So I started keeping a journal based on the "pick four things" principal of achieving goals.
Essentially you pick your goals and every day you write about what you have achieved or how you worked towards a successful outcome of those goals.
My goals are:
- Be More Focussed
- Reach a healthy weight of 95KG.
- Pay off the mortgage
I have reasons for each of these goals (which are incidentally stored in Evernote) that detail why I want to achieve them. I review that note every week.
I’ll be writing the journal every day, for 12 weeks. I don’t expect to attain the goals in 12 weeks, some of them, particularly the mortgage, are very long term (5-10 years). However - this is about getting me into the habit of working on those goals, rather than them being far distant, nice to have, nebulous “things”.
I'm using Day One software for the journal itself, written in Markdown syntax. I’ve rigged Day One to remind me once a day to write the post and the journal is accessible from all my devices.
For extra lazy points I’ve written a Text Expander snippet which you can download which asks me three questions, one about each goal.