It is very important to have your goals in written format. A study of Harvard Business School graduates demonstrates the importance of written goals to achievement. The 3% of students who had written goals went on to own 95% of their class's combined wealth 20 years later. This is no joke. However, I think we need to do more than write down our goals. We must put them in a place of prominence so that we are reviewing them regularly.
Every night before I go to bed, I write down the six most important things I need to accomplish the following day. That way, when I wake up and begin working, I already have a plan of how to proceed. Every Sunday, I spend a couple hours in the afternoon planning what I am going to do the following week. Then, on the first of each month, I plan my work for the next month and I tentatively plan my activities for the next six months. At the beginning of the year, I write my goals for the year. Writing and reviewing one’s goals goes a long way toward ensuring their completion. Do you have your 2009 goals written down? If so, congratulations. Share one with me. If not, what are you waiting for?
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