Identify Your Goals

Identify Your Goals

Start by taking a bird’s eye view of your life and slowly nail down more specific goals.

Identify your big goal. Then get more granular and identify specific goals along the way.

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Setting priorities
Properly setting priorities is an essential skill for business success. 

Take a long-term view when setting priorities and you’ll have a much greater chance of achieving your objectives.

Each goal you set should be S.M.A.R.T. — Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.

  • Specific: The more specific your goals are, the better chance you have of achieving them.
  • Measurable: Can you identify milestones to hit along your way to success?
  • Attainable: Are you willing and able to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve your goal?
  • Relevant: A goal that you care about.
  • Timely: Make sure every goal you set is time-bound.

Start planning daily tasks.

These tasks can then be organized on your to-do list.

Use the Eisenhower Box

A highly effective framework for setting priorities.

Tasks are classified into one of four boxes.
  • You want to first focus on Important and Urgent tasks
  • Tasks that are Important but not Urgent should be scheduled in your calendar. 
  • Urgent but Not important duties should be delegated when possible. 
  • Assignments that are Neither Important or Urgent should be eliminated from your to-do list completely.

By prioritizing tasks this way, you’ll allow yourself to really focus on the important things without becoming distracted.

Another way to prioritize tasks is by using the 80/20 rule. This rule states that 20% of your work will account for 80% of your results. 

To use the 80/20 rule when setting priorities, analyze the items on your to-do list. Which of them will have the greatest impact on your current project, career, and life? These are the tasks you should focus on. 

Everything else can be delegated, dropped, or accomplished after you’ve completed the most important assignments.

Eat the Frog First

“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

Regardless of where this saying comes from, it’s a valuable concept. If you struggle with procrastination, you would be wise to schedule your most difficult assignments first thing in the morning.

First, write down every single task you need to accomplish. Then go through and mark each task with a letter ranging from A to E.

  • “A” tasks are very important. If they aren’t done, you and/or your business will experience serious consequences.
  • “B” stands for important tasks. They are things you should do, but will only result in minor consequences if they are left undone.
  • “C” tasks are those you’d like to accomplish, but don’t represent any negative consequences when left incomplete.
  • “D” stands for delegate. These are assignments that should be completed, just not by you. Send them to someone else.
  • “E” tasks should be eliminated. The more jobs you cross off your to-do list immediately, the more time you have for the most important assignments.

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Time Blocking

Time commitment to get started: Low

Type: Visual, abstract

Perfect for people who: Find small tasks and interruptions are taking over the whole day.

What it does: Holds you accountable to your daily plan by allocating specific periods of time for specific types of work.


To start timeboxing, just split up your day into blocks of time with specific tasks assigned to each one.


One approach is InboxZero for email. Dedicating specific chunks of time to reading and answering emails so that they don’t take over your day.


Another approach is Day Theming. Instead of switching between different types of work or areas of responsibility throughout the day, you dedicate each day of the week to a specific theme.

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John Maynard Keynes
“We must give a lot of thought to the future, because that is where we are going to spend the rest of our lives.”
Key Results

Key results take all that inspirational language and quantifies it.

You create them by asking a simple question “how would we know if we met our objective?”

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