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Steps# 3…Assign a Time Frame

Every goal needs a time frame. In this step, we will review each goal from the Goal-Storming Form and assign a reasonable time frame. Some goals are accomplished in a day. Others take a week or a month. Many require years or a lifetime to fulfill.

When we set a time frame, we must be definitive. Words like someday, one day, or maybe are not defining terms. Eliminate those wishy-washy words! Pause and consider several factors that could influence the achievement of it:

  • How much time and energy can I devote to it?
  • What priority will this particular target have in relation to the rest of my life?
  • What resources do I need to help?
  • Are there any obstacles that might get in the way?
  • Do I need advice from a professional?

As we consider each of our Goal-Storming goals, we will assign a time frame to each. We want to begin thinking in tangible blocks of time. Our targets fall into one of four classifications: daily, weekly, yearly, or lifelong.

Daily Goals…The simplest type is a daily goal. These are set and met on a regular basis. They require day-to-day attention and include such things as… Exercise…walk thirty minutes a day. Bible reading…read three chapters of the Bible every day. Work-related tasks…read and answer emails by 10 am.

Short-Term Goals…These are goals are realized within weeks, months, even up to a year. They include such things as… Read two books per month. Save 10% of my income. Make weekly phone calls to family members. Long-Term Goals

Long-Term Goals…Long-term goals require an extended period of time, from one to five years. Most of us need more of these long-range targets to capture our imagination and motivate us towards future endeavors. These might include… Earn a college degree Save for an Alaskan cruise Run a marathon.

Lifetime Goals…These goals are met throughout an entire life. They define our life and direct our decisions. Sometimes these are specific and long-range like… Write 10 books, leave $100,000 to each of my grandchildren.

Look at each of the goals written down on the Goal-Storming Form. Label each as D for daily, S for short-term, L for long-term, and LT for lifetime goals. Write your designation under the “Time Frame” column beside each goal.

Step #4…Prioritize Your Goals

Transfer all of the goals from your Goal-Storming Form to each Life System Page according to their category.

Example using Physical goals:

  • Lifetime…maintain a healthy body
  • Long-term…run a marathon
  • Short-term…jog five times a week
  • Daily…drink 8 glasses of water a day
  • Write these on the Physical Life System Page.

Write down each separate goal according to its time frame on the matching Life System Page.

Examine each category and decide which of them will be tackled within the next year. Try to pick at least one or two from each Life System so there is balance to your life. Circle

Circle, star, or mark your choices on the page. You may also want to break the long-term goals into short-term segments. For example, if you wanted to earn a college degree this year you could apply, take an entrance exam, set aside funding, and target a date to begin your studies.

This method is simple, but it does require some extra work. In the end, you will have a detailed, hands-on map for the future. A little effort now will pay great dividends down the road. You will be able to reference your plan, tweak it, and check off each goal as it is met.

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