Short-term goals are the key to getting to you to your bigger long-term goals and dreams. They can be the catalyst that gets you off your bum in planning mode and starting to actually do something which brings momentum and inspiration.
The length of the type of short-term goal I’m referring to is 7 to 30 days.
Benefits of short-term goals:
1. Quick progress
2. Explosive growth
3. Very specific, daily actions
4. Build momentum
Recently, Claudia and I had a 3o day mystery shopping goal where we wanted to make an extra $800. This goal went really well, much better than some other goals we’ve had, and here are 4 keys that led to it turning out well.
4 keys for short-term goals done right:
1. Clearly define what the goal is.
You need to know specifically what you are working towards! Make it clear, precise, and very specific.
2. Set a specific 7 – 30 day time frame.
This is really important because it needs to be short enough that you’re not going to lose focus or intensity. It can not open-ended. This will only lead to procrastination and excuses. Set it for a specific number of days between 7 and 30.
3. Break your goal down into little, measurable pieces.
If you have a goal of redoing the landscaping and want to plant 30 new shrubs, tally up all the different tasks.
30 plants to buy
30 plants to organize and place
30 plants to plant
30 plants to mulch around
30 plants to water__________
150 total tasks
Count it up this way rather than just saying I have 30 plants to plant, or worse yet, 4 flower beds to redo. Breaking it down this way, you have the fulfillment of marking off more tasks. This helps you see the real progress you’re making.
4. Track your progress visually.
For our mystery shopping goal, we draw a big thermometer on our idea board to track our progress. Visually, we could see how we were getting closer to our goal which really helped us to stay motivated.
Question: Did you recently have a short-term goal that went well – why was that?