In order for me to achieve a goal, I need to be very clear about exactly what I wanted to get done. You too, need to know what your goal is and be very clear about what steps need to be taken to get exactly what you want.
All goals need to be some form of measurable. You need to have some sort of measuring system so that you stay on track and keep that motivation and enjoy the sweet taste of your quantifiable progress as a behavior.
Setting big goals is great, but setting realistic goals is more important. Unrealistic goals will deviate you from your desired path and discourage you since it is unobtainable. A good goal is one that challenges you and that is not so unrealistic that you have virtually no chance of ever accomplishing it. I always tell people the best part about time management is setting goals that have a clear beginning and a clear end knowing what the project is. The other part is ensuring that you begin! It will never be perfect. You will always want to go back and change something. Start it, finish it. Then assess it and change it. But if you never start, you will never get past where you are today.
Goals by themselves do not provide happiness. Goals that are in harmony with our life purpose have the power to make us happy and creating relevant goals will help your business grow.
Sharing your relevant goals with your team will ensure that you're not the only person working on those goals.
You also need to set aside time to accomplish these goals! For example, I had a goal to get 5 blogs done by this week. If I didn't set a deadline for those blogs, I wouldn't have been able to accomplish that. By setting a deadline and some time restraints, your subconscious mind begins to think about that goal day and night and brings you closer to that achievement. I remind you that just thinking about completing your goal will not get you there, but taking action will!
One of the most important things about time management is getting the important things off your plate. If the first thing that you do in the morning is something that's going to move the needle in your business, that's what you need to start your day with or something that helps you get organized along the way. You really want to start your day with the task and the goals that you are most likely procrastinating because once they are completed, you will feel extremely motivated to keep moving along and finish the rest of the tasks on your list.
One of the manuals I had used for training in the past talk about eating the frog.
If the first thing you do in the morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that's probably the worst thing that's going to happen to you all day long. Your frog is the task that will have the greatest impact on achieving your goals and the tasks that you're most likely procrastinating. If you eat two frogs, eat the ugliest one first. It's another way of saying that if you have two important tasks, you start with the biggest, the hardest and most important task, if you have to eat a live frog, it does not pay to sit around and look at it for a very long time.