How Strategic Daily Goal-Setting Is The Key To High Productivity & Goal-Success
Most people know quite well what kind of goals they want to achieve somewhere in the future. For example, they want to build a successful business, earn more money, lose a lot of weight or write a book. At the same time, however, most people fail to achieve their most ambitious goals. But why is this the case?
The answer is simple: They fail to take consistent daily action on their goal. They live too much ‘in the future’ while neglecting the power of now. They expect that their future self is going to hustle hard and make progress — but in reality it’s always up to the present self to make that happen.
Therefore, the key to successfully achieving your goals is to focus on today. What are you going to do today that will bring you closer to achieving your bigger goals? Not tomorrow, not next week — today. Repeating this over and over again is what leads to achieved goals instead of broken dreams.
You’ll Become Incredibly Consistent
Daily goal-setting is so powerful because it’ll help you get incredibly consistent. And consistency is the key to achieving your biggest and most ambitious goals. By setting daily goals for yourself, you make sure that you make daily progress towards your goal — something which is highly important in achieving your bigger goals.
Achieving your big goals won’t just come falling out of the sky. It won’t just be handed to you. You have to work for it on a daily basis. Whether your goal is to build a successful business or to write a book, you have to be consistent with your effort. Creating meaningful things in life simply won’t happen overnight, you have to be productive and effective on a daily basis.
Remember, the power of taking consistent action on a daily basis is that you’ll make progress every single day — no matter how small. Don’t underestimate the power of consistent, small progress. It compounds over time. A daily 1% improvement will lead to huge results over the course of months or a full year.
You’ll Have Much Better Focus
Setting goals on a daily basis will help you to get better focus and avoid potential distractions much better. When you know exactly what it is that you have to achieve today, you’ll find ways to get it done. You’ll waste much less time and procrastinate much less when you have full clarity about what high-priority goals you need to crush today.
Furthermore, you won’t get distracted on a bigger picture level as well. You won’t, all of sudden, start working on different things that aren’t aligned with your bigger picture goals as you’ve set your daily goals based upon them. This will help you stay on track and keep your focus on your priorities.
You Create Clarity and Structure In Your Work
Most people work in a very unstructured and unfocused way on a day-to-day basis. This leads to frustration, procrastination and a lack of progress. But, by setting goals on a daily basis, you create a solid structure and a strong battle plan for your day. This will make you much more productive on a daily basis.
Furthermore, when you know exactly what it is that you need to do today, you create the necessary clarity to prevent procrastination from creeping in, as procrastination feeds of ambiguity. All in all, this clarity and structure in your workday will help you to work with more focus and higher productivity.
My Personal Goal-Setting Process
Personally, I set goals on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and life basis. This may seem like a lot, but actually, the process is incredibly simple and it makes achieving my biggest and most ambitious goals a lot more doable. In fact, this goal-setting process has worked wonders for me. While in the past, using other methods, I never really seemed to be able to achieve my goals.
The first thing I do is setting 1–3 bigger life goals. I ask myself, what 1–3 goals do I want to achieve the coming 3+ years that will make my life awesome?
Then, I set just one yearly goal based on my life goals. What one thing, if achieved, would lead me to consider that this year is a total success?
Then, each month, I set one goal that is in line with achieving my yearly goal. What do I want to achieve this month, that’ll help me get significantly closer to my yearly goal?
Based on this goal, I set one goal every single week. What one thing do I need to achieve this week in order to get closer to achieving my monthly goal?
And lastly, I set my daily goals. What are 1–3 goals, if achieved today, will help me in achieving my number one goal for this week?
This process has worked wonders for me, as I no longer seem to lose focus on my bigger picture goals. Each goal that I set is based on the bigger picture that I have for my life. Every goal is aligned to such an extent that my daily actions help me get closer to my bigger life goals. This way, I’ve been able to crush my most ambitious goals without getting side-tracked again.
The 4 Rules To Setting Daily Goals You’ll Actually Achieve
There are certain rules for setting goals that will help you enormously in achieving them. If you follow these rules, you’ll increase your odds of success massively. If you don’t, you’ll have a much harder and more frustrating time.
Rule 1: Make Them Specific
First of all, make your daily goals highly, highly specific. Instead of saying ‘I want to write today’, set the goal of ‘I want to write at least 2000 words today’. Or instead of saying ‘I want to edit videos today’, set the goal of ‘I want to edit at least 10 videos today’. If you’re not precise about your goals, you’ll never know when you’ve actually achieved them or what your current progress is.
Rule 2: Make Them Realistic
I’m all about setting ambitious and huge goals for your life, but not for your daily goals. Make sure that your daily goals can actually be achieved. If you don’t set realistic daily goals, you will find yourself quitting as soon as you realize you’re not going to make it.
This doesn’t mean you should set easy goals either. Rather, shoot for something that’s challenging, but still realistic to accomplish. Find your own personal sweet spot.
Rule 3: Include Your ‘Why’
Write down exactly why you want to achieve your daily goals. How will they make your day or life better? What will it cost you if you don’t achieve these goals? How will that slow down your progress? And how will it accelerate your progress if you do achieve them?
All of your reasons ‘why’ will spark extra motivation that’ll help you take massive action on a daily basis (which is especially useful when you run into resistance or obstacles during your day).
Rule 4: Make It Visual
You visually have to be confronted with your goals throughout the day in order to keep them at the forefront of your mind. This will spark more motivation and give you clarity about your progress.
I’ve experienced that whenever I write down my goals and hang them on my door (and put them in my phone and journal), I find it much easier to actually achieve them. In the past when I didn’t yet do this, I noticed that sometimes I’d totally forget some of the daily goals I set. I would then only find out about this at the end of the day when I looked into my journal.
When your goals are out of sight, they’re out of mind — and you’ll have a much harder time actually achieving them. Therefore, make your goals visual so that you’ll be reminded of them during the day.
Now Do It
I hope you’re convinced about the power of setting goals on a daily basis. Therefore, as an action point for this article, set at least one goal for today (or your next workday) and crush it. Don’t forget to let me know how it went for you!
To Your Personal Growth,
Founder Personal Growth Lab