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The "Boxed Set Approach" to Setting Goals

Temporal landmarks

If you want to re-ignite your hunger and focus for a given objective, pay attention to any "temporal landmarks" between now and the completion time of the goal. Use public events, birthdays or planned breaks as episode dividers in the path ahead.

Arrange a book deadline for after your birthday or a weight-loss target for when you get back from a conference.

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The "Boxed Set Approach"

Our lives are often referred to as a stream or a journey, yet our minds more naturally divide life into episodes or seasons, like a DVD boxed set.

The Boxed Set approach helps us to think of a future self as being in a different season, separate and distinct from the person we are now. This sense of distance is energizing because it makes the future path more visible.

Temporal landmarks

If you want to re-ignite your hunger and focus for a given objective, pay attention to any "temporal landmarks" between now and the completion time of the goal. Use public events, birthdays or planned breaks as episode dividers in the path ahead.

Arrange a book deadline for after your birthday or a weight-loss target for when you get back from a conference.

Before mapping out

If your goals are unrealistic or too daunting, seeing them lying ahead in a future Season could backfire, damaging your morale and pushing you to procrastinate.

Keep this technique for when you're confident this isn't a risk.

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After a period of success, you most certainly want to keep doing the things in the same way, as it has allowed you to achieve everything that was on your list, rather than starting all over again.

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Sharing information on failure among peers means less work overall, and better success for the entire team, as team members do not have to reinvent the wheel by making the same mistake to learn from it.

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We have two ways of dealing with our procrastination:

  1. Make whatever we’re procrastinating on feel less uncomfortable, and
  2. Convince our present selves into caring about our future selves.

Make getting started ridiculously easy

Often starting a task is the biggest hurdle. Research shows that progress—no matter how small—can be a huge motivator to help us keep going.

Set the timer for just 5 or 10 minutes. While the timer’s running, you don’t have to work, but you can’t do anything else. You have to sit with your work, even if you don’t get started.

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