There are milestones in technology and in project management - so why not to have personal milestones as well? Basically, they ensure that a specific goal is constantly kept in sight and simplify the process of reaching it. Additionally, they guarantee that you steadily evolve yourself and work focused on topics which are important for you. Truth be told, this concept is only working when you are already fundamentally motivated, goal-orientated and honest to yourself.
Like many of these topic areas, I came in contact with the milestones concept during my bachelor studies. Since then, I am using it as my central instrument of motivation.
Specify Your Milestones
First of all, you have to specify your milestones. In general, there are three different periods for which your milestones need to be defined:
- Short-term milestones (=you after 1 year)
- Medium-term milestones (=you after 5 years)
- Long-term milestones (=you after 10 years)
You do not have to rush through this step. If needed, take your time and think about your goals and interests for some days. Write down your objectives for each interval and store the note at a place where you will definitively find it again after the particular period. Needless to say that every aspect you have defined for yourself are freely eligible and can cover all possible topics and wishes. Of course, the medium- and long-term objectives can correlate with the previous short-term milestones. They should not be too straightforward to reach, otherwise, the wanted effect will not be achieved.
It was easier for me to define the personal goals as precise as possible, so the later statement - if you reached them successfully - is simple to realise. I created categories for my purposes to separate them into personality-, career- and property-related topics.
The Subsequent Evaluation
At the end of each milestone period, there is probably the most important step (next to the process reaching the goals), the final evaluation. Consequently, you check e.g. at the end of the year if you can tick the short-term milestones successfully on your list. If you could mark all of them as "done" - believe me - this is the biggest motivation for upcoming periods ever! It clearly makes you proud of oneself seeing what you have been done within the past period and that you have fulfilled your personal wishes. If I failed to reach one objective from my list, I asked myself about the reason of this failure and what I need to change in the future to achieve it the next time. This requires a lot of honest self-reflection.
We all know that a person can change his values and wishes from time to time. Therefore it is natural when you want to modify your long-term goals based on your up-to-date visions and needs. In the end, the concept of setting up personal milestones shall function as an instrument of motivation, not limit yourself.
Perhaps I inspired you with this short article again and some of you will give it a try.
I wish you success in setting up and reaching your personalised goals! See you then! ;)