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1472. How To Set Goals For The Life You Actually Want. It’s a commonly accepted sentiment that setting goals will lead you to success.

How To Set Goals For The Life You Actually Want

Many of us believe life will be better by reaching those goals, so we make our plans, put our nose to the grindstone, and work our butts off until we’re there. Many high achievers I’ve worked with over the years reach their goals, but they end up missing their lives in the process--and not in a trivial “I’m-working-too-hard-to-have-friends” kind of way. No, they reach their goals and discover they were the wrong goals and the wrong path to get there. One Key To Achieving Goals? Ditch Deadlines, And Make Your Mental Map. If you want to get better at, well, almost anything, it helps to turn to a team that's made it their life's work to break big dreams down into day-sized goals: Everest, the achievement app.

One Key To Achieving Goals? Ditch Deadlines, And Make Your Mental Map

What Everest is brilliant at is taking unruly dreams and disassembling them, so that people can assemble them, step by step, day by day, with their actions. In this way, achieving a goal is really about knowing its anatomy, as COO Katherine Krug tells to us over email: The first step is to build a bridge between where you are at this very moment and where you want to be in the future. Map out all the things that need to successfully happen to get where you want to go. Write it down or truly visualize it. That's gorgeous: the long-term goal doesn't live in the distant future, but in the present. 4 Lean Strategies You Can Use To Innovate Your Life. Wouldn’t it be great if we could extract the strategies that go into developing the world’s greatest technological advances and use them for our own personal development?

4 Lean Strategies You Can Use To Innovate Your Life

The most common methodology used today to bring about these advances is the lean innovation strategy. When Eric Ries released his book The Lean Startup in 2011 his approach to product development created a global movement. Everyone from startups acquired by Google to corporate giants like General Electric and Dropbox have adopted it. Positive Thinking. Stop negative thinking with James Manktelow & Amy Carlson.

Positive Thinking

Quite often, the way we feel about a situation comes from our perception of it. Often that perception is right, but sometimes it isn't. For instance, sometimes we're unreasonably harsh with ourselves, or we can jump to wrong conclusion about people's motives. This can cause problems and make us unhappy, and it can lead us to be unfair to others.

Thought Awareness, Rational Thinking, and Positive Thinking are simple tools that help you turn this around. Introduction A commonly accepted definition of stress, developed by Richard S. In becoming stressed, people must make two main judgments: Prioritization. Making Best Use of Your Time and Resources Learn how to prioritize, with James Manktelow & Amy Carlson.

Prioritization

Prioritization is the essential skill that you need to make the very best use of your own efforts and those of your team. Maximizing Productivity by Getting In Flow. Maximizing Productivity Through Improved Focus © iStockphoto/beklaus What is focus?

Maximizing Productivity by Getting In Flow

Let's take an example. How to be Organized. Taking Control of Your Day Learn how to organize yourself.

How to be Organized

Time is really the only capital any human being has, and the one thing he can't afford to waste. – American inventor Thomas Edison Do you waste much time during your day due to disorganization? Perhaps you spend 5 minutes searching for a misplaced file, another 5 looking for an email detailing an important meeting, and perhaps 10 minutes more finding today's to-do list, lost in the piles of papers on your desk. Before you know it, you've spent an hour throughout the day looking for things you can't find. Many people struggle with disorganization. In this article, we'll look at some strategies for getting organized, so that we can start living and working to our full potential. Organizing Best Practices. Treasure Mapping. Visualizing Your Goal for Greater Achievement Make a picture of what you want. © iStockphoto/heidijpix When you want to achieve something really badly, have you ever tried closing your eyes and imagining yourself "there"?

Treasure Mapping

You touch it, feel it and see it clearly. Personal Mission Statements. Defining Your Goals You can achieve your goals in a focused way by writing a personal mission statement. © iStockphoto/StuartDuncanSmith One of the most important things that corporate leaders do is define their organization's purpose, and identify what they ultimately want it to accomplish.

Personal Mission Statements

They communicate this information in corporate mission and vision statements . These set a clear course for the organization, tell employees how they should focus their efforts, and prevent people going "off mission". Beating Procrastination. Manage Your Time.

Beating Procrastination

Get It All Done. Stop procrastinating with James Manktelow & Amy Carlson. If you’ve found yourself putting off important tasks over and over again, you’re not alone. In fact, many people procrastinate to some degree – but some are so chronically affected by procrastination that it stops them fulfilling their potential and disrupts their careers.

Pareto Analysis. Using the 80:20 Rule to Prioritize Avoid the "law of diminishing returns. " Action Programs. Becoming Exceptionally Well Organized Bringing focus to the way you work. © iStockphoto/Krockodilius We all know how useful To-Do Lists are when we get started in our careers. However, To-Do Lists can quickly become overwhelmed when we take on responsibility for multiple projects – as many of us do when we become managers. One of the problems is that, for most of us, our To-Do Lists are not planned, focused, action lists. Another problem is that once you have more than, say, 20 entries on your list, it becomes cumbersome and difficult to use. This is where Action Programs are useful. Actions Programs also help you get into the habit of delegating jobs.

Self-Motivation Quiz. Taking Charge of Your Goals and Achievements Find your source of energy. Productivity Quiz. Find out how you can get more done. © iStockphoto/pryzmat When we want to get more done, many of us simply work longer hours, move deadlines around, and multitask. Although these strategies can provide some short-term relief, they aren't sustainable in the long term. Pretty soon, this approach becomes a way of life, leading to high levels of stress and eventually, poor productivity. Decision Matrix Analysis. Making a Decision by Weighing Up Different Factors (Also known as Grid Analysis, Pugh Matrix Analysis, and Multi-Attribute Utility Theory) Learn how to use Decision Matrix Analysis to make better decisions.

Imagine that your boss has put you in charge of taking on a new outsourced IT supplier. The Boston Matrix. Focusing Effort to Give the Greatest Returns (Also known as the BCG Matrix, the Growth-Share Matrix and Portfolio Analysis) The Ansoff Matrix. Understanding the Risks of Different Options (Also known as the Product/Market Expansion Grid)

Locke's Goal-Setting Theory. Setting Meaningful, Challenging Goals. How Good is Your Time Management? The Wheel of Life. Finding Balance in Your Life "Wheel of Life" is a trademark of Meyer Resource Group, Inc. "Success Motivation" is a trademark of Success Motivation, Inc. (see www.success-motivation.com). We have no association or connection with these organizations. Put your life under the microscope. Is This a Morning Task? Scheduling Important Activities for the Right Time of Day. Improve Your Concentration. Achieving Focus Amid Distractions. Motivating Yourself.

Practical Tools and Strategies Many of us need help getting motivated sometimes. © iStockphoto/Martinan. Paired Comparison Analysis. Working Out Relative Importances Compare two options at a time. Effective Scheduling. Five Golden Rules for Successful Goal Setting. Personal Goal Setting.