I set goals so I have something to accomplish and a direction to move forward into. I am not one of those who is content to just sit and be. Living in the moment, taking things day by day and waiting to see what happens is way outside my comfort zone. I am much more comfortable taking an active role in my future. For the most part it works well for me.
I love to make plans. It doesn't matter if it is our menu plan, a vacation or my retirement I get a thrill sitting down and planning these life events. Mapping out ways to get to my destination is fun and challenging. Depending on the goal I may find myself doing some online research, checking my finances or simply brainstorming and coming up with ideas.
I am a huge list maker. I make lists all of the time to help me stay on track and not forget things. If we are having a busy week I will often make a list of all the events or things we need to do for that week in a day by day format.
A simple "To Do" list helps me get a lot done in a short amount of time and gives me a real sense of accomplishment as I cross things off of it. I know, I'm weird.
I use a calendar to track important dates and information that pertains to a certain day. For instance every time I submit my weekly online timecard to the temp agency they give me a reference number. I always write that number down on the day I submitted my card in case I ever need it. Plus it confirms to me that I didn't forget to do it in the first place. Another thing I do is to jot down when I change my propane tanks on the RV so I can manage when to refill the empty one and know when to expect to change them out again.
My Pantry List is a pretty popular subject on this blog and it proves to be an invaluable tool for me to use time and again in keeping our freezer and pantry adequately and efficiently stocked. I have happily emailed workable copies to a lot of followers since I posted it. If you think you might be interested in one by all means let me know.
I track and list all my spending on a daily basis which helps me stay on track, curb the urge to overspend and know at any given moment how much money I happen to have on hand. It is probably the best thing I ever decided to do.
When I decide to make a goal I write it down. After that I come up with a preliminary plan regarding my particular goal and how I can make it happen. Subsequently I come up with a list of all the things I need to do to help ensure I meet this goal. Then I get to work.
How about you? Any other crazy goal setting, planners making lists out there? What are some of your success secrets?