People often ask me how I consistently achieve my goals. One way that I suggest to them is to set a deadline for the goal. If you consider a particular time frame in which to accomplish your goal, it is less apt to get away from you. Just as in any work, there is a time frame for the task at hand. It creates a pace so that you can diligently apply the work needed to achieve the task or goal. If you set aside a little time each day, or each week, depending on the size of the goal, you can check off the daily or weekly tasks as you proceed.
I prefer to call the time frame “bookends.” If you have a precise start point, and a precise finish line, I believe that it makes it easier for the mind to have a clear vision of the goal and the items that must be checked off on the way to the finish line. It does not have to be a race, but having a deadline for a particular amount of time will prevent you from procrastinating and putting it off. It will motivate you to chip away at the goal each day, or each week (If it’s each week, I recommend the same day of the week. Make it routine to check off the tasks on that day, every single week.)
A great example of a time frame that can be referred to as bookends is the time from the end of summer (Labor Day) to the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.). It’s actually one of the best times of the year to get back on track. People tend to relax and fall out of a routine during summer, and of course, the celebrating can tend to get the best of people around the holidays. So, the time in between these two bookends can be a time of regrouping, setting your mind to the task at hand, and applying yourself to the work that must be done to achieve your goal. It’s also an excellent time to develop a consistent diet and exercise routine to shed excess body fat and get back on track.
It’s a simple, but effective way of approaching your goals. I feel that it goes hand in hand with visualizing a goal, gathering the skills or materials needed for the goal, and applying the actual work involved in accomplishing the mission. So look for times on your own personal calendar in which you can mark bookends for your goals. Whether it’s day by day, or week by week, stay on task and get it done!