Step 4 - Goal
Planning: Use Deadlines As Lifelines
goal planning, deadlining is another crucial step in the goal
Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist, once gave this definition
of a journalist: "A writer whose skill is improved by a deadline:
the more time he has, the worse he writes."
No offence is intended toward journalists. This
satirical comment does emphasize one thing - a
deadline gets results. It creates urgency,
it sharpens thinking, it makes things happen.
Which goal planning exercise is
more likely to be achieved?
Goal 1: I would like to take a vacation in
the Bahamas sometime!
Goal 2: Six months from today I will be enjoying
a vacation in the Bahamas.
and increase motivation
in the goal planning environment.
However, it would be a mistake to think deadlines
Setting a deadline by saying, "In seven days
from now I will have made an extra $5,000" is not going to
miraculously deliver unless you have a strategy and a realistic
plan based on your present circumstances.
So when deadlining during your goal planning
Break the goals down into manageable stages.
out a reasonable time frame for the accomplishment of
that stage and factor in a safety margin for unexpected delays.
(This prevents disappointment and discouragement through missing
Put the deadline date for each stage in your computer
planner or diary.
the deadline date from the last stage.
Your goal planning now has a final
deadline for the accomplishment of that goal.
has a high chance of being
You have planned, set reasonable stages, your
focus is clear.
Keep the overall deadline in front of you daily
as you accomplish each stage along the way and START!
If you miss the deadline . . .
when it comes to goal planning, the deadlines
you set are for your own benefit.
is unlikely missing a deadline will be a life and death matter.
So get deadlines in perspective
and see them for what they are: tools to keep you moving and
to inject a sense of urgency into your project.
If circumstances come up beyond your control
that make you miss the deadline then re-schedule it.
deadlines if necessary but keep your goal planning on track
it out and set a new date which is realistic, based on current circumstances.
The main thing is that your goal planning
exercise is still moving forward and you have a framework to guide
Step 5: Goal Objectives: Looking
Ahead To Get Ahead With Planning
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