“Goals that are just high enough to attain will encourage a continued sense of exceeding expectations, and therefore accomplishment. Small victories on a consistent basis will be more impactful and beneficial in the long run than few larger victories. The sense of achievement might be higher at the time, but it’s not sustainable.”
Tim Ferriss, author of Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers, knows plenty about the power of goal setting.
In this Creative Live article, he explains how to set goals for optimal productivity and points out that most people set goals that are too big.
He suggests the secret to maximum productivity is to set attainable goals and use them to build momentum.
For more advice from Ferriss, you can check out his thoughts about how to conquer procrastination as well.