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I've seen the SMART criteria help in the definition of goals, which is orthogonal to lots of advice about setting goals. SMART doesn't identify the level (e.g. GTDs "runway" vs. "50,000 ft" horizons of focus) or time-frame (e.g. weekly, 7-year) in which you should specify goals, but the criteria for evaluating whether a goal is well-formed. SMART goals ...


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Well, the way I do it is I accept the fact that I could be roughly equally productive in a huge number of fields, and that any of those fields would give me pleasure, feelings of reward, keep me interested, etc... so here's what else I consider to rule out some subjects: Will you able to make money with it and how much, or would it just be a hobby for you? ...


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Michael Masterson (most recent book is The Pledge) has a tiered goal-setting strategy something like this (doing it from memory now): Long-term (7-year) goals (only a few of these) Annual goals that support the long-term goals Monthly goals that support the annual goals Weekly goals that support the monthly goals Daily goals that support the weekly goals ...


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Some ideas for your 12 books: Choose your books carefully. Pick good books on topics you want to know about. Read for enjoyment first, information second. Don't get hung up on the number of books you read. Instead, focus on getting the best from each book. If numbers really matter to you, choose thin books. Consider whether all your books need to be ...


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Shawn Achor, an expert in positive psychology, argues that the notion of happiness coming after success has things the wrong way around. He argues that with success - as we approach our goal, we quite naturally and reasonably, redefine success and move the goal posts further away (eg, I've got a job, now I want a better job, I'm exercising regularly, now I ...


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The best resolution is to clean house. And by house I don't just mean house, but everything. Clean up your todo-lists, your project lists, your objectives, and so on. Be clear on what you don't want to spend time on. Get everything off your mind. Then think about how and why you want to achieve your resolution. Figure out what the next actions for them are, ...


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There have been a lot of studies on handwriting and memory. The Wall Street Journal article How Handwriting Trains the Brain talks about one such study that shows that children learn to recognize letter shapes faster and more accurately if they write them out rather than typing them. Writing by hand also helps adults who are learning a graphically ...


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Your boss is living two roles. One is the boss and the other is a mentor. This is very common, many bosses do and we should be grateful. However, the double role creates confusion in his mind and also in yours. You both need to be careful. The boss relationship is formal and legal and accordingly must be given higher priority over mentoring. Mentoring is an ...


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I am 44 weeks into my year with the goal of reading 52 books in the year. I am right on pace. The way I did it successfully was ever time I picked up a book I figured out a way to track the number of pages I needed to read in it per day to finish in 6 days (one day of wiggle room in case something weird happened). I can't tell you how great this is. Instead ...


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Every minute of the day should not be useful. That is a trap see. Rest and relaxation are necessary for your health. Working more than 40 hours total in a week is bad for your health and bad for your productivity. Watching tv actually does bring you closer to your goals because it allows you time to rest. Certainly there are other activities as well, but ...


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I recommend StickK or Beeminder. (Disclosure: I'm part of Beeminder.) These are commitment device apps for forcing yourself to follow through on your own intentions. StickK lets you set up a contract, specify the stakes, the beneficiary, and a referee to keep you honest. Beeminder is like StickK for data nerds, having the commitment contract center on a ...


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Make sure that your goals are manageable, specific and measurable. If they are too grandiose then you are setting yourself up for failure. If they are not specific enough and measurable then you won't know when you have succeeded. Both of these things can be detrimental factors. If possible break your goal up into measurable chunks and spread out deadlines ...


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From everything I've read if your resolution or goal is one that you struggle with there can be a number of issues at hand: Too many goals : Too many goals indicates a lack of priorities, choose wisely the most important thing to do with your day, year, life. source Tim Ferriss' 4 hour work week. Dont just "Try Harder": If its a deeply rooted thing your ...


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I'm not an expert, but this is a topic I am very interested in. Here are some of my suggestions. Take them with a rather large grain of salt. When determining goals, think about how achieving the goal will improve your life. This is somewhat similar to the suggestion of envisioning your own funeral (but less morbid). If you want to achieve X in one year, ...


