. Follows the ‘minimalist’ idea.

S: Sequencing

To do things differently. Play around with the sequence of how things are normally done. QUESTION the ‘normal processes’ and ‘best practices’, and to learn things by doing in reverse.

And, a good tip is to ensure that learning occurs in a situation with NO PRESSURE. No pressure to produce any results.

PRACTICE

S: Stakes

Refers to the CONSEQUENCES. An INCENTIVE for you to achieve the outcome you desire. By including a STAKE and a REFEREE who will track your progress, the success rate increases from 25% to ~75%!

Timetable

timetable
Taken from http://www.stykk.is/comenius/myschool_finland.html 

Recently, I have been reminded on the importance of having a timetable. Yes, those things that we were forced to follow when we were young. There are a bunch of advantage of having one of these even after we have left school! Here are 3 advantages;

Make full use of your time

Once we have a timetable as a guide, we would know exactly what we should do whenever we have free time. Free time is no longer converted into “TV time” or surf-the-internet-till-sleepy time”. Of course, if you wish to put those into your timetable, you can! However, this will help the bunch of us who always find that we do not have enough time, especially after an evening spend in front of the blackbox.

Forms a habit

This works if the timetable is fixed, say it repeats daily, or weekly. After some time (some say its 90 days), we would find that we are getting used to the timetable and the schedule that we had intend to do!

If you have kids who are using a school timetable, just get them to moniter you. They are the experts at the use of a timetable. Imagine having to pack your books and bags for lessons the next day for the whole school term! We were all once experts at the use of a timetable. Plus, kids like to be able to have authority over adults, so they’ll probably bug you till death until you fulfill the tasks on your timetable at the scheduled time.

In line with goal setting

Some of us never accomplish a goal because we do not know how to do it or what to do, or when will we ever have the time to do it. So while you are still in the inspired and motivated state, take the effort to do some research and plan out your timetable. This will give you a better idea of at least what to do next. Heck, you can even schedule a slot on your timetable, just to research on what to do.

But do note, those of us who have a tendency to procrastinate, please get someone who will force you to follow that timetable. A kid will definitely be willing to. Or you could form a team with a bunch of friends, and moniter the progress of the team as a whole!

SO pick up your pens and start planning out your timetable! If you are that lazy, just download a template and get started!

Holiday lessons

fog

 

That was the view we had on our drive up a mountain in Korea. Although the visibility was low, no one was worried. That experience taught me two things.

1. GPS

If you know where you are going and have a plan and a map that leads you there, there is less uncertainty and worry. Once we had the GPS set onto our final destination, we trusted and followed the directions, know that we WILL reach our target destination.

This pointed out the importance of having a goal and a detailed plan. Having something to work towards and a idea of how to get there helps to get rid of some level of uncertainty. This also allows you to have some time to enjoy the ride.

2. Experienced guide

Along the way up to the mountain, our GPS went haywire probably due to the poor connection. On the GPS, our car appeared to be off the road. However instead of panicking, this scenario only managed to crack us up. We had an experienced guide who had been to this mountain several times, and he happened to be our driver.

This showed me the importance of having a mentor, or someone who has already experience success in the area where you would want to succeed. Having someone like that to guide us was a great relief. Many people has mentioned the importance of having a mentor, however it was this experience that made it clear to me.