When creating and implementing a strategy or scheduling your tasks and projects for your Big Goal, keep things as simple as possible.
You will want to use what works best for your particular goal, lifestyle, and personality type. It’s important that whatever method you use to plan and execute your goals is going to be one you can consistently show up for and follow through with.
By doing the planning and prep work upfront, you’re far more likely to follow through and get the results you’re after. (You can catch up on the work we have already done for this by checking out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this series.)
I love scheduling blocks of time on a calendar to implement my projects, so I use a combination of a Google Calendar and a day planner called the Full Focus Planner, which I’ve mentioned before. I’m obsessed with it.
The reason I use both is that the Google Calendar holds ALL of the details, the big dates, the appointments, and things that are coming up in the current month as well as the following months.
Every Sunday, I open up my Google Calendar and enter the items or appointments in my weekly planner that need to be transferred. For me, this works best because I’m really bad at opening a digital calendar every day.
My day planner, I love opening every day. I can leave it open in front of me all day, make notes for that day as ideas come up, and it helps me stay laser-focused on that day’s events. It’s a system that works really well for me.
Once you get down a scheduling system that works for you, you’ll take the project and task list you created last week and decide how long it will take to complete each task, and thus each project. It’s okay if you don’t know exactly; just guess.
As you do this, you may find yourself thinking of how you can break down a project into even more tasks. That’s great – this process is fluid and the more you can break it down the better.
So, create your time blocks. How much time do you want to give yourself to write a scene or a sequence, research, or brainstorm?
Then you find the time in your calendar and block it out. Remember to be very specific, don’t just write “research,” but write down what you are going to research. Don’t just write “brainstorm ideas;” write down “brainstorm ideas for creating suspense in ACT 1.” Don’t write “work on characters;” instead, write “create a character profile for the protagonist and supporting character.”
Be really intentional about this. Don’t just pack your calendar full of time blocks. Think about your energy level, about how it realistically fits in with the other obligations you have. The worst thing you can do is start a habit of writing things in your calendar and not showing up for them. You want to have every intention of showing up to do it. If you’re already thinking, “I’ll fill up my calendar and see how it goes,” this might not be a good method for you right now.
You don’t need to use the scheduling method to reach your goals. If you’re someone who’s just not there yet, here are some other strategies.
Every morning or evening, write your Big Goal down and ask yourself, “What is one thing I can do today that will move me closer to that goal?”
Another method would be to choose one tiny habit to practice or challenge yourself to stick to for the next 30 days that will bring you closer to your goal. For example, if your goal is to become a paid writer by the end of 2022, and you want to start building relationships, challenge yourself to reach out to one person every day for the next 30 days to start making some sincere connections, the only purpose being to build relationships.
You can also ask yourself every day, “What does a person think and do that already has the habits I want to develop?” Focus on becoming that person. For example, if your goal is to eventually be a paid writer, how does that person approach their day when they are being paid to do a rewrite or develop a concept into a script? Practice being that person.
This will create the confidence and evidence required to become a paid writer. You will be thinking from a place of having already achieved it. Your efforts and results will be far more powerful than if you are just spending your days wishing or hoping that someday you will become a paid writer. Start becoming the kind of person who is already a paid writer and the results will eventually follow.
So, this concludes my series on setting intentional goals for 2022. I hope you found it valuable and inspirational and that you are getting excited about what is possible for you in the upcoming year!
If you’re ready to go all-in on your goals in 2022, I would love to be your personal coach!
Right now, I’m offering 35% off all my coaching programs for 2022 if you register before January 1st, 2022.
I’m taking a tiny break from Tiny Talks and will be back on January 7th. If you have ideas for some Tiny Talks, please email me and tell me what you would like to hear! Send a message to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.