Setting daily goals might be one of the most important things in my mind lately. Surprisingly, I haven’t set a daily goal in years until 2 weeks ago when I decided that enough is enough and if I don’t grab the bull by its horns, I will lose it.
I have a small problem, I tend to wait for ‘the right time’ to tackle big jobs. For example, I think that I need an entire Saturday morning to empty out my closet, to purge and declutter. With that preconception, I see the task daunting and I never seem to find -or look for- the free time in my schedule.
So, a few weeks ago I started to do those tasks that I’ve been putting off (waiting for ‘the right time’ to come), by organizing 15 minutes at a time. I basically take 3 to 4 breaks of 15 minutes each throughout the day, and start getting things done.
A couple of nights ago, on laundry day, as I was putting the clean clothes away, I ripped old shirts off the hangers, grabbed some shoes and bags I have not wore in years, and tossed them in a basket. It literally took me 3 minutes. I didn’t declutter the entire closet as I wanted to, but one big bag was out the door that night and now I am a step closer to getting that closet in ship shape.
Setting Daily Goals
I believe that the more things I have in my calendar, the better I use my time, and author Robert Heinlein could not have said it better.
In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to daily acts of trivia. ~ Robert Heinlein
When you have a lot of free time, you tend to wander and become a slave of insignificant and unimportant things. To avoid this, try to set at least a couple of meaningful goals in your day.
I have a pocket-size planner that I carry in my purse. There, I write appointments, reminders, payments ( I have reminders for these everywhere, including the Mint bills app), important dates, birthdays, anniversaries, days off, vacation days, holidays and anything school and work related. But, I also need my to-do list.
This piece of paper I carry with me all the time. Here, I jot down those last-minute appointments, phone calls, commitments, and errands.
I have been doing this for years on a regular notepad. Never cared for pretty printables or fancy squares to check things off the list. However, I put a lot of hours of my days designing cards, invitations, notes and tags for my customers, and I realized that it was time to create a fancy and inspirational to-do list. Something that will set me apart from the rest and something a little more personal. And here is the final result.
In my printable, I included the usual spaces needed to write those tasks and also an inspirational quote from my favorite author Paulo Coelho*.[bctt tweet=”Start to do something. That way time will be an ally, not an enemy. Paulo Coelho”]
I reserved a small space for setting daily goals. I found out that by assigning a space for goals, held me accountable for getting more meaningful things done in my day. I didn’t want to push my luck, so I am only setting 3 daily goals for now. I took this printable for a ‘test drive’ for almost 2 weeks. I printed several proofs and switched titles around until I settled for this design. There’s plenty of room for everything.
Here are some highlights:
- The space between the lines is tall enough so you can write freely without cramming your words.
- I used happy colors based on my blog’s template, and who doesn’t love a chevron print, right?
- If you need more space…hello? It is a free printable, so download it to your computer and print it as many times as you wish, anytime! Always keep in mind my TOU.
You can download the file by clicking on the link below:
Set your daily goals, and stay tuned because I am working on more free printables to help you stay organized.
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So, how do you tackle your things to do?
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