I just read an article that challenged the reader to set 101 goals to accomplish in the next 1,001 days. Here are the rules:
- Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
- Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past — frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1,001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.
The article gives these tips for setting your 101 goals:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.
The article suggests making sure that your list is a mix of short, medium and long term goals and to make sure you put it where you can see and refer to it. I’m really liking this idea – it’s always good to have a plan for yourself. And writing 101 goals seems to be a good place to start for figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life.
I’ve got a legal pad and I’m ready to start – will you be joining in?