I place a fun event on the calendar to help me to stay motivated. Sometimes we go to baseball games in the summer or we plan a trip in the winter to go to a warmer climate and beat the winter blues.
Having goals in place keeps me motivated and planning allows for future flexibility. Putting the two together is a hyper-machine for making things happen. If you are reading this article, you are ready to take the next step in your goal setting methods and take your planning into hyper drive.
I created an exclusive personal planner for you from my failures and successes at goal setting by combining SMART goals and weekly planning. ‘SMART goals’ are goals that are measurable and attainable in a predetermined amount of time. In the planner, you as the goal creator, have the opportunity to create a goal for the week that is achievable, the calendar breaks down the goal into smaller daily actions making the goal achievable.
Goals are always a daunting task, best saved for after breakfast. Okay, now that I had breakfast–onto the goal planning….right after lunch….catching my drift? Goal planning is easy to put off because it is so massive.
The weekly planner system allows you to breakdown your goals into micro-tasks, in small easy to accomplish tasks that add up to large goals. With this system I accomplished my BIGGEST goals in 6 months.
Jess’ No No’s of Goal Setting
Write down your Goals
- I know, this sounds so basic. But hear me out….writing down a goal gives life to your dream, making it real. Once you write down your goal you don’t have to remember your goal. Not a pen and paper type of person? Get creative and creative a vision board. My vision board was as easy as cutting out pictures from a magazine on a cork board. I placed it above my desk and looked at it everyday. My goals gave me a reason to keep going and not stop on the mundane ‘day to day’. I busted each goal in 6 months with a vision board to keep me on task.
Setting Unrealistic Goals
- You might have heard this saying, ‘you can’t fit 10 gallons of water in a 5 gallon bucket’. Unrealistic goals are like the 10 gallons of water–you can’t achieve the goal within an unattainable amount of time (the 5 gallon bucket). When we set unrealistic goals and get to the end of our pre-determined time, if we haven’t accomplished the goal we become upset at ourselves and those around us. That’s not fair to us or people around us. Setting goals that are honest is the best to keep you on track so you don’t stall.
No Follow Through
- We always have best of intentions. No one wakes up in the morning trying to sabotage themselves. It’s through our actions or inaction that sabotages our follow through. For example, behavior such as not following through on an assignment at work can become an accepted habit. Holding ourselves accountable is tricky stuff and can become habit if not addressed quickly.
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