The S.M.A.R.T Technique To Get Your Plan Done.
I just can’t believe how my character has changed the past two years. It is really exciting for me to think back to all the steps I have done from total zero in work ethic and having been awarded as the queen of procrastination, to loving to work on myself and never postponing my personal growth. I would never imagine this two years ago.
Two years ago I was depressed, bankrupted and hopeless. Today, I am healthier, stronger in mind and body and I have a financial plan. Something I would never dare to think back then. If you want an answer to how I did it, there are two.
- Get Rid of the loser you love. We need to understand deeply that it is not possible to move forward in our lives if we have toxic people in our environment. We need to be surrounded by people who help us reach our goal and people who want to see us bloom. People who are happy for us and basically they help us emotionally and practically. This is the brutal truth. We have the strength to fight now that we are young, but being with a neutral person or someone that works for themselves in a relationship, will make us regret in the future. It is a difficult road for no reason. Either we understand this now, or not. As you can see in the title of this paragraph, I have written a whole article about this subject, because I have been there(I always write about things that I know and things I have been through). If you can’t leave that person right now, move to number two, and use it to escape.
- Implement the S.M.A.R.T Technique in your plan. After you have cleaned your environment, you need a plan. And this plan must be organized well. When we say well organized, we don’t mean perfect. We mean taking action no matter what we fear. While we work on it we can change our minds as many times as we want. This is how we cultivate and sculpt our business.
- S.M.A.R.T Technique : Specific
Being specific will help you focus on what you want to work on, why and where. You need to reply to yourself about specific questions.
Specific questions are: In which part of the house or the room do you want to work? What preparation is required? What will you start with? How many minutes or hours of your day are you willing to dedicate to your goal? What will you do with the information?
- S.M.A.R.T Technique : Measurable
Measurable goals are: You identify exactly what it is you will see, hear and feel when you reach your goal. It means breaking your goal down into measurable elements. You’ll need concrete evidence. Being happier is not evidence. Not smoking anymore because you adhere to a healthy lifestyle where you eat vegetables twice a day and fat only once a week, is.
Measurable goals can go a long way in refining what exactly it is that you want, too. Defining the physical manifestations of your goal or objective makes it clearer, and easier to reach.
- S.M.A.R.T Technique : Acceptable
An acceptable plan is important: You can make a plan as specific, measurable, realistic, and time-bound as you like, but if you don’t accept that you are the only one who can actually carry out this plan, it’s not going to work. Acceptable questions are: Are you prepared to do this, even when you don’t feel like it? Will it leave you enough time to relax and enjoy yourself? Will you be satisfied if you succeed? Will you be dissatisfied if you don’t succeed?
Since no-one can really be sure how their week is going to pan out, it’s always a good idea to include a few buffers. These buffers can come in handy if you get ill, if you are busy or if you underestimate how long something will take you to do.
Asking yourself whether you will manage to finish this task this afternoon, i.e., if you have enough time to do this task, puts this question firmly in the Realistic category: Will you manage to get this done? (In addition to the other things you have to do that afternoon?)
- S.M.A.R.T Technique: Realistic
I totally believe that this is the most important part of your plan. Your goals to be realistic. I used to fail for several years in this part and that had a result of sadness, failure feeling and postponing to keep on working.
I used to set more goals than I could work on. With no previous experience and work ethic habit, I put myself many books to read and many things in just one day or a week.
That was a huge mistake!
The idea is to give yourself one task or two per day or whatever and after you have got used to this amount of work, you can level up. If you don’t want to level up, honestly it is really ok, if you finish one short and humble goal per day.
This may include:
- 5–25 emails to potential clients
- 10 pages of a book
- 30 minutes of walking or whatever
- writing one paragraph of the book you dream of writing
- It can be whatever, big or small. Just let it be, whatever it can be.
- S.M.A.R.T Technique : Timely
And this is translated to the frightening word of “deadlines”. I have always had a negative feeling for deadlines. I still do. I am still working on it. The good thing is that I am the one who gives myself the deadlines and I don’t work for someone else’s dream anymore. This was a worm in my heart. Working for someone without even getting paid.
Setting deadlines in a dream that we work on, either we like it or not, is crucial. It shows us how achievable our dream is, regarding how much we work on it.
I may have the best idea in the world. If I don’t work on it and achieve 80%-120% of the work, my goal becomes I dream I have created to help my mind escape from a negative reality of my life.
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