Are you disappointed in what you are accomplishing? You are not alone. Do you set out on January 1, with lots of new goals for the year, only to realize that by January 2, you probably won't accomplish them? Another disappointment…..but it doesn't have to be that way.

Whether it is "New Year Resolutions" or business or personal goals you can learn how to achieve more, by setting realistic goals and developing habits that will enable you to accomplish your goals.

Do a personal or business "Gap Analysis"? Answer: What would you like to achieve or accomplish in the future? The future can be a day, a week, a month, a year or 5 years. What do you need to do to be able to be successful? It is wonderful to have long range goals as long as you have short range goals to reach to help you hit your long range target. Start by wanting to read more.

Believe in setting 'SMART" goals, which means they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timebound. Define exactly what you want to accomplish. Don't use vague words or generalizations. Break down your goal into small specific tasks that will help you achieve the ultimate result. Write down your goals. Written goals are more likely to be attained. Tell people about your goals. If you need help to accomplish your goals, ask people who can help you to achieve them for their assistance.

Create a list of everything you need to do to achieve your goal. Set specific time tables for everything on your list. For example, if you want to accomplish something in one week, what do you need to do each day that will lead to accomplishing the entire project. As you are successful each day, you are working towards seeing the total project accomplished and reaching your goal. Be as specific as possible in creating your "to do" list. Create realistic target dates for everything you do. Don't set yourself up to fail, by expecting to do something in an 'unrealistic' amount of time. That will leave you with a feeling of failure and that will impact everything else you try to accomplish.

Set yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily goals. Use a daily planner so you can write down what you want to do. As you tackle each activity cross it off of the to do list. At the end of the day, look at all you have accomplished in your day.

Make sure to focus your time on what is essential to accomplish what is on your daily planner. Be open to new ways to accomplish everything you do. Constantly ask yourself, "Is there a better way to accomplish what I am doing, to save time, energy or money?"

Complete one task at a time. People mistakenly believe that they can be effective multi-tasking. Doing multiple tasks at the same time, has been found to cause the brain to divide its concentration, therefore some of the activities are not getting done as well as they could be.

Learn what distracts you and robs you of valuable time to complete other things. Avoid people who can become distractions and get in the way of completing what you have set out to do.

Reward yourself when a project or accomplishment is completed. Working hard and working S.M.A. R. T. go hand in hand to help you be successful.