When we try to do something new, we might have no idea on how long or how hard it is to do it. Thus, to set a reasonable goal with a time limit seems impossible.
For example: If you’ve never made money online, then it is hard to create an estimation on how long it takes to reach a certain amount of income.
But create one anyway.
The reason is whether you’ll achieve it or not, you’ll have your first benchmark. At this point, you could recalculate and readjust:
- You might want to aim lower or higher.
- You could search for strategies to achieve your target
- You may want to dig the causes of your failure or achievement and fix it or make it better.
Over time, you’ll gain data and experience to reach your target. And you’ll become better in setting reasonable and achievable goal.
Now, one important think I would like to say. Setting a time frame into your goal could bring the pressure into the game. Sometimes you feel the goal is bigger than your abilities. This is when you need to learn strategies.
For example, in my previous AdSense Experiment I set a goal of publishing 1000 posts within 3 months. That means I have to write around 13 posts per day. But after doing it, I realized I can’t do it.
At this point, I may lower my target, maybe to 4 posts per day. But the experiment will go longer. Then I decided I don’t want to spend more than 3 months, and I want to go even faster. Here’s where I need a strategy.
If I use the way I did before, I’ll never achieve the goal. So I changed my approach. After that I can publish between 30 to over 100 posts each day and I finished the experiment in 20 days.
If you want to know how I did it, you can read the post here.
The takeaway lesson is, set a goal and the time limit and get your first, second, third benchmark, and so on. Learn and use strategies, especially when the odds are against you.