Once you’ve finished your goal setting,  the next logical step is figuring out how to accomplish them. This is also known as defining your scope; in other words, figuring out what projects and activities you’ll need to undertake to convert your goals into reality.

A simple way to do this is to brainstorm all the things you can do that will help you advance toward your goals. It’s important to think at the project level, rather than the task level. A project involves several steps and can take anywhere from a few days to several months. At this point in the process, you want to think very high level; don’t concern yourself with individual tasks and details, just the “big picture” items that need to be accomplished.

Do this for each of your goals. You may find that each goal has generated anywhere from one to five projects. If you have three goals, you may have anywhere from three to 15 projects for the year. Some of the projects may advance more than one goal; that’s normal and not a cause for concern. The important thing is just figuring out what they are and getting them captured in some format. Below is one example for someone who has set a goal of selling more jewelry online:

Project Definition

Again, don’t try to do this in one sitting. Jot this stuff down, let it sit for a week and come back to it later to review it and see if it still makes sense.

If you feel like it, share some of the projects you’ve defined in the comments.

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