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Simplifying Your Goals

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Do You Have Goal Clutter?

If you’ve taken any time to set your goals or manage your goals you may have found that you’ve created too many goals! Is it possible to have too many goals? Yes, it is. Especially if you’re trying to work on them all at once. This article will help you pare down your list of goals to a manageable amount so that you can focus, have peace of mind, and actually accomplish your goals.

Paring Down Your List of Goals

Take your list of goals that you set using the Life Goals Worksheet. (For instructions check the Goal Setting Guide.) Go through each of your goals and ask yourself, “Can I live without this goal or must I have it right now?” A helpful way to do this is to take all your goals and write each one on a yellow sticky. You want to get your list down to your top 10, then top 5, then top 3 goals. The top 3 goals will be your list to work on. And if this adds too much to your plate, then simply work on one of these at a time.

What to Do with the Other Goals

The goals that are not in your top 5-10 goals, can be placed in a “maybe” or “someday” category. If you find ones that are not that important, you might want to delete them. If they are still a dream you want to hold onto, then leave them on your list, but note that they are a “someday/maybe” category. When you do periodic reviews of your goal list they’ll be there if it’s time for them to graduate to your top list. For the purposes of clearing your mind and establishing focus, leave them behind mentally while you focus on your top goals.

Top 3 Goals as Time Management Tool

When you have your goal list pared down and de-cluttered, you are now ready to handle the dizzying amount of demands for your attention, time, and energy. Your top 3 goals list becomes a time management tool. It becomes a filter through which every request must pass. If a new request doesn’t relate to your top 3 goals, then it must wait in line behind all tasks that do relate to your top 3 goals.

I’m “Too Busy”

Contrast this with how most of us operate daily: wake up, dress, eat while commuting or just drink coffee, arrive work, check email, respond to emails as we read them regardless of priority, get caught up in someone else’s “firedrill” simply because it seemed easier than figuring out the best plan for our own day, late lunch, post lunch slump, no energy to tackle anything big, dive into email again, more busy work, 4pm think to self “I’m never going to get anything done today. Why does this always happen to me?” 5pm still working on low priority tasks, 6pm leave work exhausted, get take out, eat, watch the news, watch TV until too late, fall asleep wishing you had time to write that novel. Oh well.

Less “Busy,” More Productive

If you use your top 3 goals as a time management filter then you will gain more control of your time. You’ll be more focused and less “busy.” You can then spend larger chunks of time working towards the things that are most important to you.

To do this successfully, you must be disciplined and make the tasks associated with your top 3 goals your first priority of the day each day. This means not even looking at email in the morning unless it relates to your top 3 goals. And if you do look at email you should only open those that relate to moving your top 3 goals forward.

After you have accomplished your big tasks for the day, then you can move onto lesser priority tasks and feel good about what you’ve accomplished for the day. What you’ll notice is that “firedrills” get handled by other people if you’re not available. Also, you need to learn to say “No” to certain requests, ignore others, and delegate tasks that are more appropriately or more cost-effectively handled by someone else.

Small Investment, Big Return

Simplifying your goals, planning your day, and being disciplined in your implementation doesn’t take a lot of time. It just takes focus. And it actually frees up time for what you really want. That’s the big return. You will feel so good about your accomplishments. What are you waiting for? Start today!

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Can Someone Please Make Goal Setting Easy for Me?

Think goal setting is hard? Well it’s not. The actual goal setting part is easy and fun. It’s setting aside the time to do it that is difficult. We’d much rather sit on “input mode” in front of the TV or internet because that doesn’t require much thinking.

Well if you are yearning for something better in your life right now, do yourself a favor and use this simple guide and free Life Goals and Values Worksheet to discover your values, establish your goals, and craft your action plan to get there.

Unleash the Power of Goal Setting

Did you know that only 3% of people in the US set goals, and that they are among the wealthiest folks in the nation?! If you want to accomplish something, you can do it! But you must know where you want to go, have a plan to get there, and monitor your progress along the way.

I have created a very easy to use excel spreadsheet template to uncover your values, establish your goals, and craft your action plans for each goal. I will keep this as simple and streamlined as possible. Please download the template before starting.

Personal Values

If you want to set your goals very fast, you can skip this part and go to the “Life Goals” heading below. If you want a compass to guide your goal setting then, read this part.

Values are our inner guides that tell us how to live our lives. They help us make the most of our most valuable resource, time. They keep us from becoming caught up in distractions that steal our time away from what we really want. In short, they help us live our best life possible.

