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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

This is Me Studying:

I was on the Knot and this girl (the same one I got the dog treat recipe from) has this new blog to track her goals. Here is the original website, and here is her list. I think I'm going to start this AFTER the wedding. I would love to start it now, but most of my goals would be wedding related, and I want to make sure I do a good job. :) Check it out if you have a moment, I think it would be a great tool to keep goals in perspective.

Speaking of goals, do you have specific goals? A few weeks ago I wrote down my short term and long term goals. I was surprised at how many I came up with. I feel like I need to get something put up in my office so that I can see my goals more often than I do in the notebook they're currently in. If you see a cute inexpensive dry erase board or chalk board, let me know. Do you keep track of your goals?

Megan: This would be great for you! This is like the ultimate list making task. Try it, I know you'll love it...I know you're itching to make a list.

Here is the info from the website:
Creating your own 1001 Day Project

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

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