A goal should be grounded within a time frame. A goal must have a target date. Commitment to deadlines helps you to focus their efforts on completion of the goal on or before the due date. Goals without deadlines or schedules for completion tend to be overtaken by the day-to-day crises that invariably arise during your day. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency.
To set a timely goal you must answer the “W” question:
• When: Establish a time frame.
If you want to accomplish a goal, when do you want to accomplish it by? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by January 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal. A deadline too far in the future is too easily put off. A goal that’s set too close is not only unrealistic, it’s discouraging. Long-term goals are simply a description of what you want for yourself in the future — say about 3 to 5 years out.
Set short-term goals to reach that plan.
• What can I do 6 months from now?
• What can I do 6 weeks from now?
• What can I do today?