When you have a goal, it's important that you constantly keep your head up to make sure that you're not getting lost in the day to day grind. It's so easy to fall into the trap of just DOING. Instead, you need to keep a sense of what it is you're really aiming for, and what are the important tasks that will allow you to get there. Here are 5 ways you can do that:
1. Write your "Chief Aim" in a journal. Your Chief Aim is your goal, tangible or intangible; it could be an object, an amount of money, or a certain state of being. Whatever it is, write it down. And every morning, read it aloud to yourself, and every night, read it aloud again right before you go to bed. (I once did this every day for a year straight, and it had massive effects on my growth as a person.)
2. Keep a To Do list with you at all times, divided into 4 categories: What is most important, what is moderately important, what can be postponed, and what has no deadline whatsoever. This will help you see more clearly where your time can be best spent.
3. Share your goals with someone who will keep you accountable. Someone you see several times a week and who, if they call you out, you will listen and act. Everybody needs a training partner.
4. At the end of every week, reflect over the past 7 days and look at what you've accomplished. Could your process have been improved? How? Where did you waste time and where did you succeed? Ask yourself these tough questions to constantly find ways to improve. And remember to always compare progress back towards your Chief Aim.
5. Every Sunday, map out the next week. Set goals and deadlines for yourself. Lay out tasks for what you need to get accomplished. Schedule your time appropriately. You should go into the week with more than 50% of your time allocated to the things that will get you closest to your Chief Aim. That is first priority. Everything else comes second.