Last year, my goal list consisted of multiple pages. I used to be what you might call the goal “over-setter.” I’m amazing at creating goals! Literally, I can make them for days. I even created goals just because it was the new year and not necessarily because I was driven to accomplish them. Now, I create goals in a completely different way. First, I decide what aspects of my life are a priority to improve. However, I do it in a bit of an unorthodox way.
You see, I don’t just make a list of goals and choose which ones are the most important. Instead, I make a list of everything I want to do or accomplish. Then, I use that list to figure out where my common priorities are and build actionable goals from there. If you want to try my system, scroll to the bottom to snag a FREE PRINTABLE of my quick goal-setting workbook. Keep reading for some tips on how I make what I call my “crush it-worthy” goals.
Five Tips for Making Crush It-Worthy Goals
If you’re anything like me, then absolutely everything is a priority. Sometimes it’s hard to narrow down what I need to work on first! Before I started reflecting in my bullet journal, my to do lists were always a mile long. I’d spend time on one thing, then realize I needed to get something else done. Abandoning the first task, I’d inevitably cycle partially through half my to do list and then migrate everything to the next day. I failed my system, and my system was failing me.
I’m still recovering from being the type of person who prioritizes everything. I constantly have to remind myself that if I try to do everything at once, I won’t get any of it done. It’s been a long road, but I’m finally starting to learn to better manage my priorities and my time. It all changed when I changed how I set my goals.
Write it down!
It may seem like a no brainer, but I actually prefer to write my goals by hand. Part of this is because my process requires a bunch of list-making. Not only do I list everything I want to do but I also categorize everything. That way, I can look for categories that have the majority of items on my list, or trends in the types of things I want to accomplish. This process helps guide me to what is most important in a natural way. Since I do it this way, I’m not forcing my hand into setting goals that I think I should do, but maybe aren’t in tune with the kind of person I want to be.
Plus, there’s the old adage that you remember more of what you write down. 😉
Once you actually get to the goal-setting, it’s important to make things as specific as possible, including due dates. You see, I don’t just use this method for goal-setting once a year. I keep my goals close at hand and often re-assess every few months to make sure I’m still on the right track for the kind of life I want to lead. Plus, the more detail-driven your goals are, the easier it will be to accomplish them!
For example, a general goal like I want to lose weight sounds a bit more like wishful thinking than a goal. Instead, I want to eat 4 servings of vegetables a day and workout 3 times a week are much more specific, actionable goals. In fact, the best thing about this particular set of goals is that they are immediately actionable. I will do this today or this week or this month. Then, I’ll repeat it again and again until it’s habit. If it’s a bigger goal (like my goal to release a digital product or ebook this year), attach a firm deadline. Incidentally, I also add a “if I’m feeling overzealous” deadline. Usually this helps me complete a goal somewhere between the two dates. 🙂
I’m the first one to admit that follow through isn’t always my strongest suit. It’s something I have to work at every day. However, it’s much easier to follow through when someone else knows your plan. That way, they encourage and remind you to work on your goals. Ideally, you’d want an accountability partner you talk to often. It’s even better if it’s someone with similar goals so that you can hold each other accountable. If they are making the same things a priority, it’s easy to be an accountability team. Anthony has a great memory, so he’s usually my main accountability partner. Plus, he knows how to tell when I’m dragging my feet and when to give me a healthy nudge in the right direction. 😉
I also use trackers in my bullet journal to hold myself accountable. Seeing them empty makes me really sad, so I’m always motivated to fill things in.
Make High Priority Goals
The worst thing you can do is create goals you don’t care enough about to accomplish. Let me let you in on a little secret. Life is going to get in the way. It’s going to throw things at you that will throw you off your game and distract you from your goals. Make sure your goals are worth returning to amidst the chaos that is your life. If you align them with what you believe is a priority, then it will be much easier to return to them when life gets hard.
Check-in & Reflect
Add reminders to your calendar to check in on your goal progress. If it’s a short-term goal, set the reminders at regular increments before your due date. If it’s a long-term goal that will likely last the year, then add reminders every two months to make sure you keep coming back. When it’s time to check-in on your progress. Think about what you’ve accomplished with your goals so far. What has helped you achieve them? What is preventing you from succeeding? Think about what you can do better in the future, and then add those thoughts to your goals and put them in action!
Some Recommended Reading
If you’re looking for some interesting reads for the new year about building a better life, here are some books I read and LOVED last year. They all really helped me tune in to what my priorities are, organize, and focus my life. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
We all need a purpose and something to work towards. So, why not tailor your goals to the life you want to lead? It’s the best way to get to the life you wish you were leading today. Thank you for stopping by the blog today. Tell me what you want to accomplish in the comments below! I’d love to hear about your goals for 2017!
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Whew! That was a lot. Happy goal setting and I hope to see you soon!
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