Outside of work, I’ve always wanted to set and attain personal goals. I never wrote them down, but I always had them at the back of my mind. And with that, it was very hard to get to them as I always ended up procrastinating. A few months ago, I read Ryan Allis’ advice in your 20s and decided that I should do something about it. Writing your goals down is powerful and the act of writing down itself has shown to increase the probability of goals being achieved by orders of magnitude.
In a 1979 Harvard MBA study, participants were asked whether they had written down their goals. 10 years later the 3% of the students who had written down their goals were earning 10 times as much as the other 97% of the class combined.