I think this loosley ties in well with a Ted talk saw (I will elaborate):
My take: The setting of the goal will sometimes give our minds a sense of accomplishment by itself, especially when verbalized. We fall into the trap of goal setting for our tomorrows, getting that satisfaction that the goal is “on the books”, and we let that carry us… until we have to do the work. Our minds got a high when setting the goal so we do it again, we set the same goal for tomorrow, we write it down, we tell a friend, we brag about it, and then we justify it away (Day 54) when it does not get accomplished.
I try to schedule my day in a way that challenges me to complete them today. While I do set long and mid-term goals, I create daily goals for today to get me there. I and try to be aware that the act of setting the goal does not accomplish anything.
Simply put (but hard to create the discipline):
8 AM (10 mins) - Map out daily goals (personal). Keep them on my sheet on my desk (I print out a new sheet every day, from the one I created on day 44) and I schedule tasks in outlook accordingly.
8:30 AM (15 mins) - Daily Scrum (team) - What did we do yesterday, What are we doing today, Set today’s team goals
The daily huddle itself creates accountability. Each day everyone knows they will have to discuss what was done the day before.
8:45 AM - Start execution
End of day - I review my sheet, what did I accomplish, what do I need to move and add to my long list for the next day (control = the compounding of incomplete daily goals is a motivation to complete them).
In a way, I have to be brutal and direct with myself and push myself hard. The grind is real, yet satisfying!