Real Estate Agent with Innovative Realty Solutions Group BK3158345

If you want to accomplish your goals for the new year, you must stay focused!  Without focus on the end goal, you will not likely accomplish very must or how will you know when you've met your goal?

1.  Set SMART goals.

  • Specific.  What exactly do you want to accomplish.  
  • Measurable.  How will you keep track of your progress?
  • Achievable.  Be realistic. Make sure you can accomplish the goal within the timeframe for completion.
  • Relevant.  Be sure it fits the overall plan.
  • Timely.  When do it need to be completed?

  I will lose weight in 2022 is not a SMART goal.

  I will lose 100 lbs by March 31. 2002 is not a SMART goal.

  I will lost 5 lbs by March 31, 2022 is a SMART Goal if written in early January.  It is specific and measurable and is achievable within the time frame.  If your big picture to lose 100 lbs, by chunking the pounds into a small goal, you are more likely to meet your end goal.  

2.  Limit distractions.

  • Move to a separate room, if possible.  Shut the door.  Put a note on a door.
  • Turn off your phone.  Set time during the date for phone activity.
  • Ask family members to not interrupt you while working.  Put a not on the door.
  • Shut down unnecessary apps on your computer to limit pop ups.

3.  Make a to-do list.

  • I use a spiral book.  I list the days of the week on the left and list tasks that have to be done on that specific day.  I draw a line down the middle and use the right side for things I would like to do that week.  The top part of the list consists of business tasks.  The bottom part of the list contains personal tasks.  This keeps me focused each day.  If I complete my daily tasks, I can go to the right side and grab tasks that can be completed anytime during the week in whatever time frame I have available.
  • Cross things off the list as they are completed. 

Having a written plan for the week helps me get things done during my week.

Specific goals help you break down a large task into smaller, manageable tasks.  This makes it easier for you to get the job done in the least amount of time with the least amount of stress.

Let's start with these three.  I will do another list in the future so you can continue to find ways to focus with increased productivity in mind.


My book with my task lists for the week.  It's simply, easy and I can cross off as I go through my week what's been done or easily add items or move items.  I'm old, so I like paper for this planner.  I've been using this since I was in middle school and I'm in my 70th year of life!  Don't laugh.




Comments (9)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dee- I'm in my 70s and as much as I like technology, there are times when I need to make a ToDo list using paper. I also agree that you have to make your goals measurable. 

Jan 05, 2022 06:09 PM
Dee Toohey

It must be an age thing...

Or we learned to organize ourselves on paper and it works for us so why change it.  

Have a great year!!

Jan 06, 2022 07:46 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jan 08, 2022 07:14 PM
Dee Toohey

Thank you, Kathy Streib 

Jan 10, 2022 11:14 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dee. When you take your eyes off the road you are likely to encounter an unexpected detour. Reassess regularly. Enjoy your day.

Jan 09, 2022 04:54 AM
Dee Toohey

Reassessment regularly is critical.  If you are off track, you can get back on track!  


Jan 10, 2022 11:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dee - finding what works well for you is always important.  Happy New Year - I think it's okay to continue wishing that throughout January.  

Jan 09, 2022 05:43 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Resolutions are not easy and do take great focus and discipline.  Keeping it real is the key and then staying committed

Jan 09, 2022 07:05 AM
Dee Toohey

And keep it easy.  

Jan 10, 2022 11:13 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dee - that is well said.  The SMART goal is one that is focused.

Jan 09, 2022 07:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you for lots of great advice and suggestions, Dee. I keep a written To Do List  - I like crossing off stuff as I complete it, whether personal or business.


Jan 09, 2022 04:27 PM
Dee Toohey

I do the same, Jeff Dowler, CRS .   It works well for me.


Jan 10, 2022 11:12 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

In so many areas of life, who we are is determined by how we think. Sometimes it can be that simple

Jan 09, 2022 11:05 PM
Dee Toohey

Laura Cerrano, Yes!!  Don't overcomplicate things.   

Jan 10, 2022 11:12 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

Good, it is DONE I have completed my Goal!

My SMART goal for 2022.

  • Specific.  Lose 120 pounds.  
  • Measurable.  By checking my bathroom scale.
  • Achievable.  Many people don't think I am capable of this, but I have a PLAN.
  • Relevant.  The title of your blog is "Focus!"  I have A.D.D. so not sure I can comply.  It is a worthwhile goal though.
  • Timely. Yes, this is important as obesity leads to lots of other heath issues!  Do this immediately!

Wait - What?  How did you drop from 220 pounds down to only 100?

Easy:  I went metric.  Now, I only weigh 100 (kilos).

Happy New Year!

Jan 13, 2022 05:40 AM