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Home - Get Everything Done Set, track, and achieve your SMART goals Goal Stacker - A task motivator focused on what you can do today. D*I*Y Planner | the best thing in printing since Gutenberg 11 Goal Hacks: How to Achieve Anything Goal-setting research on fantasising, visualisation, goal commitment, procrastination, the dark side of goal-setting and more… We’re all familiar with the nuts and bolts of goal-setting. We should set specific, challenging goals, use rewards, record progress and make public commitments (if you’re not familiar with these then check out this article on how to reach life goals). So how come we still fail? This psychological research suggests why and what mindsets should help us reach our goals. 1. The biggest enemy of any goal is excessive positive fantasising. 2. The reason we don’t achieve our goals is lack of commitment. One powerful psychological technique to increase commitment is mental contrasting. 3. You can use the Zeigarnik effect to drag you on towards your goal. What the Zeigarnik effect teaches is that one weapon for beating procrastination is starting somewhere…anywhere. 4. 5. When we miss our target, we can fall foul of the what-the-hell-effect. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

A Beginner's Guide to Making a D*I*Y Planner Many first-time visitors to this site are probably overwhelmed by the vast number of pages, templates, packages, sizes and loose forms available. This little all-in-one guide is meant to direct beginners to downloading the right packages, printing and preparing the forms, and setting up a basic planner or Hipster PDA using the D*I*Y Planner kits. The goal here is to teach you how to create an effective industrial-strength planner system that can last for years, yet costs next to nothing. This page might look a little complicated at first glance, but you'll be surprised by how little work is generally involved, especially after a little practice. For example, I can now create a dozen double-sided punched forms in about three to four minutes, including printing, by using basic (i.e., "cheap") equipment. (If you only want to download the kits and start experimenting, jump to the Official D*I*Y Planner Kits page and follow the links.) Choosing a Planner & Size My recommendation? What Next?

Personal Goal Setting - Goal Setting Tools from MindTools.com - StumbleUpon Planning to Live Your Life Your Way Learn how to set effective personal goals. Many people feel as if they're adrift in the world. They work hard, but they don't seem to get anywhere worthwhile. A key reason that they feel this way is that they haven't spent enough time thinking about what they want from life, and haven't set themselves formal goals. Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. Why Set Goals? Top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields all set goals. By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you'll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. Starting to Set Personal Goals You set your goals on a number of levels: Step 1: Setting Lifetime Goals Tip: SMART Goals

About 43 Folders Listen: 43 Folders is Merlin Mann’s website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work. And, Hello. 43 Folders was launched by Merlin Mann on Wednesday, September 1, 2004 with an introductory post whose improbable title suggested that productivity can be like sausage; no one likes seeing it discussed at length on the internet by middle-aged men. The site continues to evolve, grow, contract, expand, recede, explode, go dark, go weird, go personal, and even occasionally reinvent itself -- all depending on where Merlin's interest, attention, and obsessions find him at a given time. What's Here Right now, 43 Folders is focused on an arc about how to improve the quality of your career and life by managing your attention in a way that allows you to work your ass off on the creative projects that matter most to you. No Tourists, Please Don't let us catch you dicking around here all day, okay? But, Where to Start? How to Use 43 Folders. So, Now What?

14 Lessons From Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want In Life Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove. Franklin was responsible for establishing the first public library, organizing fire fighters in Philadelphia, was one of the early supporters of mutual insurance and crossed the Atlantic eight times. Self-development was a constant endeavor throughout his incredible life. Benjamin Franklin was clearly a man who knew how to get things done. 14 Action Inducing LessonsLess Talk, More Action “Well done is better than well said.”Talk is cheap. “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” This is probably one of the first quotes I remember hearing as a teenager. Be Prepared “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” You need a plan to accomplish your goals.

Cascading Next Actions (Getting Things Done) Explaining the idea of Next Actions to my girlfriend, I thought of something that could help make Next Actions even more helpful. First of all, what are Next Actions? What is GTD? Next Actions are a concept from Getting Things Done, which is perhaps the finest book on personal productivity ever written. Basically, the Next Actions concept says that if you have an abstract item on your to-do list (replace tires on car), you'll never do it because every time you look at it, you'll glaze the in-between steps. With a to-do list you have to make a decision on the next action for each item each time you look at it. When I was in high school, my English teacher (among other teachers) told me that I should take my term paper and break it up into smaller steps. But by focusing on only the next action rather than all the actions, it's not nearly as intimidating. Now what do you mean by Cascading Next Actions? Well, why not use Cascading Next Actions to keep track of both in one place?

Setting SMART Goals for Students and Employees Teaching students to set goals for themselves is not a skill that is typically taught in most educational situations, yet it is a valuable life long discipline. Most managers will agree that in order to be successful one must begin with the end in mind. Both students and employees can therefore benefit from learning how to set goals. Set SMART Goals A helpful guide to setting goals is found within the acronym SMART. Specific Goals need to be well defined and easy to understand. Example: I want to get in shape, so I will run a marathon with Bob, in Boston, on July 21st. This example answers our five “W” questions and can be understand by anyone. Measurable Clear goals should have ways to track progress, both for motivation and for accountability. How Much? Any other quantifiable factor is fine for measurement. Example: I will follow Hal Higdon’s marathon training schedule each week, and look to finish the marathon in under 4:30. Attainable It is important to choose goals that are realistic.

How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning From reminding us of what to pack for a trip to helping doctors perform surgery, checklists are crucial for projects that require sequential steps or a series of tasks. As Atul Gawande points out in his book “Checklist Manifesto,” checklists break down complex tasks and also ensure consistency and efficiency if more than one person is working on a project. If checklists are so effective for airline pilots, skyscraper construction teams, and heart surgeons, why shouldn’t students use them as well? Checklists can benefit students in the following ways: For younger students, simple, task-based checklists can help them become accustomed to following steps, adding order to the relative chaos of learning, and offering a pathway to accomplishing complex tasks. Improving Metacognition Education specialist Dr. “Used effectively, checklists can help students develop metacognitive awareness of their intellectual processes,” Rowlands explained. Wunderlist

Goal Setting - Powerful Written Goals In 7 Easy Steps! — Top Achievement by Gene Donohue The car is packed and you’re ready to go, your first ever cross-country trip. From the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the rolling hills of San Francisco, you’re going to see it all. You put the car in gear and off you go. First stop, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. A little while into the trip you need to check the map because you’ve reached an intersection you’re not familiar with. You panic for a moment because you realize you’ve forgotten your map. But you say the heck with it because you know where you’re going. Too many of us treat goal setting the same way. What is a map? What is the difference between a dream and a goal? But we need to do more then simply scribble down some ideas on a piece of paper. If you follow the 7 steps I’ve outlined below you will be well on your way to becoming an expert in building the road maps to your goals. 1. I remember when I started taking baseball umpiring more seriously. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Now what?

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