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How to achieve your big goals in life with the Trello app, Part 1/4 - The Basics

As an entrepreneur and leader, you should clearly formulate your goals and have them in mind. Because 'If you don't have goals yourself, you always work for the goals of others', the author and personality development expert Brian Tracy already knew.

This is exactly what this small series on life planning, goal setting and goal attainment is all about. And anyone who has been following my blog for a long time knows that I'm a big fan of a life plan.

Because just by creating a life plan and writing down your dreams and goals in life, you program yourself and your subconscious. You get the confidence and the courage to tackle these dreams and make them come true.

With the life plan I try to give my everyday life a rough direction, to prioritize the important things and to focus myself personally.

The life plan, a navigation system for life

This kind of goal setting and planning has helped me tremendously. Otherwise, I would have surely lost a lot of very important things in the daily mess of jostling obligations and the otherwise usual madness.

I kept my life plan in Evernote and the regular biannual review always made me feel good. So far so good.

The life plan in Trello

But this prose-based concept lacked the concrete and also the clarity. Here I have always wanted something more practical, more tangible and, above all, easier to use.

In this context, I became aware of an article by Keith Gutierrez. He introduces the pursuit of his life goals and a kind of life planning with the Trello app.

The idea and the concept behind it fascinated me, so on my last break I started my own planning straight away.

Keith's concept came across as a bit too American and superficial to me, so I adapted and expanded it a little here and there. The result is my own goal achievement and life plan board in Trello and I think it's so great that I would like to introduce it to you.

If you are new to Trello, no problem. Here are the articles I've written about Trello so far:

  1. Video tutorial: Introduction to the organizational wonder Trello
  2. 6 reasons why you should use Trello to organize your team
  3. Well organized with Trello: a practical example with video

The basic rules of goal setting

First of all, something general about goals. But fear not, I am not going to go into a biblical exposition about goal setting and attainment here. I would just like to remind you of what I consider to be four essential points:

1. Think big

Only large and demanding goals can inspire you and motivate you in the long term.

It is also important to be clear about the reason for the goal, the 'why'. This can be extremely helpful in motivating people later on and you can always use that.


Many of you should be familiar with this, but I would like to go into it again briefly.

Goals should be SMART, i.e.

S - specific
The goals should be described in as much detail and as sharply as possible.
Not like this: take more vacation
Better: Three weeks of summer vacation in Ireland

M - Measurable
The American knows: 'What’s measured, gets done'. It should be the same with our objectives. Goals should always be formulated in a measurable way.
Not like this: reduce weight
Better: lose 10 kg

A - active
Goals must be actively designed and also described.
Not like this: move more
Better: cycling 50 km twice a week

R - Realistic
With everything 'think big', however, the goals should always be realizable.
Not like that: regular place at FC Bayern Munich
Better: Regular place in the 2nd men's team of FC Stolperheide

T - Terminated
Every goal needs a clear deadline, by when the goal should be achieved.
Not like this: run a half marathon
Better: run the half marathon until June 30th, 2015

3. Put the goals in writing

According to a study by psychologist Gail Matthews, professor at the University of California, writing goals increases the likelihood of achieving goals by 42%.

Once you have to formulate and write down the goals, a lot becomes clearer to you. In addition, you gain confidence and program your subconscious towards the goal.

And for this very reason I can only warmly recommend a written life plan to everyone.

4. Balance the goals

Don't just focus your life plan on your business or entrepreneurial success. See yourself as a whole person and include your personal, private and family areas in your life plan.

That is exactly what I was missing from Keith's examples. With the life plan Trello board I created, balancing shouldn't be a problem, because you always have an overview of everything.

So that was a short, more theoretical introduction. In the second part, things get specific and start doing.

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