I used to be a goal setting machine. I had specific goals for each area of my life - yearly, all the way down to monthly. This went on for about 15 years, until I finally admitted to myself I was deeply unhappy.
Sure, I got quite a bit done, but I felt like crap most of the time.
My goals were too optimistic. My 'perfect' plans fell apart quickly.
My motivation was high at the beginning, but quickly dipped.
I found myself in a vicious circle of constantly rewriting my goals because things changed. My planning efforts felt like a waste of time.
I struggled with competing priorities (work, health, relationships, financial etc.). I always felt so overwhelmed.
I spent a lot of time worrying about the future, which stopped me enjoying life right now.
I found myself in a rut of constant self-criticism. I beat myself up on nearly a daily basis for not tracking towards all of my goals. I wasn't much fun to be around!
Sound familiar? If so, it doesn't have to be that way.
I spent many years experimenting, until I developed a system that works. Rarely do I suffer with the above now. I'm more focused, productive and happier than I've ever been.