Some questions to ask in this phase are:
- What do I really want to see happen this year?
- Which goals am I unwilling to let another year go by without accomplishing?
- Which one of the goals will make the most significant impact on my current vision?
- Which goals are most aligned with my values?
- Would any of these goals eliminate the need to complete some of the other goals on the list?
- On a scale of 1-10, how important is this goal?
- On a scale of 1-10, how much do I believe in myself to go for this goal?
- On a scale of 1-10, how committed am I to this goal?
With the answers to those questions, you should be able to narrow down your list to your four most important goals.
Choosing Your Big Goal
Now, you’re going to pick just one of those four goals to focus on until you’ve reached it. Don’t worry! Once you complete that one, the others will be waiting for you.
I know it’s hard because we tend to want to accomplish everything at once and we’re afraid we’ll pick the wrong one. Have your own back here and trust that you will pick the right one.
An analogy my coach uses about choosing too many goals is that it’s like an airplane on the runway with so many different destinations plugged in that it can’t get off the ground because of all the split energy. To get off the ground, we have to choose a destination.
You need to get off the ground first, and then you can consider making adjustments.
If you pick the one that is going to have the biggest impact on your overall vision for your life, that goal is going to spill off into your other goals when you do get around to tackling them. You’re going to be that much further ahead because of the person you’ve become by focusing on and accomplishing that first goal.
If you absolutely have to work on more than one goal, then you can use the 80/20 rule, where you spend 80% of the time you have on your one main goal and 20% on any other goal.
Breaking Down Your Big Goal
Now that you have your one Big Goal, you want to choose a 30-day or 90-day smaller goal that rolls up into that Big Goal so you know exactly what to focus on for the next 30 or 90 days.
I prefer the 90-day goal plan with two-week sprints to review and adjust. A 30-day sprint may work better for your goal. You may even have another time frame in mind, depending on the goal. Make it work for you.
To find that smaller goal, you want to write down all the things you think you need to do to reach your Big Goal.
They will look a lot like the projects we talked about. Then you want to look at what might be possible for you to achieve in either the 30-day framework or the 90-day framework.
Choose the projects you think are doable in that time frame and then break those down into tasks. Things like planning, research, journaling, purchasing supplies, taking a class, contacts you need to make.
Keep asking yourself, Do I need to break this down even more?
Let’s say my Big Goal is to write three screenplays this year and land a manager by Dec. 15th of 2022.
One of my 90-day projects might be to complete three first drafts. Here are some of the tasks I came up with for that project:
- Schedule my writing time
- Come up with three high concepts
- Brainstorm 100 to 300 concepts
- Come up with three themes for those stories.
- Theme 1
- Theme 2
- Theme 3
- Create characters
- Create a character for Concept 1
- Supporting characters
- Create a relationship map
- Create a character for Concept 1
- Create characters for Concept 2 profiles
- Create beat sheet
- Beat sheet 1
- Beat sheet 2
- Beat sheet 3
- Create treatment
- Treatment 1
- Treatment 2
- Treatment 3
- Create outline
- Write dialogue
You get the picture. And each project can be broken into even smaller tasks and steps if I want.
The reason you want to break it down to as small of tasks as you can is that when you go to schedule them on your calendar, they’re manageable and not overwhelming.
This method is different from just scheduling, “Write for one hour every day.” It will make a huge difference in what you can accomplish and the quality of work you will be able to produce.
So, that is the work for this week; I hope that makes sense and if you need some help, feel free to shoot me an email. I’ll see if I can help clarify your particular situation.
Next week we’ll talk about scheduling your projects and tasks.
Are you ready to start putting your work out in the world? Whether you have a big project or a bunch of small ones, if you’re making a creative career pivot, writing a book, making a movie, producing a play, or taking any other big step in your creative life, and you need an accountability coach, I can help. I’m currently enrolling six-month and annual coaching clients for 2022! You can book a free consult so we can chat about how I can help you see success in finishing your work and getting it out into the world.