Even Sharper New Year Goals – STP052

Episode 52 –  We go back in time, to an episode we originally broadcast in 2017 where we summarised the best ideas we’d found on setting GREAT goals. This version of EP29 is edited to be a bit tighter. We’ve got rid of the out of date stuff, and kept the good stuff. Wanna set better goals for 2019? Give it a listen.

If you’d like to listen to the FULL episodes, the links are here:

  • Episode 18 (Why Your Goals Aren’t Working) where we cover:
    • The resource out there on setting goals
    • 5 steps which many people agree on when setting successful goals
      • 1) Visualising your goal – invoke all of your senses
      • 2) Writing your goal down – using the S.M.A.R.T. acronym
        • Be Specific about what the goal is
        • Define how you would Measure whether you’ve achieved the goal
        • Use ‘Action’ language – Do, Become, Develop
        • Realistic – either take this literally and make the goals realistic, or take the ‘Big Hairy Audacious’ approach and set really stretching goals. You decide!
        • Set a Time limit to when you want to achieve the goal by
      • 3) Sharing your goal
      • 4) Break it down
        • Be sure to split bigger goals into smaller steps
        • Be clear on the NEXT step
        • Make it something you can do within 24 hours
      • 5) Plan
        • Set yourself dates in the diary to review your progress AND to celebrate your success
    • The one thing missing from most of the advice – WHY
    • Why WHY?
    • Never underestimate the power of stating the obvious
    • 30 million people have given up smoking this way
    • 5 whys according to iSixSigma
    • 5 whys according to Toyota
    • A version delivered from our kitchen table
    • How you can make reviewing progress more satisfying
    • Use a good planner to manage your progress – this is nice Action Day Academic Diary 17/18
    • The importance of being flexible – your goals don’t have to be set in stone
    • In fact if you set the wrong ones, and you’ve changed them, then the process works!
  • Episode 19 (10 Great Ways To Track Your Goals) where we cover:
    • Why it’s no good just deciding on your goals
    • Apps and mobile based resource can track and support your goals, because your device is always with you
    • We reviewed loads of different websites, blogs and resource to research what apps are out there
    • We (I) found 95 different apps to consider
    • So then I filtered them based on which ones got recommended the most
    • In the episode, I talked about the top 5 – here they are:
    • Next up was ‘paper based’ resource – sometimes it’s just nice to write with a pen
    • Especially if you’re in a field (or the field)
    • The Self Journalhere’s the link
    • While researching The Self Journal, I came across this video by Gillateen. He’s funny and cool
    • My Pro Plannerhere’s the link
    • They had a nice video too – here it is
    • Action Day planners – here’s the link
    • Two further bits of resource which are paper based but not journals:
      • Design the Life You Love by Ayshe Birsel – here’s the link
      • Field Notes notebooks, my absolute fave – here they are
      • Fisher Space pen, it can write upside down, underwater, in the snow. So if you find yourself upside down in snowy water it’s a must. Also if you just want to have a handy small pen, it’s also a must. Again – here’s the link
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