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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 don't understand why Scott Adams differentiates between Goals and Systems. They are two sides of the same coin. David Allen quotes a church in Sussex England, “A vision without a task is but a dream, a task without a vision is drudgery, a vision and a task is the hope of the world”. This is a great quote but it does leave out the system. The system is ...


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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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