End Goals Lead to a Meaningful Journey

I came across a BIG idea recently. In the book “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind,” Vishen Lakhiani talks about the difference between means goals and end goals.

Means goals vs End goals

A means goal is motivated by the thought that it will lead to something else in the end. It is the means to how you get something else. A means goal can be one of many possible paths to reach an end goal. For example, a means goal might be saving money so that you can go to college. In the video below, Vishen uses the example of pursuing a college degree. If the motivation is the benefits once it is completed, it is a means goal. If the motivation is that you love education and want to learn, it is a end goal.

End goals speak to our hearts, and are more meaningful. (a little ironically) When we pursue a means goal, we believe “If only I had this [fill in the blank] I would be happy.” With means goals we are seeking future benefits, sometimes to the detriment of present happiness, and based on guesswork about what will make us happy that can often be wrong. With end goals we directly experience happiness as we pursue something that we love. Setting end goals leads to a journey that makes you happy.

“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” -Alfred D Sousa

“The point is not the end of the journey…Remember to sing and dance along the way.” –Alan Watts

Set End Goals

To set end goals, consider The Three Most Important Questions from Vishen Lakhiani.

  1. Identify how you want to contribute.
  2. Think of experiences you want that will lead to positive emotions.
  3. Decide how you will grow to create these experiences and make these contributions.

Setting End Goals is a huge shift! Suddenly, goals are about what you CREATE, not about what you HAVE! End goals still need to be attainable, but making this shift is empowering and you have a lot more fun on the journey. You can’t buy happiness, but you can create it when you follow the BE MEASURING practices and set meaningful end goals.

Vishen Lakhiani on the difference between means goals and end goals…

When you know how you want to contribute, you know the right direction to go. There may be many possible paths to take, different means goals to achieve the end goals. The biggest obstacle to a meaningful journey is not knowing how you want to contribute. Discover how to Uncover Hidden Talents and create a value statement that pinpoints what you do and why.

In the following video, “Why Happiness is the New Productivity,” Vishen talks about the Four Different States of Mind. He calls these: 1. The Negative Spiral, 2. The Current Reality Trap, 3. Stress & Anxiety, and 4. Bending Reality. To Bend Reality, combine happiness in the present with a vision for the future to find flow. Make shift happen by creating something now while moving forward, compelled by a vision for the future.

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Tools to Plan an Awesome New Year

With these tools, you can set some goals, make resolutions, and track your progress in 2017. I made these to add to my Planner binder. Don’t forget to grab a copy of the printables at An Annual Review too!

GOAL WORKSHEET FOR 2017

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For each area, think of one word that describes what you want to CREATE.
  2. Next, think of what you need to DO to make that happen.
  3. Pick a few goals that are the most meaningful, and make them SMART.
  4. Break the goals into smaller steps.
  5. Track your progress.

2017 Resolutions

There are lots of ideas for resolutions on a one page printable, with a visual cue for different areas. Find ideas for metrics to track at An Annual Review.

HABIT SCORECARD

With this Habit Scorecard, you can track 5 daily habits for a month.

I am planning to make some amazing shift happen in 2017! How about you? Review How to Set Goals,find ideas for goals at the Goal Plans tab, or consider getting my ebook, “Get Goaling: the simple guide to set and achieve your goals.”

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Goal Worksheet

The Keep It Super Simple goal-worksheet (pdf) is here!

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  1. Choose goals. Look at life areas you might want to improve.
  2. What do you want more of in this area, and how will you increase it?
  3. Say it SMART: make it specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound.
  4. Break it down into action steps.
  5. Know your why. Because you: believe in something, want to solve a problem? What will success make possible?
  6. Picture it! Keep it visual & visible, and track it.
  7. Commit to it.
  8. Get Goaling!
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Free printable sticky note goals set of 3 each/page (pdf)

Here’s how to print the sticky note goals using a template from studenthandouts.com

Stay on track with regular reviews: the Weekly & Monthly Review Tracker is now available at An Annual Review.

Learn more with the ebook “Get Goaling: the simple guide to set and achieve your goals.”

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Goal Skills

How to Be a Black Belt Goal Setter

There are many skills involved in the art of goal setting. Learn how to move from the white belt level to become a black belt goal setter with a free printable Goal Mastery Levels. (pdf)

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Purpose: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” –Lewis Carroll

Choosing: There are so many options! Learn how to choose top priority goals.

Planning: Know where to start with a game plan.

SMART goals: Know the rules of goals based on science. Goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time sensitive.

Visible & Visual: Remind yourself of where you want to go and why. Life is full of distractions to take you off course!

Inspiration: Get inspired with Audio & Video, Quotes & Books

Motivation: Give yourself a motivation boost when you seem to have lost it somewhere.

Discipline: Self-control and grit are key to the ability to power through when the going gets tough.

