Tuesday, December 29, 2009

3 Ways To Make 2010 the Best Year Ever - Part Two

It may be the antidepressants talking, but I'm feeling somewhat optimistic about 2010

Yesterday I talked about the Etsy Goal Spreadsheet, and the importance of setting and tracking goals.
Okay, you've got goals. Now what?
If you're anything like me, you probably have more goals and ideas than you know what to do with. And maybe you follow through isn't *ahem* always the best. (Or is that just me?) I've found that simply writing these goals down on my to do list does not get them done. They're too big and overwhelming. So I took a page from traditional project planning but made it less boring and easier. You need to get the goal out of your head, onto paper, and then one more thing. You've got to break it down into do-able steps.
Enter the Project Planning Worksheet. Don't let the capital letters fool you, this is simple.

Here's what you do.
□ In the Project line, write down your goal/project/thing you want to do.
□ In the Description line, write down (briefly) your idea for the end product/effect/what you hope to accomplish.
□ In the Steps section, you start breaking it down. What is the first thing you would need to do to accomplish this? What's the second? And so on. It might help to work your way backwards if you have no idea. (i.e. start from the end project and work your way in steps back to the beginning.) Try to make each step a do-able chunk: something you could put down on your calendar/to-do list and actually accomplish.

Click here to download the Project Planning Worksheet.
When the new window pops up, click on Download (At the top left of the page). Then print it out & use it! As always, feel free to print & share & forward willy nilly, but tell 'em http://chickenpants.net made it.


Sarah Ranes said...

I'm bookmarking this so I can read latter.

DitsyBird said...

you are just what the doctor ordered!! all these handy documents for us to use with amusing little comments in the instructions...funny AND useful - you can't say that very often!
thanks so much - I feel inspired and cheered and this type usually feels like work and usually make me feel daunted! x

Absolutely Small said...

Aw, thanks so much! ^-^

Ditsy Bird said...

Yay! Just finished setting up my Project Sheets for 2010. Been meaning to do it all day but what the hey, I did it before bedtime! Feel all chuffed with myself and ready to rock and roll (well paint and sew at least) so thanks again!!!! PS procrastination is on my New Year Resolutions list but I'll get to it later hee hee :)

Absolutely Small said...

Awesome! Go, you!


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