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    Setting and achieving goals

    We're getting into new year's resolution season and I'm thinking about goal setting, especially with regards to meeting long-term goals and making lasting lifestyle changes. What works for you?

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    1. Think it.
    2. Write it down.
    3. Read it out loud.
    4. Write down, read out progress updates at regular intervals.
    5. Success.

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    Chunking. That is, break it into smaller concrete sub-goals that will lead you to achieving your ultimate goal.

    Being realistic. Achieving anything worthwhile takes a lot of time and effort. The key to getting a lot done is to start early and work steadily.

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    1) identifying my biggest vice & forcing myself to take a very long break from it. like i'm talking 6 months or so. it actually hurts to go back.
    2) making sure my goal is something i really, really want. NOT comparing myself to others. just making sure i'm not doing anything for the instant gratification of whatever's "easy" about it. once i believe in my goal, i commit to the thing long-term without telling anybody about the goal until i achieve it. i understand the reasoning behind telling other people your goals, but for me the act itself of telling others provides its own sense of gratification that's ultimately counterproductive.
    3) not having a social life beyond dating my best friend. for this i'm lucky. i wouldn't necessarily recommend this if you get sad without a social life.
    4) having an easy, reliable method of managing my tasks that i can stick to. i tried using a written planner first, and i couldn't stick with it. i've been using habitica (which has mobile & browser view) for a while now and it's really great for tracking habits and organizing tasks, so i'd personally recommend something like that.

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    just do it
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    I think I like short stints of whatever I'm trying to do. Over that time I can get pretty obsessive over it. But I'll probably forget about it and move on after a few weeks/month/year. I've found that steady efforts don't really work for me. It seems to watered down.

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    I've tried a bunch of things but I'm starting to think that picking something specific to focus on for a month at a time might be a better thing for me. Evaluate each month how things are going, and whether the focus needs to change to something else.

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    I make a schedule with self-imposed deadlines. Then I break every deadline but there is a little bit of guilt that goes along with each broken deadline. This accumulates and then eventually I do something.

    Although I often procrastinate quite a bit on the schedule-making too. . . And no this is NOT what I'm doing now. *gives stink eye*

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    Being mindful of what it takes to effectively do something and implementing.
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