So another year has come and gone and you still haven’t run a marathon, saved for a trip to Europe, or even organized your garage. All of your yearly resolutions have been made and promptly forgotten.
Hey, I get it! Achieving any goal can be difficult, big or small. Procrastination (and life in general) gets the best of us. A few months ago, I cracked the code and completely changed the way I approach my goals. The system (which I’m now calling the Steady System) worked so well that I decided to create a daily planner around the system. The great thing about this system is that it can work whether or not you’ve got the planner. All you need is somewhere to take notes.
Anyone can use The Steady System to achieve their goals by staying accountable to themselves and making a little bit of progress every day and every week. It has three main steps: “Ready, Set, Goals!”, that I’ll break down for you. They are:
1. Ready: Think about the big picture and figure out what it is you really want.
2. Set: Create a system by breaking your goals down into their most important pieces, and then use that information to make a plan.
3. Goals: Plan your days in a way that allows you stay on top of your new system. Keep yourself accountable each week.
Below, I‘ll explain each step in detail. You can download this handy Steady System checklist to use whenever you want (so you don’t always have to come back to this article.
Ready to change your life? Let’s get started:
Step one of your journey in the Steady Planner is to establish your “Big Picture”.
Having a clear idea of what you actually want is half the battle in achieving any big goal. It’s not enough to know just what you want, you also need to understand why you want it. It’s what’s going to drive you forward. That “why” is what’s fundamentally going to keep you going. You won’t be able to sustain momentum on anything that doesn’t have a strong enough “why”, even if it’s what you think you want.
Once you know what you want, and why you want it, it’s time to break it down into two smaller goals, and then choose a small set of actions that you can, and must, do daily and weekly to make your big goal happen.
The point here is to stack your small wins. Each individual time you complete an action, it might not feel like a big achievement, but in a month’s time, you will absolutely start to see progress.
Get the whole system as a simple checklist here.
Now that you’ve established your system, it’s time to talk about planning your days around it so you don’t lose sight of what’s important to you. Our plannerhas this page built in, but you can do it in any notebook, or notes app. Devoting just 10 minutes of your day to this planning can drastically increase your productivity. It’s pretty simple:
If your daily planning is done right, then weekly check-ins will be a breeze. At the end of every week, set a time to review your week and check in with yourself. Ask yourself the following:
Then, go over how well you did on the system itself. Did you remain consistent? Did you complete your daily tasks at least 5 out of 7 days? This page will help you stay accountable to yourself.
And that’s it! Taking thirty minutes to define your goals and create a system will dramatically change the way you go about your life. 30 minutes of work for a potential 12 months of change – a pretty sweet deal.
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