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My strategy: Never set a goal you don't mean to achieve. If you think you can run 5k in 25 min in 2 months, don't aim for 24 min just to be ambitious, aim for 25 and let anything more be an overachievement. I do this to avoid dreaming, which is always a hazard when setting goals. Always set concrete goals, even if the intention isn't very concrete. If you ...


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This really depends on the types of goals you're setting. For short term, simple goals I just add them to an electronic to-do list that I have got into the habit of checking every time I get back from work and at weekends. I also have a list of repeat tasks - things like taking the rubbish out on sunday night, cleaning out the fridge, organising the bills. ...


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I make a to-do list in the morning of the day, which nearly includes all the tasks i have to do in my job. Surely, you will have more tasks coming in during the day. At this point having a to-do list for a day starts losing sense. What works better is just a "to-do list", not bound to a specific date. In terms of GTD, it is called "Next Actions". What ...


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It looks like you're doing more than creating deadlines. You're scheduling tasks -- not just total time, but also start time and end time. I find that a deadline works best for a "final push." As in, I have someplace else I have to be at 5:30 PM, so I have to finish this by 5:00 PM. Or, if I have two significant pieces of work to do, I take a cut at the ...


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I've found that sometimes it helps, sometimes not. I've found that the most effective deadlines are those imposed by others (e.g., client=paycheck, dinner reservations are for a particular time, etc.). Self deadlines require self-discipline, as well as self awareness about your working habits and styles. Allowing an hour to create a document, but then ...



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