Discover Your Personal Values


  1. Go to the “List of Values” tab in the LifeGoals spreadsheet.
  2. Either print for offline viewing or read it online.
  3. Highlight the ones that resonate with how you want your life to be.
  4. You may add ones to this list or define them more specifically.
  5. Try to get this down to 10-20 values by merging similar ones or eliminating ones that are not as important.
  6. Write out your top 10-20 on yellow sticky notes for prioritizing.
  7. Prioritize these by continually comparing them two at a time until you have them in order.
  8. Type these into the tab “Your Values.”
  9. Place an (x) under each of the categories that those values apply too. See the examples you have questions on how it should look.


Free Life Goals Tracker

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Life Goals

Here’s the fun stuff. What if I told you you can have just about anything you want? Well you can! The real “secret” of this life is that you can achieve anything to which you set your mind. Here’s the magic formula: you must pick your destination, plot your course, execute your plan consistently over time, and monitor your progress, adjusting as necessary. Most of us are doing a lot of this on the fly and that’s fine. However if you want big changes that are important to you, this process will keep you more focused and more likely to succeed.

Setting Your Life Goals


  1. Go to the “Life Goals Tracker” tab in the LifeGoals spreadsheet. (See example tab for how it might look)
  2. Fill in your goals in the different categories (career, relationships, financial, physical, etc.). Don’t feel like you have to fill them all in at once.
  3. Fill in the SMART criteria for each goal: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timebound. Each one is explained on the sheet. This can be done either online or printout the sheet.
  4. Go to the “Action Plan Template.”
  5. To fill out on paper, print out as many templates as the number of goals you have.
  6. To fill out online, create as many copies as the number of goals you have. (Go to “Edit”>“Copy or Move Sheet”>click on “create copy”>Click OK)
  7. Fill in the Category and Goal.
  8. Optional: Fill in the Values from “Your Values” tab that align with this goal. If none of your values align, this could be a red flag that either this goal is not right for you, or that you’re missing a value that is important to you.
  9. Fill out an “Action Plan Template” for each goal you have. Include all the steps. Be really specific and detailed. Include Due date if appropriate.
  10. Add action steps into your calendar.
  11. Check off Actions as they are completed.

Tracking Your Progress

This is really important. Just as a pilot needs to continually monitor his location and heading relative to his destination, so must we monitor our progress toward our goals. If you’ve put together a complete action plan then this is easy. There are several ways you can track progress:

  1. Your current calendar. A great one is Google Calendar. Online or offline, schedule your action steps and fill in habits achieved each day.
  2. Online tracker: is a great way to track those goals that involve a daily or recurring actions. Very easy to use.
  3. The “Progress Calendar” Tab in the LifeGoals worksheet. You can use this for success charts which I will cover in another post soon.

Some Success Tips

  1. When setting your goals, allow yourself to dream big.
  2. Don’t worry about past attempts. Today is a new day. The future is yours to shape!
  3. Everyday visualize yourself achieving your goal. Believe! You Can Do It!
  4. When tackling your goals and setting your action plan, take it slow. Apply the Rule of One, which says to start only one goal at a time for the most success. Don’t be in a rush. Slow and steady wins the race.
  5. Get a Goal Buddy or more than one to help spur each other on with your goals.
  6. Make sure that your goals are YOURS, not someone else’s idea of what your goals should be.
  7. Goal setting is the easy part. Doing the action steps and monitoring your progress is where the real work is.
  8. Be persistent and methodical. Slow and steady wins the race!
  9. There is no “Failure” just opportunities to learn and readjust your strategy. See “What’s Getting in Your Way.
  10. You goals may morph over time. Adapt your goal list and action plan accordingly!
  11. If traditional goal setting is not for you then just use this loosely to whatever extent you can.
  12. Celebrate successes along the way even if they are small. Enjoy the journey. (Here are some keys to happiness.)
  13. Remember Action Creates Energy so get started now no matter how you feel and watch your enthusiasm grow!

Additional Resources

Goals On Track – very cool online goal software. “an easy to use, web 2.0 style goal setting, goal tracking, task and time management software that helps you accomplish any goals in life.” It is a pay service, but it’s got a 100% money back guarantee. Hey, if it helps you reach your goals, especially financial ones, it will probably pay for itself many times over.

Quantum Cookbook – If you are interested in adding the power of intention to your goals, this course is awesome. Having a guide that helps you focus your mind on your goals on a daily basis is one of the most powerful things you can do to ensure that you follow through. And it has a 200% money back guarantee. (Basiscally if you don’t find value in the course for any reason they will refund you double what you paid!)

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Please share your comments on Goal Setting and Personal Values. All comments big and small are very welcomed!

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