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Setting daily goals is much like jotting down a to-do list. Some people may think it’s pointless or to-do lists don’t help, but much like daily goal setting, it’s actually very helpful. A study back in 2016 shows that those who wrote down their goals on a daily basis were 42% more likely to hit those goals and achieve their dreams.
But how exactly are we to be writing down our goals? Sure it’s a matter of writing them all down, but there is a lot more to it. Any person can be writing down their goals, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll achieve them automatically after all.
The first step in writing daily goals is actually not to write those goals, but write down your larger goals first. You want to be of course making a list of these goals so make sure you write them down. As for the goals themselves focus particularly on yearly and life goals you want to achieve. From there it’s recommended you number them from most important right now to something you can do later.
From that point, you want to take your highest priority goals and break them down into steps. These steps can be the goals you want to achieve on a monthly basis, weekly basis and then daily basis. This is helpful because it prompts you to think of what sort of actions you need to perform in order to hit those objectives. For example, if you want to drop 30 pounds in a year, you can break that year-long goal into smaller pieces. On a monthly basis, you’ll need to drop about 2-3 pounds per month. This means every week you’ll need to drop roughly 1-2 pounds every week or two. In order to do this, you may have to be exercising for an hour every day for five days per week.
The third step is to set deadlines and benchmarks. Of course no matter the goal there will be an inherent deadline (weekly goals means you have a week to complete the goal, yearly goals you have a year to complete it, etc.) but it’s still good to mark it down. You don’t want to be setting a bunch of small goals that lead you astray. These deadlines serve as a way to make sure you’re not getting off track.
The final step is to recheck your goals one final time. It’s during this point where you can try specific models to ensure they are good quality goals. A lot of people use the SMART model in order to determine the quality of it. The model follows the idea that you need to explain how a goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. Another method that is just as effective is answering a single question: Why are you setting this goal? The benefits of setting a ‘why’ is that you need to provide an emotional reason for you to achieve that goal. If it’s not something you really care about, you won’t be feeling much connection in achieving it.