by Elliott Roberts
If you are unhappy with your current level of productivity at work or your effectiveness as a parent or household manager, allow me to suggest to you that tracking your achievements will turn your life around. Without goals and priorities, you may make it through each day and even make a little progress here and there. But you will not be well rounded and most effective in all areas of your life until you take the time to think about what is important to you, write it down, then cross it off and recognize it once it has been accomplished. This simple self help method is called "goal setting."
Some people struggle with using "goals" at home and it is understandable. We want to build our happy homes based on love, warmth, and organization, not cold business terms.
If this situation speaks to you, please feel free to substitute the term "life lists" instead. A life list is equally as powerful, but more warm and fuzzy. Do whatever you need to do to customize these methods to make you want to see it through because the organization and success of your household has a big impact on your productivity and success in other areas of life.
The beginning stages of your goal setting will be brainstorming. Schedule some quiet time with yourself to think about what you want to do and where you want to be at the end of the day, the end of the year, five years from now, and so on. Remove all barriers from your mind, such as money, location, situation, etc. Let yourself imagine doing, and being at, these places. (Be they places on the map or places in life!) From this page of goals, dreams, and wishes, start to put them in order.
It is time to make your lists now, so grab a pen and paper and make some headings.
Common headings are "long term goals" and "short term goals" Fill in everything from your brainstorming that fits under those categories. Be more specific if necessary. Use "Five year goals" or "in my wildest dreams goals." Have fun with it! But be prepared for the life changing effect that goal setting will have upon you. Setting the goals is motivating.
You will be surprised at how attainable some of the most far fetched ideas become as you start to chart your successes and become more productive.
The Author, Elliott Roberts, writes for Becomng, a (http://becomng.com) Personal Development blog that covers issues from health to web applications. Find additional (http://becomng.com/topics/goal-setting/) Goal Setting posts over here.