You cannot reach your goals if you don't actually set some goals to reach! Of course this makes sense in theory but many people do not set goals properly which often results in failure.
The issue is that goals are often made up in our heads and worked on in our heads as well. That may sound like an okay course of action, but really it's not. If you make a goal solely in your head without writing out a visual and concrete plan of action to get you there, then it is very easy to head off track and do things your emotions tell you to do, and that can end up not being very productive. This is why many people end up taking too many paths towards their goals, some of those path go in circles, and many people never actually make it to their destination goal.
The solution to the chance of getting off track with our goals is to write them out so we can clearly keep our focus on one path of action. And if you really want to keep on track then use a goal setting software!
I used to be a victim of the daily planner. I'm not saying it's not a good thing to have to reflect on and write down thoughts, but it's not effective for making goals and keeping track of goals. It doesn't give you a clear plan of action.
Goal setting software on the other hand allows you to see your goals clearly and the paths that you have set up to get you there. Your chances of success are greatly improved! But not all software is made the same. When looking for a goal setting software there are a few things to think about.
1. You should be able to clearly see where you are headed with your goals. This is a 3 step process. Let's look at this process backwards.
All three of these goals are important to have clearly laid out in front of you. Your long-term goal keeps you motivated to keep on plugging with the smaller goals. This visual breakdown of how to go about reaching your goal is an important tool on your journey.
- First you should be able to clearly see your long-term goal which is the ultimate goal that will bring you success.
- Second you should be able to see your medium-term goal which is the goal that will help you achieve your long-term goal.
- Third you should be able to clearly see your short-term goals which are the goals that will help you achieve your medium term goal.
2. Your software should help you organize your time in a way that will help you reach your goals.
Your short-term goals should have little tasks outlined that help you reach them, and those tasks should be laid out in a clear plan of action that uses the least amount of time possible. The reason is we tend to get off track doing things that are wasting our time instead of utilizing it. Examples are checking our twitter account when we could be writing an article (when you work online) or watching TV when we could be exercising (if losing weight is your goal).
All of this time can be spent wisely heading towards your goals, or foolishly wasting time. This is time you will never get back to do over, so a software that can help you prioritize your tasks and make good use of your time is essential.
3. You want it to be user-friendly.
Even if the software allows you to organize your tasks into time specific slots it will do you no good if you have to spend tons of time just to organize them! You want your software to be user-friendly and quick so that you can get in, get organized, and get going!