Trent Hamm of personal finance weblog The Simple Dollar defines microgoals as small goals that can be accomplished in one week or less, if you're diligent. They are not meant to replace your routine workdays, but to fill in an extra weekly task or two to take advantage of otherwise wasted time.
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A lot of smaller goals can fit into week-sized chunks depending on your overall strategy. Trying to kill your debt? Attempt to live on a $US21 food budget this week, which is the average amount for those living on food stamps, or strive to prepare a certain number of homemade meals in advance that you can freeze. Trying to make your home more energy efficient? Clean your air vents and perform an air leak audit.
Microgoals are also helpful if you have creative or entrepreneurial pursuits in addition to your normal routine. Perhaps make a microgoal to write three chapters of your book or set up a WordPress blog. They're another good tool to have in your productivity arsenal.
Defining and Accomplishing Microgoals [The Simple Dollar]