Goals, both long-term and short-term, motivate us to be focused and productive. However, there comes a time when prioritizing between long term and short term goals seem like a daunting task. This is especially true for work-at-home mothers who usually have their hands full almost all the time. Thus, learning how to prioritize goals properly is an important skill that will help you become a successful work at home mom. Prioritizing goals must start with identifying your long-term and short-term goals.
What are Short-Term and Long-Term Goals?
Short-term goals are those that you can realize in the near future, such as in a day, within the week or even a few months. Examples of short-term goals include finishing a pending project at work or getting done with shopping for the holidays.
Meanwhile, long-term goals are the ones that you plan to achieve over a longer period of time such as over a year, 5 years or more. Long-term goals are usually those that are meaningful give you a sense of greater purpose. An example of a long-term goal is finally starting the home-based business of your dreams.
A problem with long-term goals is that they are usually far off in the future and it will take a long time before they are achieved. As a result, staying focused on long-term goals can be challenging.
The Importance of having Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
It is important to maintain a balance between short-term and long-term goals. Have at least one short-term goal and one long-term goal at any given time. Having long-term goals is necessary but always keep in mind that you will need time before you can achieve them. It's easy to become discouraged on your long-term goals if you have no short-term goals to provide you with a sense of accomplishment.
Meanwhile, having only short-term goals and no long-term goals is not healthy either. Without a long-term goal to give you a clear focus on the future, achieved short-term goals doesn't add up to much. Having a long-term goal helps eases the burden of a tedious task while you are accomplishing a short-term goal by reminding you that there is a greater purpose.
How to Prioritize Goals
A good way to prioritize goals is to set long term goals first. This will give you a sense of direction and purpose. After you have identified and set your long-term goal, you can start making short-term goals that relate to your long-term goals. Short-term goals serve as stepping-stones towards achieving your long-term goals. They are simpler and easier to accomplish than long-term goals.
Achieving short-term goals gives you a sense of accomplishment that will help motivate you to pursue your other goals. By setting and focusing on these short-term goals and realizing them, you build momentum towards achieving your long-term plans.
Before you start setting your goals, take a few moments to list down the things that matter most to you. Writing down your goals help solidify them in your mind. Most importantly, never forget to reward yourself whenever you achieve success in any of your goals.