Your Next Step
When embarking on a project or goal we can often experience overwehelm. I know I do sometimes.
I’m running several websites, growing three companies, growing three young children and keeping fit.
One thing which will really help you decide what to do next is to work out the end result and then work out all the steps you need to take to get you there.
Say for my next site about how to win at IT contracting. I start at the end and then work my way back to the next action I need to take:
- Site launched
- Test payment system
- Check all links working
- Videos uploaded
- Cram sheets added
- 20 articles uploaded
- Front end logo and design
So all I need to think about today is getting the logo done. I can easily send a brief to my designer and then move onto the next step which is writing and adding 20 articles.
Nothing else matters today and I need not worry about all the other stuff.
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Yes. One step at a time.
Goals are always a good thing. However, make a long term goal, and work your way back to the present so that you can calculate if you are sticking to your goals you have set and are they realistic.
If you don’t have a plan or you will never get there, be organised, no use trying to run before you can walk.
Looks great. Have an overall strategic plan with all steps outlined, but worry about one step at a time.
Nice tip. Thanks for the reminder. It is a good idea to know where you are going before you begin your trip. Begin with the end in mind…..
I remember reading “failling to plan is planning for failure” thats so true!
“How do you eat an elephant?”
“One piece at a time.”
I am a teacher and see my students become overwhelmed when they are doing exercises – I teach them to break each task into smaller chunks and they manage to complete the exercises successfully.
My goal is to get into contracting and then start my own training business.
I am presently studying for the CWNA exam then I will concentrate/focus on the CCNP. I am giving myself 3 months for each exam instead of trying to study for all three exams (SWITCH, ROUTE, TSHOOT) at once. This will enable me to be easily CCNP certified by this time next year.
I believe that in order to succeed in reaching a long term goal for any commitment it is very important to set short term goals. Setting these short term goals is a good way to gratify the work you have completed. To reach any goal worth reaching it is a necessity to take baby steps. A person can feel quite successful before actually completing their long term goal just by reaching and completing the smaller goals. I think that you show a great example of short term and long term goals.
I admire you for your complete organization of getting things done. Very few people have a talent or even discipline to do what your doing. I think the only thing that keeps a man in poverty is laziness, and lack of love for discipline. More power to you!
I think you need all the leverage you can get! putting all work in an organized thought as stated above is one sure way to secure that contract, of course this is subjective depending on the proposal of the competitor.
Writing a clear plan only confirms how determined you are to reach your goals. a lot of people procrasitnate, only delaying what should have been theirs all along. Running a thorough plan and testing it to fool proof it as stated above only confirms that the Paul did his homework diligently.
I admire your achievements and current works, Growing 3 companies and raising three kids is a challenge and a handful for the majority, but you seem to make it look effortless. I agree the next step matters as much as the previous step, assuming the previous step was correct.
Putting everything in a precise manner is how Germans work. I am not German but I know German quality work when I see it. Look at the great contributions they give us from automobiles to dog breeds. It pays to couple persistence with organized work.
Doing a handful of things at the same time isn’t advisable. I do however admire people who can do it. You seem to be organized and a natural leader. Keep it up!
One step at a time, and breaking large goals into smaller sub-goals ? important advice for us all. There?s nothing like being able to ?check-off? an item from a to-do list to feel a sense of accomplishment ? and to be energized for the next step.