One my ongoing challenges is maintaining momentum towards my goals. It is much easy to maintain a habit. So the solution for me, obviously, is to create habits around my goals.
This is not a new idea for me. I long accepted that rather than specific target-type resolutions, I prefer to identify a clear direction within specific focus areas of my life and then create systems and habits that take me in that direction.
But there are times when I have a goal I need to achieve, often with a deadline.
I finally found a tool that helps me do that, fairly painlessly.
Described as a tool to help you make “meaningful progress every day.”
It is very intentionally designed to help you focus less on how much you do (like most to do lists) and more on the why behind what you’re doing.
You are encouraged to think through your goals, clearly state them and identify what would be the most meaningful thing you need to achieve in furtherance of each of them. Then each day you list small actionable intentions that will move you forward.
But my favourite features are the ones that thoughtfully keep me focused on my goals: daily outcomes, built in review cycles (weekly, monthly, quarterly), and nudges if I push something onto my list for a few days in a row but don’t get it done (it is really important? can it be split to make it more doable?
I still get the dopamine hit of checking things off my list, while knowing that there is truly meaningful progress happening towards something important to me.
Last year and earlier this year, I used this to help me clear up some financial debt and make real progress on completing some training I was working on. I have put it aside the last few months, but will be dusting off as I enter my goal-setting period.
Definitely worth checking out if, like me, you are looking for a way to make progress.