Goal is an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe.

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Missing a day practice leads hard to get in track again

I have been working on a long term goal(an year term). I have divided the tasks into many small chunks(monthly, weekly, daily) and working on it. But in real time, as you see inevitably, ...
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Do you use “agile results/getting results”? How do you organize it?

http://gettingresults.com/wiki/Main_Page I've been following agile results but have had a hard time coming up with a system that works nicely. Currently I have the 3 outcomes for the week in google ...
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Difficult decision between internship and study abroad [closed]

The title says it all, I'm trying to decide between a summer internship with a great company (NetApp) and studying abroad in Australia. I can't do both because Australia's spring semester extends ...
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Tracking a long-term goal: Need Tool

There is no painful & energizing task of visualizing the progress of long-term goal. I have been following this. It is good for planning the next immediate activities on daily(,weekly and ...
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Should your short-term goals be ambitious?

I'm curious if anyone has any research links on the effectiveness of setting ambitious short-term goals. I know that people vastly underestimate how much they can get done in the long-term, but I'm ...
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Something is missing, which I can't point it at, to achieve a goal

After reading self-help books & failing many times, I figured out a self-disciplinary approach to achieve my long term goal(an year term) by breaking them to monthly, then to weekly and ultimately ...
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“How To Set Clear Goals and Really Achieve Them in Your Life”? [closed]

Well, i have been thinking that its time that i start making goals so i want to know thoughts of others? Firstly, if you want to achieve something, for ex learning a new computer Skill...do u first ...
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Planning productive results beyond 1-2 months: systems? SMART goals? Something else?

I just finished reading "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" by Scott Adams. In his book and also on his blog he talks about "goals vs systems" as if they're opponents. His views ...
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Unhappy with current situation, how to make it through my next planned steps?

I had within the past year an epiphany and "crystallization" of my core values. Before this realization I had latent beliefs and values, but I had no direction and was just coasting along my current ...
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What frameworks exist for establishing and questioning goals or objectives

I have been using the GTD methodology and I have the control side of it well in hand. However, for the perspective side, contained in the 'horizons of focus' technique, I'm having trouble establishing ...
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How to make a one-year study plan for a difficult exam and remain motivated throughout?

In a year, I will be taking a difficult entrance exam at a renowned postgraduate school. There are many competitors, most of whom are smart. Despite that, I'm aiming at becoming #1 in the exam, and ...
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How do I motivate myself to work on my projects when achieving average levels of success?

Some background: I am a full time software developer, with a number of side projects on the go. These include a blog or two, making hand painted jewellery, a few pretty diverse things. These ...
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What to do to find the most suitable career for me? [closed]

I really don't know which career to choose. People around me have said to me that I should do what I love to do the most and this is the problem: I don't know the answer. I am an engineering student, ...
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How do you manage several major goals?

I purchased the 59 Seconds book I've heard so much about on here. I'm going through the Motivation section, specifically the goal writing. In thinking about this, I realized I have so many things I ...
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How can I achieve my New Years resolutions?

It's the start of a new year, and as always I've come up with a few grandiose goals I'd like to achieve across the year. What advice or tips should I bear in mind to give me the greatest chance of ...
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How to set goals when studying?

One of the main issues I have when it comes to studying is that I don't have a tangible goal. At school, if the teacher says "hand it in this paper tomorrow", you know that when you finish the paper, ...
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How to set motivating high level goals for yourself?

Game design theory (Engineering Emergence, 2012) breaks tasks down into different levels. Low level atomic tasks: Tasks that cannot be broken down into smaller subtasks. Killing a monster, creating ...
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Will being more productive make me happy?

Ultimately my goal is to enjoy my life and be happy. I would get satisfaction out of making the world a better place, making a tangible contribution. I also want to advance in my career, so I that ...
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How can i train my brain to overcome instant gratification?

Instant gratification is a very bad habit and can destroy one's ability to accomplish long term goals. It can be said that it is root of all evils. It would be great if we can somehow avoid these ...
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What is an example of not using the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting framework?

I've been looking for a good way to set goals and can't decide which is a right fit for me. I'm to the point of just breaking out Notepad and write stuff in. I know that won't work for very long. I ...
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Keeping focus as a novice programmer

After developing small-scale web applications for about 5 years in the late 90s and early 2000s, I decided to take a new career path. However, I've got the programming "bug" again and for the last ...
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Making good use of a sabbatical

I'm going on a 5-week sabbatical where I'm mostly taking care of my kids, cooking, cleaning etc. I just saw Stefan Sagmeister's TED talk and I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to make the ...
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How to identify appropriate goals?

