I was not one for making list. Lists were for people who could not remember what they wanted. I was different. I could remember and take action. Sure, there were the occasional second trips to the grocery store because I forgot to pick something up. "To do" list and task list were for other people.
Every book (or blog) I've read about goals stressed writing them down. I thought I was the exception. I thought thinking about my goals and tacking action was more than enough. There was no need to write it down.
I was wrong.
I was not really making progress on my goals. Heck, I did not really have goals – I had vague notions about what I wanted to accomplish – nothing really specific. I was tired of looking back at the end of the year and being no closer to my vague unwritten goals than the year before. This year in January, I decided to write my goals down on paper. I planned my day based on my written goals. I reviewed my goals and checked them off. As they were accomplished, I wrote new goals. The progress made this year is tremendous. It really is as simple as every else states it - write your goals down.
As the year draws to a close, I am developing my goals for 2011 and my plans to accomplish them.