Take a look at your list of goals. How many of the tasks you intend to do today
contribute to accomplishing the goals you have set for yourself? Are you actively working on these goals? Are you
putting any of them off for a later time? What would you have to change in your life to make it possible to work on
Sub-dividing those goals into manageable pieces can help. Once you have a set
of goals, it is useful to decompose the goals into manageable steps or sub-goals. Decomposing your goals makes it
possible to tackle them one small step at a time and to reduce procrastination.
Consider for instance the goal of obtaining your degree. This goal can be broken
down into four sub-goals. Each sub-goal is the successful completion of one year of your program. These sub-goals
can be further broken down into individual courses within each year. The courses can be broken down into tests,
exams, term papers and such within the course or into the 13 weeks of classes in each
Each week can be further subdivided into days, and each day can be thought of in terms of the hours and minutes
you'll spend in your classes and doing homework for today.
While it may seem challenging to take in the whole scope of that convergent goal,
thinking of your goals in this way helps to reinforce the idea that there is a connected path linking what actions
you take today and the successful completion of your goals. Seeing these connections can help you monitor your own
progress and detect whether you are on track or not. Take some time now to think through the goals you've set and
to break them down into their smaller constituent parts.