Goal planning should be organised and structured. If our goals are unclear, it can be difficult to see exactly what needs to be done. Goals are often too unrealistic. You’ll be more likely to complete your goals by splitting them into shorter, more manageable micro-goals.
A good technique to create manageable goals is the ‘SMART method’.
SMART is a series of goal setting guidelines that stands for:
Specific - i.e. What exactly is your goal?
Measurable - i.e. How will you measure when the goal is complete?
Achievable - i.e. How will you break the task down to make it achievable?
Relevant - i.e. How will this daily goal help you to reach your long-term goal?
Time-Sensitive - i.e. When is the deadline for this goal to be completed?
Prioritising goals is also key to better goal planning. If you complete your most important goals first, no matter what distractions you face during your day, you know the urgent tasks are resolved.
The ‘MIT technique’ can be helpful for prioritising goals. With this technique, you choose three micro-goals to complete within the day. You only complete these three, with no other additions.