Can you guess which aspect of the creative process most creators find challenging? When we polled our creator community, we found the answer. It turns out that the hardest part for most creators is finishing. Chances are you also have more than one project started… but not finished, right? This is why we talk so much about setting daily goals.
Audio Article – Setting Daily Goals:
The Shiny Object Syndrome is a common challenge for the creative mind. New ideas are fresh and intriguing and—like persistent children (or the dog determined to be let outside)—they demand our attention. New ideas come with new and fresh energy. Existing projects require us to bring the fuel of perseverance even when we’re tired of working on something.
New ideas demand our attention, but we can’t neglect our other “children”… our work-in-progress.
The Pyramid of Progress
To manifest ideas and bring them to fruition is to learn how to prioritize and focus on the most important projects first. The most effective way of setting daily goals is to start with the big picture, then break it down.
Beginning with the macro of your yearly goals, break it down from there to quarterly goals. Once you’ve identified the four key quarterly goals for accomplishing your annual goal, you can then break that down into monthly, weekly and daily tasks.
If you’re new to goal setting and starting at a year or even quarterly goal feels overwhelming, then start with your monthly or weekly goals and break those down further. As with anything, goal setting improves over time with practice.
How Do You Prioritize Goals?
It’s important to ask focusing questions to help you identify the most important goals, and from there, the most important tasks toward achieving your goals. For that, we use—and recommend—the simple question posited by the book, The One Thing, which asks:
“What’s The ONE Thing you can do—such that by doing it—everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
~The One Thing book
This uber simple question is a steadily reorienting one that serves to keep bringing the needle of your compass back to your true north. Your true north, in this case, is your 90 Day Goal, which is a part of your annual—macro—goal.
But don’t worry. This does NOT mean that you can’t do more than one thing. However, it does mean that if you want to take your efficiency and success to the next level, the best way for you to get there is to prioritize one thing at a time.
The best way to arrive at your goal is to focus on one thing at a time.
“Most people give up way way too soon. Don’t be most people.”
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
Setting Simple Goals
Since everyone has different kinds of business goals, perhaps a more general goal common to many people might help here. Most people can relate to health and fitness, we’ll use a weight loss example.
If your goal is weight loss, and you regularly enjoy an afternoon trip to Starbucks for a venti frappuccino, this could be the one thing you could change to make everything else easier or even unnecessary.
For instance, you may be wanting to keep your diet exactly as it is, and just plan to increase your workout time and intensity. But, if you just replaced your afternoon venti frappuccino that has around 20 teaspoons of sugar, and replace it with a protein shake with almond milk, or fresh fruit smoothie with coconut milk, or even a green juice with coconut water (best option for health), that one change daily will make a significant positive improvement that compounds over time.
That one positive change per day will save you calories and health, and likely make it so that you don’t have to increase your workouts to begin to see better results. That’s your one thing for that day or that week. When that’s done, you identify and do the next most important “one thing”.
Choices compound. Choose good ones.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com
Setting Your Daily Goal
So what is that for you now? What is the one thing you can do next that will move you closer to your goal?
Hello! I’m LeAura, a former homeschooling mom, self development advocate, entrepreneur, author, ideator, web publisher, and podcaster, passionate about helping others achieve their best possible life!
I love people, creating, and good conversations on creativity, growth, development and entrepreneurship. So co-hosting the iCreateDaily podcast along with my daughter, Devani, is one of my favorite things to do. We both love to: create, connect and contribute.
I’ve been passionate about helping people all my life. The synergy of creating websites, articles and podcasts, brings together all my favorite things: learning, growth, creating, connecting and contributing. To share these with you is a privilege, that serves my lifelong aspiration to help others.
My personal areas of creativity are in writing, masterminding, ideation and bringing ideas to life through business and entrepreneurship.
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