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GTD: How to choose achievable goals – Lifehacker

Posted by cascadehush on October 20, 2006

How to choose achievable goals – Lifehacker:

There’s a tendency for people to fanatically over-plan their goals. This creates a sort of smokescreen that helps hide the fact that you’re not actually doing anything. I’ve been guilty of this for many goals, until I eventually found out that there was a tangible sense of relief from removing goals that I didn’t want to do, but merely wanted to want to do. Most goals don’t need a list of next actions, progress meters, line graphs, and customizable excel spreadsheets. Really! The sign of an achievable goal is that it wants to be worked on immediately.

Food for thought for those of us who are trying to find that useful balance between planning and acting, deciding and doing.

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