Everyone has multiple goals in their life both personal and professional. Setting these goals and dividing the workload across the time span can make a big difference. This article gives you the goal-setting framework.
Goal Setting Framework
Sample Goal — Preparing to run a marathon
Step 1: Find your one-day average
Find how much time and effort you can put into this task if you were to only do it for one day. Try doing it for 7 days and find the average time.
For sample goal — You try running for 7 days and find out that you can run 5 km a day on average.
Step 2: 80–25 rule
Start with 80% of your one-day average to develop the habit and keep increasing by 25% after each habit cycle (21 days).
For the sample goal ( average = 5km ) :-
· Start with 4km running instead of 5km
· Move to 5 km after 21 days (25% increase in workload)
· More to 6.25km after the next 21 days (25% increase in workload) and so on
Keep on increasing workload by 25% after 21 days till you reach your ideal workload. Which in this can be running 10km every day.
Step 3: Consistency
This framework works by building stamina and develops a habit. If the person is consistent, this framework will help them achieve anything they wish.
Final Tip: Customize it for your needs
You can change the numbers of this framework to suit your needs.
The number of days to form a habit — here 21 days
The Initial slow start — here 80%
The Increase percentage — here 25%
For example — If you have 6 days to do a task worth 48 hours.
Do 6 hours a day for 2 days, 8 hours per day for the next 2 days, and 10 hours per day on the last 2 days.
If you start slow and stay consistent you can achieve any goal you want.
Most people fail because they either
· Start fast and Stop because they get tired
· Prefer bursts of workload instead of consistency
· Don’t build stamina for daily workload