They say that a goal without a plan is just a wish and I totally agree with that. However, I would add to this statement that if you want to succeed in life you need to learn how to set proper goals and how to design a strategic action plan to actually achieve them. Because most people try to achieve something and they fail not because they lack skills, knowledge or expertise but because they lack a clear vision of what they exactly want to achieve. That’s crazy, right? You need to know exactly what you want to achieve, how you’re gonna do that and estimate the time it will take to complete the tasks. In other words, you need to set proper goals, design a plan of action and set effective deadlines so that you can focus on what’s really important and use your time wisely. Otherwise, you will be wasting your time and energy running in circles and doing the wrong things. (check out The Parkinson’s Law here) So before you get to work make sure you have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish, how you’re going to do that and when each task is to be completed.