Finding time for dialogue with members of the Finding Time community is one of my favorite things, and here’s a great question that recently came to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel invited to send your own questions … we answer as many as we can, right here on the blog! Here’s what Alice J from Brooklyn wrote:
Hi Paula –
I understand about being aware, flexible and specific when I develop goals. My problem is an inability to figure out where or how to start working on a long range goal.
I’m stuck, Paula, can you help?
Don’t worry, Alice, you’re almost there! Identifying your goal is a big step. The next biggest challenge when working on a long-range goal is getting started.
Let’s break it down into steps:
- Begin by brainstorming all the tasks involved. Jot them down on a list.
- Next, categorize them. For example, if you wanted to build a house, you would put all the site development tasks into one category, and all the activities involved in obtaining permits in another. Remember to separate your task list from your materials list.
- After you have identified tasks that go into a specific category, prioritize them. Adjust as needed.
- In order to be most effective, break down each activity into the smallest pieces possible. That way, the tasks will be doable, and you will experience immediate success. This is very important and will help keep you going. It can be daunting to work on large tasks without building in places where you can feel a sense of accomplishment!
Good luck on your endeavor … I’m sure you’ll get there!
How do you approach your biggest goals? What kind of planning do you do? How do you give yourself the experience of success?
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