How to align goals, projects and tasks

Mission, Roles, Goals, Projects, Tasks

Let’s assume you have created a written mission statement. You described how you want to be in a certain private, public or professional area of your live. You identified core values and behaviours with which you fulfil these roles.

Internalizing Goals

Internalizing goals means to “live and breathe” your goals. You have them available in your consciousness all the time. When you think about them, you see a picture, you see yourself doing things that bring you one step closer to achieving this goal.

  • Attractiveness: Find a visual representation of your goals that you really like to with. Use icons and a language that empowers you in achieving your goals, like very specific icons.
  • Availability: Find a place you see several times a day to be reminded of your goals. This can be a notebook you daily check, an app you daily use, post-it’s on your desk.
  • Integration: Make it painlessly simple to link your goals to your system of creating projects and tasks. When you work on paper, write the goal that you are addressing with a set of tasks at the top. When you work with an app, add a hashtag or icon for your goal to the list.

Create & keep Alignment

Once you internalized your goals, you need to keep your concrete actions and goals aligned. Think like that: The energy that you invested into creating your future self would be wasted if you can not find the energy to maintain this alignment. To make this as effortless as possible, create simple habits based on these principles. Habits are best formulated with a concrete trigger and action, for example like this:

  • Every morning, after brushing my teeth and get dressed, I review my goal notebook
  • After lunch time, I take 15 minutes to journal what I contributed to my goals today
  • At my weekly review, I identify one concrete next project that helps me to progress towards my goals

Conclusion

The effort is worth the reward. If you have this compass all the time present, if you have the landscape always present, then you can do and act in alignment with your long-term goals. The landscape is the set of mission, roles, goals and projects. Keep them with you, all the time. The compass are your processes of staying aligned with your goals, move with them on a daily basis.

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