My friend Mark once told me a way to help me achieve my goals: each day, write down 20 things that you can do to that will help you move closer to your goal. Mark had used this techniqueÂ while earning his MBA when his goal was to win a contest at his school. He did this diligently every day and sure enough, he won.
Through the years, I’ve played around with this technique and created some rules to make it most effective. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
- Choose to list 5, 10 or 20 actions that you could do today that will move you closer to your goal. Commit to that number and never go below it.
- No duplicates from day to day.
- Choose a number of actions that you will take each day. It should be at least half of the number you are listing each day.
- IdentifyÂ the actions you will take every day (they can either be from the current day’s list or from a prior day) and take them.
Remember that the higher the number of actions that you decide to list and take, the quicker you will achieve your goal.