Get specific about your goal. This is the start of your map, the ‘I am here’ section. Don’t say ‘I want to write a book’ its too general. Say ‘I want to write a book about Australian Native Plants’. Getting really specific helps you to outline the steps you need to take.
Draw a line from where you are now, to where you want to be – achieving your goal. Now outline the items you need and the things you need to do step by step to get to that goal. I find drawing this out on a big piece of paper the best way to get a clear image of your map. You need to break these things down into small achievable steps.
To do that you need to configure a timeline with goal dates. It’s all well and good to write down you’ll write 2000 words a day for your book only to realise you only realistically have time for maybe 200 to 500 words a day. You know your day-to-day activities better than anyone, so look at what you’re doing with your time and make time for your project. If you’re not sure how you can do this check out this post it has everything you need to know.
Now that you have your map, and some ideas on when you can work on the project make sure you set some goal dates for milestones to keep yourself on track. Real progress is only made when you act on your plans and put them into action.
Work work work! When you have a clear guide like the map we have created it’s easy to move from step to step. You may have set backs but the more you focus on each smaller step the easier it becomes.
Review and record your progress as you make it. This can also mean you need to change deadlines and timeframes if they are not working for you. That’s ok! The point of a map is to help you keep moving forward. By reviewing how your project is going you can get a much better understanding of what you have done so far.
Don’t forget to celebrate once you reach the goal! So often we move on to the next project without giving ourselves proper credit for all the hard work we have put in. Remember to take the time to congratulate yourself on a job well done!