A close friend of mine is a life coach, and he recently wrote a very interesting blog post – The Next 90 Days – about goal-setting and an interesting way to approach it. I highly recommend you read it – it’s short but offers some intriguing ideas about how we plan and what affects that planning process. And it really got me thinking – where do I want to be in 90 days? 

90 days from now it will be mid-June. I want to be out riding my horse on the trails, enjoying the sunshine. Or working in my garden, swimming in the pool, sitting ’round the firepit chatting to friends. I took a close look at my list and thought to myself “What’s the one thing that stands out about these things?”.

 

Not one of them includes sitting indoors, working on my computer!

So I need a plan that will allow me to have the time to do the things on my list, as well as keep up with my blog and other online commitments.

To get to where I want to be from where I am now, Wayne recommends setting 1-3 “mini-goals” (AKA action steps) to make these dreams into plans and the plans into reality. I’m not going to worry about anything further out than 90 days from now; instead, I’m going to laser focus on the 1-3 areas I’m trying to improve.

The Jar of Life: Rocks first, pebbles second, and if there is time, fill your jar with sand.

If you spend all of your time on the small and insignificant things, you will run out of room for the things that are actually important. In order to have a more effective and efficient life, pay attention to the “rocks”, because they are critical to your long-term well-being.

I’m going to use this metaphor to choose my main mini-goals (rocks), and keep them in focus even while dealing with my everyday responsibilities (pebbles) and on through the daily distractions of life (sand). So today, or at least this week, I will outline 2 or 3 things which will help me take steps towards the achievement of each of my mini-goals.

I’ll keep a weekly written record of my progress, and this will provide me with concrete evidence of what I have achieved, and also where I have to make more effort! With luck and good management, I hope to see some steady progress.

To do this, I’ve created a printable weekly planner. If you’d like to get a copy for yourself, use the form below! 

Whether you think you can , or think you can’t, you’re right.

Henry Ford