My Goals and Daily Programme

by J1mmy
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I've been trying to find a self-improvement forum online, and I'm surprised that a dedicated one doesn't exist.

I have an issue that has been bothering me, I've been unable to find the solution for.

In the turn of this year, I have put together some goals which I want to pursue and areas of my life I want to advance in. To meet these goals, or to work within these areas, I have create a daily programme which outlines everything I need to do by the hour. If I flow this schedule, I can be sure that I will meet these goals and consider myself to be 'productive'.

One of the issues here is that I can never follow each daily schedule 100% this is because it doesn't really allow for any emergencies that arise, and it can't otherwise I might as well not have a programme as I can't foresee the future.

The main issue is that, say I have a total of 5 goals, and they're all spread out across the 7 days of the week, do I spend the majority of one day on each goal, some hours a day on all goals, or a week one goal at a time then repeat the cycle, or spend a few days on one goal then the next?

I have been trying to work with different combinations. Personally, I have found that keeping something consistent, ie, working with a goal for the day totally allows for more work to be accomplished that having those 4 or 5 hours stretched out across 5 to 7 days. I also do to the gym everyday in the evening so cross out 3 hours for that, along with an hour of compulsory reading a day so there is just about 4 ot 5 quality hours after accounting for meal times etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author damiensuccess
    Assuming your not working a nine to five. What type of goals are these? Financial? Health? Mental?

    It is difficult to recommend how or when you perform your goals. Great to see that you actually have a program in place. This is a very difficult step for many people.

    Another personal question. How old are you? Are you in school? Starting a business?
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  • Profile picture of the author J1mmy
    I don't work 9 - 5, but work evenings 5 - 10 Thursday to Sunday. Otherwise it's gym in the evening.

    It's a combination of those. Mostly to do with addressing career development - cover letter writing, finding new opportunities; writing for publication; studying; gym. I have an exam coming up, so now I'll begin to revise the program to put a focus on that.

    I've had this program for at least a year, but it has been evolving since the first version. I've adjusted the times of slots, but having great difficulty in sticking to it as it seems that my mind isn't used to the way I've constructed it. I'm 25, just finished school, and in the process of moving up the career ladder.

    One of the biggest problems I've found is trying to stick to this at home. I suspect it's all the distractions that exist in the comfort of one's home that's keeping me from following this program 100%
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    • Profile picture of the author damiensuccess
      I have reached the sudden realization that I may be in a similar position with working towards my goals at home..

      Wow, I guess I'm in this one for the advise also...

      Lately, many events and activity is happening at home. A new dog certainly adds to distractions, along with neighbors popping by, and the mess of yard work the winter has caused. Trench through my yard at this stage..

      Thankfully this is a helpful forum. Lets have someone else take the stage on this topic for the both of us

      I immediately need to find ways to get around the new distractions. Maybe moving the office to the far side of the house.. hmm..
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    I think if the office you work in is in the house where all your distractions reside, it might not be as effective.

    I remember when I was studying for my degree that I would leave my room to study in the library. I could easily studied at home, with all the distractions and get nothing done of course. But the fact that I made the effort to get ready and trek to the library ensured that I spent the time wisely. I went there to work, and that's what I did. I was in a public place, no computer in front of me just my book, and my notes.

    I've been considering going to the library to study, but that'll mean changing my 2 hour slot on a Tuesday morning to a 3 or 4 hour slot, so my travel is worthwhile.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Lindner
    J1mmy,

    I was recently asked a question about consistency. I've listed the link at the end of this response.

    What happens frequently is that many seem to have so many goals and so many irons in the fire--this creates an almost-paralysis of action. Then what happens is that when we sit down to do real, actual work we end up wasting much of it because we "wing it," so-to-speak.

    Also, there is nothing wrong with not being able to work at home right now. Sure, minimize distractions. But maybe that's not how you work best. How do YOU work best?

    If you spoke with 10 successful people they will all have different ways they work best, BUT they will also have a few things in common. In common, for example, they will take concrete, high-quality action that is laser-focused. If my action is high-quality, I will move on and wait until it is high-quality, or the time is wasted.

    They have an INTENTION when they work. A task will always expand (or shrink) with the time allocated for it. If you sit down for 4 hours with only 1 hour of what I call "high-quality focus," and you've also got Facebook open next to you (and you're at home), this is a recipe for wasting gobs of time.

    I work in one spot for only a few hours at a time. I don't work from home often. I'd rather be at the beach ;-) It's about FREEEEDOM! Best wishes!

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  • Profile picture of the author J1mmy
    That's all fine. But the problem is that I know exactly what I need to be doing, but the fire just isn't there. I don't know if this is case of no motivation, or having the wrong approach.

    As long as I can get the work done that I need to, then I doesn't matter where I am located.

    What's more, a lot of the work I do isn't exactly pleasurable either, so that adds to the difficulty
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  • Profile picture of the author JosephTate
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    Spread your time evenly. Sometimes we cannot all follow a fixed schedule. You need to iron out the parts of your day that are the least productive. From there, work on the important aspects of your life like making money, family time , etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author C G
    It seems that you are trying to do too much.

    Focus on one goal at a time.. Make it a habit.. Then move to the next one.

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author J1mmy
    I wish I could focus on one goal at a time, but in reality, I need to achieve more than one at the same time. For example, I have an exam to prepare for this summer - while this will take precedence, I can't negate my other goals which are to continue to write cover letters for jobs, finish off the paper I'm writing and go to the gym...
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    • Profile picture of the author sarah23
      Originally Posted by J1mmy View Post

      I wish I could focus on one goal at a time, but in reality, I need to achieve more than one at the same time.
      It's the same with many people.
      Lack of focus on single objective
      but you have to try your best to achieve it.
      Keep an eye on everything else too
      but when you are into something,
      then focus on it until you achieve it.
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