12358 #005 — Micro-Goals: Breaking down goals into smaller tasks

Micro-Goals: Breaking down goals into smaller tasks

Hope you’re having a good day so far. You know what they say, “fail to plan, plan to fail.” And let’s be real, who couldn’t use a little help in the planning department?

That’s why I wanted to share this newsletter with you.

It’s packed with all sorts of goodies to help you break down your big goals into manageable micro-goals, and even tips for self-improvement in health, relationships, and life in general. Plus, with all the mega threats out there, it’s always a good idea to be prepared. This newsletter has got you covered on that front too, with insights on what we can do to prevent or prepare for them. And for the cherry on top, there are even a few stoic verses to think about and expert snippets to keep you on your toes.

So, go ahead and forward this along to your family, friends, and colleagues, because who couldn’t use a little productivity boost in their day?

Breaking down goals into smaller tasks

It is a great way to make sure you’re making progress and staying on track. Here’s a simple method you can use to do it:

  • Start by identifying your main goal. This is the big, overarching thing you want to achieve.
  • Next, think about all the different steps or tasks that you need to do in order to achieve that goal. These are your micro-goals.
  • For each task, ask yourself: “What is the one thing I need to do in order to achieve this goal?” This is your action step.
  • Finally, set a deadline for each action step. This will help you stay accountable and on track.

Let’s say your main goal is to start your own business. Your tasks might include things like researching different business models, developing a business plan, finding funding, and building a website. Each of these tasks would have its own action step and deadline.

It’s also a good idea to review your progress regularly and adjust your micro-goals and deadlines as needed.

Be patient with yourself, it takes time to break down your goals and set action steps, but it will make it much easier to achieve your goal.

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Choose not to be harmed — and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed — and you haven’t been — Epictetus

If you are in a competitive work environment where colleagues are vying for the same promotion. It can be easy to feel harmed by their success or to compare yourself to them negatively. However, we have the power to choose our own perspective and to focus on our own progress and growth, rather than dwelling on what others are doing.

What can you do?

  • Set clear, specific, and measurable goals related to skills or promotions
  • Actively seek out opportunities for learning and growth such as new projects, workshops, or networking
  • Stay motivated and focused on your goals even when faced with obstacles or setbacks
  • Seek out a mentor or coach for guidance and support when feeling stuck or unmotivated

The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way — Marcus Aurelius

If you’re struggling to make healthy lifestyle choices because you feel like you don’t have enough time. Rather than seeing this as an obstacle, you can instead view it as an opportunity to prioritize your health and make time for it.

What can you do?

  • Set specific, measurable, and attainable goals for your health
  • Find ways to make healthy choices more convenient for you

Our values and beliefs shape our life and the way we handle them.

It is not things themselves that disturb people, but their judgments about these things — Epictetus

If you’re feeling stressed about a deadline at work. The deadline itself isn’t inherently distressing, but it’s your judgment about the deadline (e.g. “I’m going to fail if I don’t meet this deadline”) that’s causing you stress.

What can you do?

  • Practice mindfulness and focus on the present moment
  • Challenge negative thoughts and judgments
  • Set realistic goals and break them down into smaller tasks
  • Take care of yourself physically and mentally
  • Be patient and celebrate small wins
  • Be kind to yourself

The power of our perspective and choices plays a significant role in how we perceive and react to situations. By setting clear goals, actively seeking opportunities for growth, and being mindful of our thoughts and judgments, we can choose not to be harmed and instead focus on our own progress and well-being.

Remember, by shifting our perspective and embracing obstacles as opportunities, we can overcome any challenge and make progress toward our goals.

Life is full of risks, like playing a game of chance or trying a new recipe

Some people are scared to take risks, but it’s important to remember that the more risks we take, the better we get at dealing with them.

Right now, the world is facing big problems like losing money, losing jobs, and bad living conditions because of climate change. These problems are very dangerous and can hurt a lot of people. It’s important to understand these problems and take action now to solve them.

These problems can also be an opportunity for us to come up with new ideas and work together as a global community. It’s important to act now and not wait because time will not help us solve these big problems. So, here are the 5 key takeaways from the book “Megathreats” by Nouriel Roubini that I have related to career, growth, health, relationship, and quality of life.

  1. Be proactive and take action to address global issues, rather than wait for them to happen. This mindset can be applied to your career as well. Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you, actively seek them out and create them for yourself. This can help you achieve your professional goals and advance in your career.
  2. Collaborate and work together to solve global problems. This can also be applied to your career. Building strong relationships and networking with others in your industry can help you learn new skills, gain new perspectives and open doors to new opportunities.
  3. Think long-term and take a holistic approach to address global issues. This can also be applied to your personal growth. Instead of focusing on short-term gains, think about your long-term goals and develop a plan to achieve them. This can help you make progress in areas such as education, personal finance, and physical and mental health.
  4. Take bold actions to mitigate and solve problems, and the same applies to our health. Taking care of our physical and mental health is essential for living a fulfilling life. This can include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and taking care of our mental health.
  5. Create a more inclusive and equitable global system. This can also be applied to our relationships. Building strong, healthy relationships with others is important for our well-being and happiness. It’s essential to be open-minded and inclusive in our relationships and to work to create a sense of value and fairness in our interactions with others.

Overall, the book emphasizes the importance of being proactive, thinking long-term, working together, and taking care of our health and well-being. These are all important principles that can be applied to career development, personal growth, health, relationships, and quality of life.

Snippets from the experts

  • Because status can’t be chased directly, we chase virtue — Naval
  • When we accept that we can’t influence what happens around us, but how we respond to it. We’re bound for true greatness — Tony Robbins
  • When you show up with love, everyone you interact with can feel it — Simon Sinek
  • In war, as in life, understanding your enemy is key. Learn their strengths and weaknesses, motivations, and intentions — Robert Greene
  • It’s the tough times that help us grow and become stronger. Don’t shy away from challenges, embrace them — Brian Tracy
  • Every time you’re angry about someone’s success and want to write a shitty comment to them, just send someone you admire else a really nice note instead. You’ll feel better, grow faster, and have an insane network — Justin Welsh
  • I rather risk it all, lost it all, then win it all, than sit on the sidelines wondering, “What if?” Experience the pain of defeat. The taste of victory. The days when you want to give up, but get back up anyway. I couldn’t imagine going through life without passion — Sonder
  • The best way to know if something is a good idea or not is to just go ahead and start working on it. It could succeed. Or it could fail and you learn from it. Either way: you’re ahead — Mark Manson

What have you learned from this 12358 newsletter today?

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By Joy de Guzman

Joy de Guzman is a freelancer and blogger who writes about productivity and self-improvement. Joy is the founder and editor of Plus63Media, a one-person media business that focuses on productivity, consistency, and result.

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