Friday, January 10, 2020

5 Places to Keep Goals ... and 2 Places you Shouldn't

Where to Keep Your Goals
The beginning of the year is without a doubt the most popular time to set new goals. Whether you are working toward a career change, want to build a business, or have a content project that you are determined to complete, the odds of achieving your goals increase greatly when you look at them on a regular basis.

But where should those goals to reside ...

Here are 5 places to keep your goals ... and 2 places to avoid.

1. KEEP: On Your Mobile Phone. Create a graphic with your top goals to use as your cellphone wallpaper.

2. KEEP: On Your Computer. If you don't want to post a graphic of your goals on your computer background - and announce them to all who walk by your desk - create a goals document with a shortcut on your computer's desktop. Open the doc and review your goals at least once a day.

3. AVOID: Your Head. You can think about your goals all you want. That's actually encouraged. But you must do more than that. If you can't "see" your goals, unless you close your eyes, then you are missing something.

4. KEEP: In Your Office. Be creative. Post your goals somewhere inconspicuous - perhaps in the corner of a framed photo or written on a desk "toy" - but in your line of sight.

5. KEEP. In Your Wallet. Type up your goals, print it out small, and keep it in your wallet. Then whenever you go to open it, you can see your goals.

6. AVOID: The Bottom of a Drawer. Don't hide your goals. The point isn't to make wishes and hope something comes to fruition. You need to know your goals, since it will increase the possibility of turning them into reality.

7. KEEP: In Your Favorite Place. Where is your power zone? Do you have a special place you like to go to write? A man cave or a she shed? If you love to cook, maybe that place is your kitchen. Fan of yoga? Attach your goals to the corner of your mat. Hang your goals in a place of honor in the location that is most inside your comfort zone.

The clean slate that goes with January 1 makes it the perfect opportunity to re-examine what you want, re-evaluate your mission, and set your priorities. Just keep those goals where you can see them. It greatly increases your chance of success.

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Where do you keep your goals? Please share in the comments.

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Debra Eckerling is the author of Your Goal Guide: A Roadmap for Setting, Planning and Achieving Your Goals. A writer, editor and project catalyst, as well as founder of the D*E*B METHOD and Write On Online, Deb works with individuals and businesses to set goals and manage their projects through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and online support. She is also the author of Write On Blogging: 51 Tips to Create, Write & Promote Your Blog and Purple Pencil Adventures: Writing Prompts for Kids of All Ages, host of the #GoalChat Twitter Chat, and a speaker/moderator on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media.

8 comments:

Terry Whalin said...

Debra,

I love these places to keep your goals visible--especially on my phone which I carry most of the time and use throughout the day. Thank you.

Terry
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Debra Eckerling said...

Happy to hear it. Thanks, Terry! Have a fab 2020!

Karen Cioffi said...

Debra, great tips on where to keep your goals so they stay front and center. I love the one to avoid - your head! Thanks for sharing.

Linda Wilson said...

I agree, Debra. As I said in my December post, my 2020 goals are written on a big white board and copies onto paper in pencil, which I keep on my desk. I've already met two of my January goals, so I erased them! And have moved on to my next goals!

deborah lyn said...

Ingeniously clever list! I like "Keep it in Your Favorite Place" best, then computer desktop. Great! My Favorite Places are my Project Planner, and my Calendar Journal that is always open on my desk. Thanks much, deborah lyn

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks, Deborah! I keep my lists in similar places. Best of luck achieving your goals!

Debra Eckerling said...

Yay for achieving goals. Keep up the great work, Linda!

Debra Eckerling said...

Thanks, Karen. Yes, the purpose of putting your goals in plain sight is so they are ALWAYS top of mind.

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