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If you're not setting goals, how do you know you're moving forward? This week I share some tips on how to set goals and stay focused on them.

Prioritizing tasks/goals and then focusing on them is hard. At least it is for me. I recently went through a focus/goal setting session where I had to think about what things are important to me. Maybe it’s paying for your kids’ college tuition, so they aren’t saddled with debt on graduation. Maybe it’s to reach a certain salary or title. Maybe it’s spending more time with family. I went through all types prioritizing what mattered most to me. From professional, personal, health, spiritual, emotional, all the things/goals.

I know I can’t achieve all my goals at the same time, so once I had them written down, I sorted them by importance. I wanted to target the top 3 to 5 that I think I can move the needle on in the next 6 months to a year. Then for each, I defined sequential goals within them. As an example, if a goal was to be 50 pounds lighter, then those subgoals would be “lose 10 pounds,” “lose 20 pounds,” etc. Once I had all those subgoals defined, I thought about what actions I could take to achieve them. To continue with the example, to “lose 10 pounds,” I could exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes 6 days a week, and meal-prep breakfasts & lunches for all weekdays. Those “actions” turned into daily tasks for me to accomplish, knowing that if I do them, I should progress and hopefully achieve the subgoal.

This was the first week of being intentional to do each of my daily tasks and it was a rousing success. Only one goal wasn’t done at all this week. That goal? Washing the dishes each day. I’m still recovering from a bad cold (that my wife & I believe was actually a mild case of Covid) and she has prevented me from doing it because she doesn’t want my germs all over the dishes. So, maybe next week. 😁

It’s hard to stay focused on doing only those things that really matter to you. How do you make sure you’re doing things that are moving you or your project forward? How do you manage distractions or tasks that come up that don’t move you closer to those goals? Hit me up on Twitter (X) @michaeljolley or join the Build with Me Discord and let me know your tips/thoughts.

See you next week! Michael

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