Identifying suitable goals is obviously an important part of personal productivity; there's little point in honing skills in the pursuit of a pointless goal. Whilst the selection of appropriate goals ...
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How to stop myself from forgetting keys, helmet, mobile phone at shops and office? [closed]

That's the question. What's a practical solution now to cure this kind of forgetfulness?
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Reading a book a week

I want to try to read a book a week for 12 weeks beginning this summer. I have already began collecting recommendations for which books to read, and I will refine the list at some point, to get the ...
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How to find out in which subject you will be the most productive?

I seem to be somewhat blessed (or cursed) with the fact that there are multiple things that I can do reasonably well. Because there are so many subjects I am interested in I am actually not really ...
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I have a mastermind group set up. Now what? What activities should we be doing while together?

I am interested in any ideas on interesting activities or discussions we could do/have while together. Also any tips on how to effectively run a mastermind group and ensure our members get the maximum ...
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Recommended Task and Goal Management Apps [closed]

What recommendations are there for good apps that combine goal setting with task (or to-do list) management ? I currently use Microsoft One Note, because you can create lots of related pages and it ...
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Why do I become more lazy when thinking about the things I want to strive to achieve?

I am a cadet at the US Coast Guard Academy and am a Civil Engineering major. I'm determined to stick to this major, but I'm struggling to keep my GPA above 2.0. However, I've noticed that the more ...
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How to organise the mental and physical chaos in my life?

I have been reading and experimenting with techniques for many years. I have read the GTD book among dozens of others but I still can't find the answers to everyday problems. Working as a Web ...
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App that has nice separate lists for tasks and goals?

Is their any app (Web based, Android, iPhone, anything) which enables a person to manage both - his tasks and his goals, without mixing them up.
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Are money goals good?

I'm aware for a while now that goals really can be empowering in life. But what I haven't found alot of info about are money related goals. Do you find them good or bad? Can they truly push you out ...
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Typing versus Handwriting for recall

It is common for self-teaching courses to insist of writing something down, rather than just thinking about it. But how about typing it? Is it just the extra time it takes to write something down ...
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How to be productive when relaxing?

Let's say I work at my most productive hours and I do a lot of work. At a certain point, I will become tired. Self-discipline might make me work for another hour or so but after that the quality of ...
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Seeking the universal goal [closed]

The existence of the universal goal Everyone has its own dreams, goals, objectives, etc. Some are interested in domains that others don't like. Still, I think we all share one, or several, common ...
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How to set goals or milestones learning a new language?

When I make a project I use to divide it into several specific goals. And this use to work for me. Now I'm learning a new language (English language) for my own. I have some activities like: Read ...
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How to find a task/goal that you are passionate about?

Are there tools that can help me identify what kinds of tasks/goals I could be passionate about. Any resources that provide insight into reasons why people are passionate about certain goals/tasks?
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How to get to back to your goals after a stressful project or period of time at work?

well, I have goals that I work for, but frequently, let's say every few months, I get consumed totally by job stress, and this stress may long many weeks because of the nature of our job, so that I ...
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Methods for Goal Setting

There are a lot of methodologies for doing more and doing things faster. The problem is that you end up doing the wrong things faster. At the other end of the scale you set many important goals, but ...
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How to discuss productivity (and lack thereof) with your boss?

I have recently graduated college and had a fairly dramatic change of lifestyle. Being that there is never enough time in the day, I used to go to great lengths to minimize my responsibilities and ...
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How to resolve conflicting personal goals?

I made 3 personal goals about 3 years ago. I should have a girlfriend and have sex any time I want I should weigh 100 kg, push out 70kg bench press and have a good physique I should have 1 million ...
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For the Pomodoro Technique, how do I deal with two task streams…career tasks and personal tasks?

I work from home right now. I have an activity list that contains items that are career tasks and more personal tasks. Sometimes there is a fine line between what tasks go in which bucket. E.g. Last ...
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How do I create my own “professional development plan”?

I'd like to create a set of short-term and long-term goals as relate to professional development. My company currently has a formal process for defining plans as relate to projects and meeting goals ...
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Consequences to unfinished tasks/projects/goals. Any evidence?

I've read a few comments on how unfinished tasks influences your performance because it makes you feel frustrated. I personally cancel a task/goal/project if I notice it can be done a better way or if ...