August 12

Get Shit Done: Setting And Achieving Your Goals

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Have you ever looked at a successful entrepreneur or someone super productive and thought, “WOW, they get shit done”.  Ultimately, it boils down to one thing: planning. Without a plan in place, it’s easy to waste time and end up wondering where your day went.

That’s where the get shit done framework comes into play. In this article, we’ll explore the get shit done framework and what you need to do to start utilizing it so you can get more out of your day.

Before You Start

Here’s a brief overview of some key tips and advice you need to take to heart in order to be as productive as possible.

  • Look ahead: Every plan must start with a clearly defined goal, or else what are you working to achieve? This will be known as your “outcome goal” and you need to make sure it is measurable and realistic.
  • Break it down: You’ll quickly lose track of your work and become discouraged if you just set one big outcome goal and try to find your way towards it. Your big goal has to be broken down into smaller goals.
  • Plan it out: Along with the smaller goals you set, you should define metrics to ensure you’re hitting your benchmarks along the way. Those metrics could be inches lost, speed, money earned, and so on.
  • Opt for short-term: Setting a big goal a year out is a plan for failure. While you might have big goals far off in the future, your plan for now should be to define a goal that you can meet in about 13 weeks. That’s one quarter of the year.

With this advice, you should be ready to proceed with your own plan to get shit done. Let’s go!

Set an Outcome Goal

There’s no point in planning unless you know where you want that plan to take you, which is why you should kick things off by setting an outcome goal. In the goal setting process, your outcome goal is your ultimate goal. It’s the big thing you’re working to achieve in the next few months and one of the 3 types of goals you can set.

Examples of outcome goals include winning a race, increasing revenue by so much, dropping so many pounds, etc. These goals should be SMART, meaning they are Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-bound.

If you’re questioning if your goal meets all of these aspects, it can help to plan out the goal.

For instance, if you set an outcome goal of losing 50 pounds in 2 months and then you try to plan that over the next 8 weeks, you’ll come up with a weekly performance goal of about 6 pounds per week. That’s a lot, so you really need to look at major lifestyle and dietary changes (and speak to your medical professional) to decide if it’s achievable.

Once you have found an outcome goal that passes the SMART test, it’s time to really dig into your plan and come up with performance and process goals, too.

Create A Plan

With your outcome goal at the end of your 13-week timeline, it’s time to work backwards and set performance goals and process goals to help you meet it. It’s best to have performance goals that go week-by-week, meaning you should come up with about 12 in total. Your final performance goal should be your outcome goal or ready you for achieving your outcome goal.

For instance, if your outcome goal is to win a race, your first performance goal may be to run a 5k in 30 minutes. The next week, you may try to run a 5k in 29 minutes, and so on, gradually pushing yourself to run faster until you’ve hit the time marker of your final goal, which may be to run a 5k in 17 minutes. This outcome goal means shaving about 1 minute per week off your time.

Now, to hit your performance goals, you should take your plan a step further and define process goals. Your process goals define how you need to change and/or what you need to do to accomplish your performance goals each week. For instance, in your first week, your process goal might be focused on upping your protein intake by drinking one shake each morning.


Focus

With your plan in front of you, now it’s time to get into the fun part: making progress! This takes focus, and it’s a good idea to sit down and get in the right mindset before you officially put your plan into action.

There’s plenty of advice out there regarding how you can get yourself motivated to reach a goal. Ultimately, everyone has different ways of approaching things, so you need to figure out what’s best for you.

Many people are very visual, so finding a way to visually display your outcome goal and maybe the timeline to reach your outcome goal somewhere where you work or train would be ideal. In addition, you may find it helpful to set reminders on your phone or use other methods to keep you on track.

If your goal involves losing weight, putting notes on the fridge might be a quick deterrent if you have a moment of weakness where you’re about to get off track. Better yet, if you’re able to remove temptations all together, that will prove the most effective, at least when you’re first starting out.

Get Shit Done

With your mind in the right place, it’s time to get to it. You need to keep your plan, process goals, performance goals, and ultimate outcome goal front-and-center, both mentally and in your physical space.

Depending on how much time out of your day your goals will take, you may find it valuable to set aside a defined slot in your schedule to work towards these goals. This may not be the only time you spend on your goals throughout the day, but doing this enables you to make your progress a habit and it ensures you spend at least a minimum amount of time working towards your goal each day.

On the other hand, if you are always pressed for time, maybe your best option is to find ways to work being productive into your normal routine by making lifestyle changes. For instance, if you’re trying to lose weight, you can make one process goal “cycling to work twice a week” so that you can get in even more exercise while ultimately doing something that helps you meet other priorities.

This is where you should sit down and really think about how your goals can best be implemented into your life. It’s also helpful to ask others and get inspiration from successful people and role models. See how they have gone about goal setting and see if you can adopt any of their practices and apply them to your lifestyle.

Set Yourself Up For Success

At the end of the day, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to setting and achieving goals. What you need is a basic framework, like we have given you here, that you can play around with until you find what works for you. But, some universal rules that you should try to follow would include setting short-term goals. After all, doing so has proven to be the most effective way to see progress and get shit done.

Beyond that, you should be extra sure that every goal you set (be it a process, performance, or outcome goal) meets the SMART formula. If you have any doubt about a goal’s achievability, you need to sit down and rethink it. Don’t set yourself up for failure by creating a goal that will simply be impossible to achieve.

When we say set yourself up for success, we mean it. By properly planning out your goals, you can avoid all the common pitfalls that stop many people in their tracks. Proper planning will also ensure that you can put that plan into action, avoiding procrastination and avoiding discouragement from realizing halfway through that your plan and/or goals simply aren’t working.

So long as you do your due diligence when planning, you’ll be able to create a goal and plan that works for you and your lifestyle and, ultimately, that’s exactly what you need. By customizing your approach to your own tendencies, you’ll find your goals are effortlessly accomplished one after the other.


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