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Main subjects are Continuing professional development (CPD) or Continuing professional education (CPE) is the means by which people maintain their knowledge and skills related to their professional lives. Find out if your district has a planning format and/or requirements that you should follow Review the components of good professional development Ask ...


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As someone who works from home, I understand this sort of complication. There are 3 categories for me. Career items that must be done, vocational development things that should be done, and personal tasks. I consider Career items as things that should be done first. This is essential when working from home. At the beginning of each day I start out by ...


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Keys Consider a retractable key ring. You can clip it to your pants/straps of your bag so that they will be always attached to you. Minimize the times taking out your keys in the shops and offices. For example, use apps to store your patrons' barcode cards or keep those barcode cards on a nylon strap/key chain; don't attach tools like bottle opener to your ...


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Research indicates that people who give in to temptations have a problem visualizing future outcomes: What happens now is clear and concrete (candy is lying in front of you) while the future often is vague and fuzzy. The Marshmallow experiment showed the effects of this. Scientists say treatments should involve de-emphasizing the present (making it more ...


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Well, I think you first need some long term goals because in the case you don't have them, it shouldn't be a problem to search only instant gratification. I'm also in this situation and I don't think it is a problem to seek for short term gratification: I usually subdivide my long term goals in short term ones, so I can search gratification and also work on ...


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A goal must have a time element. Set a reasonable time so you don't over stress yourself. Keep in mind how much time and energy you have available. Goals that you have already achieved need to be changed to "maintenance" goals. Maintenance goals require less effort than establishing them for the first time. You need to setup an efficient system to maintain ...


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GTD's approach to the issue goes more or less like this: David Allen, putting the issue the other way round, stresses that any finished task liberates an amount of energy and grants a new perspective. GTD speaks of the things one has committed to do something about as 'open loops' that we are constantly closing. Now, this important, closing any of those ...


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You sound a bit like me. Some of my challenges are: I spend more time "getting organised" than actually accomplishing very much I've got too many "systems" for organisation, so I have to look in lots of places to find the information I need. I've got far too many projects on the go. I'm not really motivated to get much of this stuff done anyway. The ...


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With SMART goals, you can readily verify whether you achieved your goals. Therefore corporations often like them as part of employee evaluations. A non-SMART goal would be something that doesn't satisfy the five criterias, for instance "This fall I am going to become a better Java programmer". That goal is vague and hard to measure. A SMART variant would ...


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Stephen Covey in his Seven habits book has an interesting method whereby you imagine yourself sitting at your own funeral. Think about what you would like your family members, work colleagues, members of the community to say about you. Use this to help determine which goals are truly important to you.


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I'm not familiar with 59 seconds but the activities you named requires better organization and discipline than regular tasks. If you have a concrete goal to be reached say by the end of the year, you can estimate how many hours a week are required and arrange your schedule accordingly. What we're doing here is called breaking down a project in smaller tasks, ...


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Another site that helps you track goals is 21habit As well as a plain tracking system, this site also has the option of buying into an incentive model whereby you put money into a pool and pay back yourself when you make progress with your goal, or pay a charity if you don't.


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The big advantage of concrete goals like dollar amounts is that they are easily quantifiable, which means you can easily analyze them (eg. making a graph of money over time, making a pie chart of your budget, applying statistics, etc.) Quantification helps cut through many of the psychological biases people tend to have. Numbers promote a more scientific ...


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In my opinion, no. Money is the worst possible goal you can have. It's a tool. What do you plan to do with the money? Start a business? Buy a nice car? Buy a house? Buy a supermodel wife? Money can work as a checkpoint, e.g. I want respect -> I want a Mercedes E Class -> I want a million dollars. It's more quantifiable, but in this case really have to ...


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Two methods occur to me: Routine Always check the items in the same order: keys mobile phone helmet Preventative Keep your phone in your pocket, and put your keys in a pocket as soon as you have finished filling up. The helmet is likely to become obvious before you leave the cashier.


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I used to run a mastermind group myself and I structure the meetings this way: Each participant comes with a challenge he faces in his business. The group has 15 minutes to discuss the issue and suggest solutions. Then it is the next participant's turn. Etc... I wrote how we did it more in details on my blog: Founder Mastermind Breakfast



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