Time Management: Make time for your goals with effective time use.

Acting: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Rogers

Persistence: It can take a lot of determination to keep going.

Reviewing: Monitor progress with weekly reviews, monthly reviews, and an annual review.

Learn more about setting and achieving goals with a free tutorial and the eBook “Get Goaling: A simple guide to set and achieve your goals”

 

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An Annual Review

Once a year, it’s good to take a look at how things are going in different areas of your life. This big picture view let’s you evaluate how things are going and plan for what’s next.

Steps for an Annual Review

1. Review the past year. What went well, and what have you learned? What obstacles have you encountered and how have you handled them?

2. Review the results of your weekly and monthly reviews.

What’s that? You haven’t been doing regular reviews? Below are two free printable tools to stay on track with weekly and monthly reviews for the next year. Use the Annual Planner and Annual Review Metrics Chart for a years worth of information that will be invaluable for the next annual review. Choose a day and time for a weekly review that works well for you, and commit to following through.

3. Choose the life areas you want to focus on in the upcoming year. The Life Area Energy Gauge is a tool to see which areas of your life need more attention. This is similar to the Wheel of Life, but the Life Area Energy Gauge is quicker and easier and gives a better overview.

4. Review your goals: Are you still excited about them, or is it time to choose some new ones? (see Goal Plans for ideas)

5. Plan for the coming year. Set time frames and target dates for long range and shorter range goals. Plan the action steps that you need to take. Look for meaningful metrics to track in the life areas you have chosen to focus on. Attempting to track too much can be overwhelming, so choose carefully. Some ideas for metrics and tools for tracking them are below.

6. Review your value statement: does it still pinpoint what you do and why, or does it need to be updated? If you update it, how does that impact your goals?

7. Review your work space and task management system. Do they still work well for you, or are there changes you could make to increase your efficiency? See Time Management 101.

8. Print calendars and any updated lists if desired.

Ideas for metrics to track for an annual review:

  • Physical: weight, body mass index, blood pressure
  • Financial: Income, savings, investments, net worth
  • Career: Work projects completed, time audit of productivity
  • Mental: goals achieved, books read
  • Emotional: Acts of kindness, emotional intelligence score
  • Relationships: activities with family and friends, loving actions for closer relationships
  • Character: volunteer activities, creative work
  • Social: group activities
  • Organizational: Home projects completed
  • Spiritual: frequency of prayer, meditation, gratitude
  • Purpose: time spent in flow or contributing w/talents, Work/Life balance score
  • Recreational: trips taken, new activities tried

Tools for Tracking Metrics

Free Printables:

  • The Weekly & Monthly Review Tracker (see above) is one page with two forms for tracking reviews. Pair the tracker with a free one page printable pdf: Review & Plan has steps for daily, weekly, monthly & annual reviews plus ideas for metrics to track.
  • The Annual Planner from the Daily PlanIt is also still available. It is a free 9 page pdf booklet with forms to capture the results of weekly and monthly reviews for a year. It includes weekly and monthly review action steps & review questions, ideas for metrics, and an annual chart to record progress.
  • The Annual Review Metrics Chart is a free pdf from the Daily PlanIt.
  • time audit chart from the Daily PlanIt.
  • The Annual Calendar from Vertex42 is great for planning and tracking progress.
  • My Reading List from Money Saving Mom. (pdf)

Apps:

To learn more about setting and acheiving goals, check out the free Daily PlanIt short course on How to Set Goals, and my eBook, “Get Goaling.

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The Monthly Review

It's time for a monthly review and planning for the new month.

A Monthly Review is a look back and a look forward, similar to a Weekly Review but with the time frame of a month.

Steps for a Monthly Review

  1. Review major accomplishments of the past month.
  2. Review the results of any metrics you are tracking for an annual review.
  3. Plan the next month, reviewing monthly repeating tasks and upcoming annual repeating tasks.
  4. Review your value statement.
  5. Review goals & projects.
  6. Review ideas and decide whether to take action on any of them.
  7. Print calendars and/or lists if desired.

Monthly Review Questions

  1. How does what actually happened in the past month compare to what you had planned?
  2. What went well? Was progress made on projects and goals?
  3. Do all tasks, projects and goals align with your value statement?
  4. What didn’t go so well? Where are you stuck and what can you do about it?
  5. Did you make good use of your time?
  6. How can you increase productivity? What changes can you make to reduce or eliminate time-wasters?
  7. Did you spend enough time with family and friends?
  8. Did you spend enough time on fitness, leisure and spiritual activities?
  9. What will you do next month?

The Monthly Review lets you see how busy the upcoming month is. You can see times that are less busy to schedule tasks for goals and projects. The Free printable Annual Planner at An Annual Review has forms to capture results of a weekly and monthly review.

