Welcome to the third, and final, installment of my Staying Organized series. I’ve already told you about how I use an online calendar and my bullet journal in my organizational routine, but there’s one more element I want to tell you about: my use of mini goals.
This post is shorter than the others, but I’m hoping it’ll be just as useful, especially since mini goals are one of my favourite elements of my little organizational routine. So, let’s get started.
Why mini goals?
We all have things we want to accomplish in our lives. It gives us something to strive for, a reason to keep working when life gets hard.
The problem with that is, a lot of us tend to only strive for those big goals. It gets discouraging when we don’t reach them, especially if we don’t reach them as quickly as we think we should.
That’s why mini goals are so useful. They give you small, achievable stepping stones to celebrate on your way to your big success. For example, instead of waiting to celebrate a book deal, I can choose to be proud of every 1,500 words I write.
It’s a much more positive, encouraging way to go about a long journey like this one.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed my Monthly Update posts. If not, they’re pretty straight-forward: On the first Sunday of each month, I outline goals for that month and rehash my goals from the last month. Posting these goals online provides a little more accountability. Sure, all of you readers out there aren’t going to riot if I don’t accomplish them, but I still feel an extra bit of guilt when I fail.
That said, the goals in these posts aren’t my only monthly goals. I also list a few in my bullet journal. These, though, tend to be smaller or more personal, so I don’t feel they fit online posting.
These are, perhaps, my biggest aid to productivity. When I schedule out my weeks, I also take a few minutes to jot down exactly what I want to accomplish each day. For example, how many words I want to write or edit, or which blog post I want to draft. It helps me keep track not only of what I’m accomplishing, but also what I have left to do.
How about you? Do you set mini goals for yourself? How have you found they work?