Goals: I love creating them…How do I achieve them?
Thanksgiving has come and gone, can you believe it? Before you get too far gone with the holidays, don’t forget that the new year is 31 days away! So lets start thinking about 2017. Where you want to be this time next year, and what do you want to be doing? Yes, I’m talking goals, but wait!! Don’t go anywhere yet! I think I have something here that will help ease your anxiety, so first grab a glass of wine, and I will wait here for you-I already have my glass of red! So, here it goes, nice and easy.
I’ve always had goals, but when I’ve spent time writing them out I get overwhelmed sometimes (maybe you know what I mean!). I have been known to spend time contemplating them, and doing worksheets with lots of questions. Then I end up putting them in a drawer by the end of February because I’m cleaning all the clutter off of my desk! All of those goals and dreams can be so big, that I don’t know where to start. I find it hard to break them down into actionable plans, and I can’t see how I can achieve them with my everyday busy life. I’ve just started this layout a few weeks ago, and find it amazingly simple. So here ya go:
1. Determine SMART Realistic Goals
I like to write when I’m brainstorming, remember, I have a lot of notebooks! So grab one and start writing, in fact, dream a little bit. It might take writing a few things you feel like you should do to get to what you want to do. Remember, just because you are writing it down doesn’t mean your going to have to do them, I promise! Here’s a great book to curl up with before you start: The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna.
Do yourself a favor and don’t start with too many goals – you know how fast 2016 past us by, 2017 promises to do the same. So once you decide on a few goals, make sure they are Specific (What exactly will you do?), Measurable (How will you know if you achieve your goal?), Achievable (What steps are you going to take to reach your goal?), Relevant (What about your goal makes it important to you?), and Timely (When do you want to complete your goal?). Create a goal page for 2017 and write them down. I have not create my 2017 goal page yet, however I have started collecting ideas for inspiration on my “Future Planning” board on Pinterest – go check it out!
2. Break Big Goals Down Into Smaller Actionable Steps
I list my monthly goals on the side section on my monthly calendar – the one shown above is from October. Once they are written on the monthly calendar, I prioritize them in order. Sometimes the order is of importance, and sometimes it’s a chronological order (maybe one goal is dependent on another goal). I then divide them up into 3-4 sections (which become weeks), shown below. Sometimes I put more on week one through three, and use the fourth week as a catch up. I then take the weekly goals and break them into actionable items and put them into my daily layouts, and before I know it, I’m getting important things done, not just busy work! See not too bad!
3. Keep You Goals Visible:
The more you see your goals, the more likely you will achieve them. So write these smaller goals on your weekly calendar so they become more visible, and you can celebrate when you achieve them!
4. Find an Accountability Partner:
I’m not much on accountability partners, but I do tell my girlfriends what I’m up to, I guess it’s just more casual. I actually use my planner as a partner, because every time I look at my week, my planner is telling me what my goals are!
5. Be Flexible
Goals are great, but here’s the catch – You have to give yourself flexibility in using the goal boxes. This is why I have them on my monthly and weekly layouts. So not to already give you excuses, but sometimes it takes a little longer than you thought, or your goals change or evolve. Just know the most important thing when it comes to achieving goals, it’s not necessarily the deadline of when it has to be done, but it’s more in the scheduling it out to make sure it gets done. Make sure your goals fit your lifestyle, and who you are. In other words, if you are a full-time mom, it’s probably not very realistic to travel the world attempting to live out that goal right now.
I will post my 2017 goals in the next few weeks, thanks for stopping by and sharing a glass of wine with me! Enjoy the long weekend with your family, and I will see you on Monday! Thanks for stopping by!
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