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Further Reading

Monthly Review at Higher Awareness

25 Quotes to Defeat Procrastination

Alex Vermeer has identified strategies to get motivated in four categories: increase expectancy, increase value, decrease impulsiveness, or decrease delay. These quotes will inspire you to implement these tactics for defeating procrastination.

Choose a Growth Mindset
“No matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”
-Carol Dweck

Visualize
“People that are successful are able to see what success is. They are able to define it in their mind’s eye.” -Dr. Phil

Track It
“The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.”

Have a Plan B
“If ‘Plan A’ didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay cool.”

Celebrate Progress
“Even the smallest actions are steps in the right direction.”

Get Inspired
“Inspiration is everywhere, and often in unexpected places: you just have to keep your eyes open.”

Take Action
“The best way to get things done is to simply begin.”

Connect with Passion
“Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose.” -Oprah Winfrey

This quote courtesy of @Pinstamatic (http://pinstamatic.com)

Add sweet to the bitter
“There is no sweeter reward than crossing off an unpleasant task. If you do the worst first, reward yourself with the best next.” -dailyplanit.com

Add Accountability
“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen Covey

Procrastinate Productively
“There are no limits to what you can accomplish when you are supposed to be doing something else.”
Tip: at least work on something else that needs to be done.

Find Meaning
“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”

Create Competition
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo

Take a break
“If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.” -Oprah Winfrey

Find Flow
“Look for the perfect balance of challenge and skill where time stands still.” -dailyplanit.com

Use negative pairing
“Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.”
Tip: imagine something negative connected with whatever is tempting you.

Make Progress Visual
“Don’t break the chain.” – Jerry Seinfeld

Clear Thoughts
“Keep your head clear. It doesn’t matter how bright the path is if your head is always cloudy.”
Tip: write down distracting thoughts

Use goal reminders
“The difference between where you are and where you will be in a week is what you do for the next seven days.”

Create a Habit
“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” – John Dryden

Reduce distractions
“Life is too full of distractions nowadays. When I was a kid we had a little Emerson radio and that was it. We were more dedicated. We didn’t have a choice.” – Stan Getz
Tip: if you can’t eliminate a distraction, at least make it harder to get to.

Make failure painful
“After awhile you realize that putting your actions where your mouth is makes you less likely to have to put your money where your mouth is.” -Criss Jami
Tip: put some money on the line and pay if you fail.

Run a “dash”
“Make the most of the dash.”
Tip: commit to just 5 minutes on a task and you just might keep going.

Set a Goal
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” – Abraham Lincoln
Tip: make goals SMART

Set a deadline
“Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms, carry out your plan.” – Paul J. Meyer

Quotes for Overcoming Procrastination on the Daily PlanIt Pinterest board.

Get your free copy of 25 Quotes and Affirmations to Finally Defeat Procrastination (plus 10 more to Overcome Fear!)

Getting the Important Stuff Done

“Doing work that matters is much harder than doing work that doesn’t.” – Peter Bregman, author of “18 Minutes.”18minutes

The important work that we say that we want to do is often hard. It’s so much easier to fritter away time on things that don’t matter like Facebook, Pinterest, or Farmville. These easy distractions give us an immediate pay-off which is hard to resist. The long-term pay-off of pursuing our goals is much more valuable, but also much farther away.

The Quadrant II activities in Stephen R Covey’s Time Management Matrix include things like planning, clarifying values, and relationship building. These are the activities we should spend more time on, but that often fall by the wayside, pushed aside by more trivial matters. Take these steps to overcome the pitfalls and get important stuff done.

10 Tactics for accomplishing important work:

Don’t overlook your goals when choosing your Most Important Tasks (MITs) for the day

Important tasks can be routine work, like the report that is due today and the car that needs an oil change. We know that QII activities are also important, but without a deadline they can often be easily postponed. They may never happen if you wait to do them until you have free time.

Tackle important work at the best time

It’s best to work on tasks that require thought and creativity when you have the most energy, usually in the morning. Don’t waste your most productive time.

Remember the benefits

Consider the consequences if it is not done, and the benefits of accomplishing it.

Make it easy

In his book and TED Talk, Peter Bregman uses an example to illustrate this. His family thought they would eat outdoors at a table, but found they never used it…until they moved it a little closer to their door. Make good habits easy, and bad habits hard.

KISS-Keep It Super Simple

Maybe you don’t need a complicated plan. Maybe you only need to know the first step. Some projects may be complex, but keep them as simple as possible. Don’t make it harder than it needs to be.

Break it down

Big tasks can seem overwhelming unless they are broken down into smaller action steps.

Take one small step

Get started by telling yourself you will do just one small step. Often once inertia is overcome, it’s easy to keep the momentum going.

