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It's hard to work on a big goal all the time. You don't have anything until you reach the final goal. There is a talk by Ray Bradbury, which may be of help. What's important for you there is this: The problem with novels is that you can spend a whole year writing one and it might not turn out well because you haven’t learned to write yet. But the best ...


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How to manage the spilled task within deadline? It's easy. You move it. Seriously, if the interruptions are happening at such scale that you can't keep up with your original plan, that means that either your original planning was too ambitious or you are not handling interruptions properly. Assuming that you do your best, it condenses to a plan. Now, ...


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Never plan 100%. If you have 8 hours/day available to do the work, plan only 6. This way you have 25% 'slack time'. You are actually planning the interruptions. Is 25% enough? Measure how much extra time you need now, or how much of the work you don't do, and after a few weeks you will have a pretty good estimate of the percentage you can plan in.


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"Plan from the future". In order to have C at date Z, I need to complete B at date Y, and therefore A needs to be done at date X (X < Y < Z). That way you have good intermediate checkpoints. Then break down into smaller parts. Reward yourself. In your schedule, plan rewards as well - things you really want, maybe even think you should not have/do ...


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There is a Zig Ziglar quotation that applies well to your situation: "Motivation is like showering: required daily." As one step, I'd suggest finding a handful of quotations, images, or other motivations to which you can constantly expose yourself. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" comes to mind, plus perhaps a mock-up of an Etsy ...


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People think the more time you put in the more you get out. However the truth is, the more thought you put in the more you get out. Meaning that the fact that you are doing all these things is good, not just in general but also for you and your personality. On the other hand, average results probably mean you are doing it like everybody else and thus obtain ...


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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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There is a book by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi about the flow state where he reccommend setting the optimal complexity level of goals so they are not too high, but also not too low. Then you increase your ambitions proportional to the increase of your abilities and keep motivaated enough this way. I've read that really achieving the goals you set increases your ...


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It would depend on which core values are not in alignment. If the company violates your personal standards of decency I would get out ASAP. Look for another company in the industry where you can at least get by. If your core values are OK, but you are seeking a new field or a new industry, I can understand that obligations may exist where you need to be ...


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How about something simple like a text or spredsheet document, a note in Evernote, a page in your private wiki or something like that. Something you can easily access and easily edit. I sometimes use the three daily outcomes and the three weekly outcomes at work. For daily outcomes I use a TODO item (task) that is scheduled today and contains the three ...


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Here's the story of someone doing that with Beeminder, the very short version of which is that he set up a graph of his time spent studying and then created a commitment device to force himself to maintain a certain number of hours per week (keeping all his datapoints on the Yellow Brick Road, in Beeminder's parlance): http://blog.beeminder.com/gandalf


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Maintain a high level of communication with your professor and other students. Build habits around this. Help others with the material. Other people's questions will spur more learning of you own when you have to get down and explain the subject matter to others. Get comfortable asking questions and be really curious Make use of office hours. Read the ...


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While working towards a goal (the "prospective setting" in this paper's jargon), more distant goals' expected time to completion are more strongly underestimated. Thus, compared to overly ambitious long-term goals, overly ambitious short-term goals aren't so upsetting when they end up taking longer than expected. http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/000712699161459


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Splitting your goal in monthly, weekly and finally daily steps is a good plan. A pretty good work pattern which I heard of is the three way pattern: The first day you prepare what you want to get done. You prepare everything that you need to get your work right and good including everything that makes you feel good and that is necessary for your work. ...


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What I'm missing in your long-time strategy is "planning from the future": I want to achieve goal F on date Z In order to reach Z I need to achieve goal E on date Y (< Z) In order to reach Y I need to achieve goal D on date X (< Y) ........ I need to do A tomorrow. This gives you waypoints to check (so you can't get away with not measuring) and if ...


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It looks like you answered part of the question yourself actually. You said yourself, "In retrospect, the first goal had enough hype to generate the energy to achieve the stretch that it required. There wasn't enough energy remaining for the following goals." In doing so, you identified a weakness in your framework: it doesn't make room for motivation. Goal ...


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I don't think you know what your goals are - I don't say this with disrespect, but rather to help you. What are your goals. S.M.A.R.T. goals? Objective: physical wellness Goals: x minutes running, y calories taken These goals and systems are just part of the physical wellness. Physical wellness can't be achieved, it's not like you say "I ran x minutes, ...


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Goals and Systems are just constructs to help you identify what you want to aim for, and steps to take to get there. Your question on whether you should work on systems or goals is a very personal one. It sounds like you are having difficulty at breaking longer term goals down into bite size chunks. Financial Independence can be a very long term goal. ...


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Think who may be your perspective clients - people that you can provide value to. Think about the way you can maximize the total amount of value that you can provide to clients. Act accordingly. Be ready to totally change your activities if it will increase the total amount of value.


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If You Don't Know Why Deep Down Inside ... Usually these higher level goals and the roles in our lives we fulfill are driven by emotional factors. In other words its just something you know in your heart. You want to be a better cook, a better friend a better parent, a more skilled professional, athlete or musician. There is no question then as to why we ...


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When you are unclear about what you want to do next, whether its the next ten minutes or the next ten years it helps to approach the question considering David Allen's "Horizons of Focus" A career choice is a fairly high level of focus spanning 10-20 years. It revolves around the vision of how your life should look like; where you want to live, how much ...


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There are two things about it in my mind: Maybe you have too many projects and they do not allow you to have a great success on one of them. You need to put there an another value, something more to make it special and successful. Maybe focus on one project now, after reaching your target in it (or losing enthusiasms), you will move to another. There is ...


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I'm a little late to the party but I noticed something in your question I'd thought could be the crux of the issue. Was doing a search on this issue myself so I don't have this figured out, but I have an idea so let me know what you think. You mentioned that you're breaking your goals into multiple tasks, which is great. I do this too, with wunderlist. ...



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