All of the hard work, hustle and determination in the world won’t do much for you if you don’t have a set of clearly defined goals.
You’ll be working hard and hustling, and that’s about it.
However, what’s the point of your effort if there isn’t an objective? Maybe you want to buy your first house or car. Maybe you’re working towards your retirement. Psychologists identified a direct correlation between one’s happiness and goal setting.
Studies have shown that people who make progress on their aims are happier emotionally and even lead longer lives.
But even the process of setting goals has to be thought out. There’s tricky stumbling blocks like “task aversiveness” and “implementation intentions” in addition to personal accountability. What’s the point of even reaching your end, if you waste money, time and effort in the process As Harvard Business Review points out:
Creating goals that you will accomplish isn’t just a matter of defining what needs doing—you also have to spell out the specifics of getting it done.
Motivational scientists refer to the process as “if-then planning.” It’s the process of defining The particulars of a goal or objective: if “x,” then “y.”
HBR has an interesting tool to help you with your “if-then” planning. You simply input your goals, and the if then planner will create a streamlined list that has goals and the subgoals you’ll need to be successful.
Give it a spin: https://hbr.org/2015/10/a-tool-to-help-you-reach-your-goals-in-4-steps