Get focused

Do an annual review to choose goals and areas of focus. The Energy Level Gauge is a simple tool that makes it easy to see which areas of your life need more attention.

Remind Yourself

Keep it visual, and keep it on your radar. Peter Bregman’s 18 minutes: 5 minutes in the morning to plan, 5 minutes in the evening to review, and a timer set hourly during the day to re-focus.

Schedule it

Assign a date and time in your calendar. In 18 Minutes, Peter Bregman describes studies from the book “The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz which reveal that deciding when and where we will do something makes it 80-100% more likely to be done.

Want to learn more? Read 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman, and watch his TED Talk, The Work Buffet.

More resources to: Learn about Productivity

Making Ideas Happen (Book Notes)

Why is it so hard to finish what we start? I don’t know about you, but I have an incomplete project or two around. The initial enthusiasm begins to fade as the work goes on and difficulties occur. Distractions crop up to take us off in different directions, and sometimes we never get back on course. I was so pleased to find a book that explores this topic. Here are my notes inspired by reading the book “Making Ideas Happen” by Scott Belsky.

Getting ideas is usually not the problem. Actually acting on an idea to create something is the hard part. It’s especially challenging when working with creative teams. How this can be accomplished is the subject of the book “Making Ideas Happen,” by Scott Belsky, founder and CEO of the Behance Network, a leading platform for creative professionals.

START

Capture the idea. Choose ideas wisely. Evaluate the idea.

GET ORGANIZED

Set up a system to manage your projects. Learn more about the Action Method at 99u. Organize visually. Create a work space that allows shifting between creativity and productivity.

EXECUTE

Act with persistence. Focus. Have a follow-up system. Set a target date.

FINISH

Follow through to completion. Commit to shipping. Overcome resistance. Know when it is time to release.

Create COMMUNITY

Creative ideas are best served when people communicate and interact. Fresh perspectives add to the outcome. Request input on ideas and get feedback. Pitch your idea to others and market yourself.

Be a LEADER

Inspire others with your vision. Motivate yourself and others. Think like an entrepreneur. Encourage engagement with playfulness and recognition as rewards.

Watch Scott Belsky talk about making ideas happen in his TED Talk:

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System Reboot

Earlier this week, my laptop started to act like it was possessed. The cursor began crazily jerking across the screen on a path of it’s own choosing, definitely not in the direction I wished to go. I tried some troubleshooting tactics. I updated my virus checker and did a scan. I did a defrag. I attempted a system restore. And then it seemed okay. I thought I had fixed it, until I plugged it into the outlet in the kitchen, the same outlet I was plugged into when the problem began. Then the difficulty returned, apparently only occurring in those conditions. One of my friends advised me, “Don’t plug it into the kitchen outlet!” That’s pretty good advice, I’d say.

While my computer was unavailable (it took hours to defrag) I spent some time reviewing the process and systems I use to manage tasks and projects. Some updating was definitely in order. It reminded me of the importance of reviewing, and made me think about how it should be done regularly. If the thought of doing an in-depth review is daunting, I have found that even a quick review can be beneficial. If only a small amount of time is dedicated to glancing back and then forward, it still provides a good return for the investment.  I also ran across a fantastic free tool for an annual review from The Art of Non-Conformity.

Things I learned from a system reboot

When facing a problem:

1. If certain conditions cause problems, and those conditions are not essential, avoid them! This is kind of a derivative of “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

2. Experiment to eliminate possible causes.

3. Don’t forget to perform routine maintenance.

4. If you’re stuck, review your system, your projects and goals.

More problems I ran into this week:

spamI reached the limit of my endurance for Spam. Frankly, I never have had much appreciation for any kind of spam. Lately spammers have gotten quite tricky in their methods for getting through spam filters. A genuine comment on a post has become increasingly rare. I resolved to turn off comments, although I invite genuine interaction on the Daily PlanIt Facebook page. They came to this conclusion at Copyblogger back in March. (I’ve seen spam in commments on other Facebook pages, so we’ll see how that goes.)  Once the decision was made, I discovered there isn’t just one simple switch to throw. To truly turn them all off would require going to every single post, and there are lots of them here. My hope is that turning off comments on this and future posts and the pages will deter most of the spammers. Talk about time wasters, spam is on my hit list. dislike

Awhile back, an employee at Office Depot persuaded me to purchase several printer cartridges of their brand rather than genuine HP printer cartridges. I knew better than to do that, but allowed myself to be swayed. The first one perked along well, but eventually my printer revolted. When I replaced the cartridge with the real deal, my printer was once again happy. So I attempted to return the other Office Depot cartridges, but was refused a refund. I’m not mad, but I AM going to spread the word, and I’ll never buy another cartridge there. I’m just saying.

Do you do regular maintenance and a weekly review? An annual review? Let me know on the Daily PlanIt Facebook page!