You’re excited, but also overwhelmed. In the course of one afternoon, you’ve managed to set a wide array of goals for yourself. Goals like:
- Finish writing your novel by the end of the quarter
- Do 50 crunches a day
- Track your caloric intake five days a week
- Read one book a week
- Volunteer somewhere with your best friend once a quarter
- Email 15 potential guests for your podcast each day for a month
It’s a lot, yet it’s also inspiring. You feel really good about your goals and can’t wait to start working on them. But.. you’re not sure how to manage it all.
Balancing ten+ goals
As of this writing, I have ten+ goals.
Some are achievement goals, some are habit goals (learn about their differences here). Some are time-consuming, some aren’t. And some are easy, where others are pretty painful. *Note: If you’re interested, you can see the current goals I’m working on here. You can also see recaps of my July goals here and August goals here.
Contrasts aside though, there is one thing they all have in common.
They all require my time.
To some degree, they each need my undivided focus and attention. And, having over ten goals, that can quickly become a problem. Is it though? Not at all. Because there’s a simple method to making it all work.
*Note: Achieve your goals once and for all with my goal success course.
Determine the available time
Each goal requires time. Ok, easy enough. So with each goal you set, you first need to understand what kind of time you have available. For instance, how much time do you have each day to:
- Or volunteer
To keep things simple, let’s just look at reading. How much time do you have for reading each day? Five minutes? Five hours? Ehh… let’s say you have one hour a day to read.
That’s the amount of time you have available.
How long will it take?
Now look at your goal.
You want to read one book a week. So ask yourself – how long will it take me to do that? Personally, I’m not the fastest reader and get through about 20 pages in an hour. If the average book has 200 pages, it would take me ten hours to complete one book.
You wouldn’t have enough time in that case since you have, at most, one hour a day (seven for the week). So before moving forward, you should adjust your goal so as to be more attainable. Instead of reading one book a week, you can change your goal to read one book every two weeks.
There. Now you can breathe.
Track your goals
Once you’ve done that, you need to create a means for tracking all of your goals. I call this a goal tracker (clever, right?) and I have an entire post on how to create one right here.
Do not skip this step.
If you want to effectively balance multiple goals, you need to have some form of a goal tracker. Otherwise, you will lose sight of the various balls in the air.
Create a plan
You have your goals. You know how much time each requires, you’ve adjusted each of your goals to fit your lifestyle, and you have a way to quickly see all of the goals you’re pursuing. From there, you need to plan out your day.
Personally, I get organized and do the bulk of my planning on Sundays.
And then each evening, I sit down and plan out my next day in greater detail.
For example, on Sunday I plan out the skeleton of my week. And then each evening I create a thorough plan for the next day. So if today is Tuesday, I’d plan out my day in exact detail for Wednesday. You may not always stick to it, but at least you will know what you need to do.
*Note: You can learn more about what I do on Sunday right here.
Revise your plan
The last thing you need to do is revise your plan throughout the day. I touched on this a moment ago and I mention it again because of its importance. Your day will rarely go as planned.
And that’s ok.
However, the nice thing about having a plan is that even if it changes, you can adjust it and make sure that you still tackle the goals that you need to each day.
What about non-recurring goals?
That’s all you need to do to balance your multiple goals.
Although, you may be wondering – How does that work for goals that aren’t daily or weekly-based? That’s where your goal tracker and the use of planning becomes critical. Because some weeks you may work on a goal and then you may not need to do anything else for a while.
Keeping track of what does or doesn’t need to be tackled isn’t a problem though.
You have your goal tracker which helps you stay organized with your goals. And from there you are deliberate about the schedule you create and follow each day. Thus ensuring that nothing ever gets by you.
Instead, you are well-balanced, deliberate, and able to achieve the goals you’re after. And you will achieve your goals.
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