Setting Goals And How To Achieve Them.
Setting goals is how we progress as individuals. Where do you want to be a year from now? What do you want to change? Setting goals is not something to take lightly. Goals will shape your future if you stick to them. Achieving goals takes hard work, time and determination. Most of all, goals take planning.
Why Is It Important To Set Goals?
Setting goals is important because it is a way to stay focused and know your next step. Whether it is professional or personal. It isn’t enough to say, “I want to go to college.”
You need a plan. How are you going to pay for it? How much time do you have to invest? Where do you want to go? What steps do you need to take to be accepted?
When setting goals, you have to take into account the entire process. A goal is set with the end in mind. But, you need to figure out how to get there. This is where planning comes into play. Setting goals properly is as much as an artform as it is science. Continue reading to figure how to set your goals.
Prioritize What You Want to Accomplish.
When setting goals, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. Pick one or two aspects of your life you want to work on.
Setting too many goals for yourself can result some negative consequences. You may not compete all of them and feel like a failure. Or, you may be accomplishing goals at the cost of your mental health.
I like to pick one personal one and one professional one. Do whatever best fits your lifestyle.
Set Your Timeline.
Goals should be set with a timeline in mind. Start with the big picture. This could be four months or a year. Which ever it is, it should be measurable.
If your setting goals to be done before a certain event, make sure you also put a specific date. If you want the nursery decorated before baby arrives, pick a date. (Preferably before the due date just in case!)
Before the semester ends on XX/XX/XXXX.
Setting Long-Term Goals.
At this point, you should have prioritized what goals you will be setting. Also, you should know when you want it accomplished by. This is your long-term goal. The big picture you want to paint.
Now you have to figure out how the details. What are you going to paint? This is where monthly goal setting comes into play.
Setting Monthly Goals.
From this point on, we will be breaking our long-term goal into smaller, more measurable goals. Assuming your long-term goal is longer than a month, this is your next step.
Let’s say your goal has a six-month completion date. Take each month individually. Plan out exactly what you want to accomplish in that month.
Setting Weekly Goals.
Let’s take setting goals one step further. Create four smaller goals for each monthly goal. Each one of these sub-goals represents one week. They should bring you closer to completing your monthly goal. Setting weekly goals is an organized way to track progress and stay on task.
At the beginning of each week, you will plan your daily schedule. Do not do this now. You shouldn’t plan your daily schedule because your daily needs may change by the time you get there.
Daily goals will still reflect your goal for that week. Which means that every day you complete your daily goal, it is making progress towards your long-term goal.
I like to end my Friday by planning my daily goals for the next week. It’s easy since you have your weekly sub-goals planned!
Strategies For Achieving Goals.
No matter your goal, there are a few things that will help you stay on track.
Remind yourself of your long-term goal and daily goal weekly. This will keep you focused on the end game. It will reassure you that what you do today, will bring you one step closer to the bigger picture you are trying to create.
Push yourself. If you are to easy on yourself, you won’t feel accomplished at the end. You should enjoy what you are doing. Enjoy creating challenges for yourself. You will be grateful you did.
Don’t overdo it. If you aren’t keeping up with the guidelines you set for yourself, it is okay to readjust. Find what fits your flow instead of continuing to tread the rough tide until your exhausted. You’ll drown eventually.
Designate time to accomplish your goals. People can’t multitask as well as we’d like to think. Time doesn’t magically stop for you to work on your goals. If you don’t schedule the time, it may never come.
Get in the proper mindset. Don’t dread what you are about to do. It will just make it harder on you. Like I said before, enjoy what you are doing. Not every aspect is going to keep you smiling. But if you are continually dreading what you have planned, it’s not good for your mental health. Mental health should be put above any goal.
Tell others your goals. Whether it is your family, friends, or Twitter followers, let people know what your goals are. They will marvel as you succeed and help keep you on track when you stray. If you can find an accountable goal buddy, they are amazing. My hubby is mine!
You Already Have Support.
As my regulars know, I am here for you! If you need advice on setting goals or accomplishing the goals you have set. Contact me. You have my word that I will always respond.
Included are the two documents I use to track my goals. Firstly, I use this excel sheet to organize my long-term goals. Then, I use this PDF for my weekly goals. I recommend laminating the weekly goal sheet or putting it in a plastic cover. This way you can write on it with white-board marker and reuse it over and over again. They are both free to download.
Please share your goals in the comments so that we can support one another. You may find someone with the same goals are you. Reach out and you may back an invaluable goal buddy!