One of my bosses had a favorite saying:
"If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."
True for IM as well as anything else. You need to set your goals so you can check and measure your progress.
Beginnings of the month are good times to take stock and figure out what you hope to accomplish this month.
You might think of your goals in terms of:
1. Minimum (must do)
2. Target -- now we're humming
3. Zone -- like in "zoned out" -- if you make all these goals in the month you'll be riding high.
They can be (and probably should be) for all kinds of things:
1. business goals
-- what do you plan to produce/create/etc
-- what do you plan on making
2. personal goals
-- e.g., weight loss, stop smoking, meditation, exercise, etc.
-- what will you read this month?
-- what will you give up this month (maybe a Starbucks? Maybe driving your car as much?)
-- cleaning your office?
-- becoming more productive?
3. celebration goals
-- I firmly believe that when you accomplish something you set out to do, you celebrate it. To not do so will hinder your success. Reward is essential. I have a friend who managed to create an email list with 200 people. I told him to reward himself. He did not, said he didn't have time. I'm not sure if that email list ever grew.
-- When you set a goal, also have some idea of how you will reward yourself. It doesn't need to be outlandish. Maybe it's a trip to get a favorite eats. Or to see a movie. Or get tickets to game. Or just take a day off. Make it according to the size of the goal. Smaller goals get smaller rewards. E.G. -- For writing your 10 articles, you might reward yourself with 30 minutes of playing solitaire.
Set up some things that you plan to regularly do. Such as read/and or learn something -- 30 minutes each day.
There may be some things here I missed ...
SO... feel free to
1. add what you think is important for creating, planning and achieving goals (yours or mine or anyone's)
2. indicate what you hope to accomplish (a few years' ago I ran threads like this on the WF every month and people seemed to enjoy them ... so I thought I'd see about bringing them back.
Actually, I'm in the middle of accomplishing one goal -- so I will get back to you with my list later....
I will tell you that one of my goals (actually left over from August) is to get 5 particular websites made up.
Another is to go through and implement the material in a course I recently took.
And I have 3 proposals I need to write. I noticed those didn't get done last month either.