A new year is the perfect opportunity to start creating new goals. After accomplishing every goal that I set last year, I’m more than excited to start all over with some even bigger ones this year. Of course, with bigger goals comes longer to-do lists. Lucky for me, I learned how to plan out my goals effectively; creating step-by-step tasks to keep my thoughts organized and to help me track my progress. I’ve learned that life runs more smoothly when you incorporate some organization into everything you do. Not to mention, it feels good checking off a list one by one; knowing that you’re that much closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. If you have some goals this year but, don’t know how or where to start, I’m here to help. I didn’t always know how to plan effectively, I had to be taught how to. To start your year off right, I’m going to share my goal setting techniques with you.
Just as a side note, I prefer a planner when I’m planning out my steps to reach my goals. I like that a planner has all the little details: dates, bullet points, extra space to write, etc. However, I’ve been able to do this with calendars and journals as well. Use whatever works best for you!
- The main goal – Once you have your main goal figured out, it should be what’s listed at the very top. Now, I can be extra sometimes so, I usually write mine in all caps to excite myself. It’s pretty self-explanatory though. It’s what you’re headed towards. It’s the finish line.
- To-Do list – This is the most important part and it requires quite a bit of thought. Depending on the size of your goal, you may have five tasks to complete or fifteen. What I like to do, is start with the easiest task to do. This way, I’m able to get it out of the way while gaining some confidence for what’s to come next and allowing myself some time to brainstorm how I’m going to get the next task done. Which, the next task is always slightly bigger than the last so it makes sense that you may need that extra boost of motivation. By the time you get to the last task, you should be one hundred percent confident about how you’ll get it done and not even the slightest bit anxious about going for it.
- Side note: Sometimes I’m able to get several tasks done at one time; you know, killing two birds with one stone. Anytime you come across this opportunity, take it. You’ll open up the choice to either skip ahead or take a small break before moving on to the next task.
- Set tentative dates – On the sides of each tasks, feel free to list a date that you would like to complete them by. I say tentative because there’s no need to have a meltdown if you don’t finish in time. Life gets in the way, whether we like it or not and sometimes that means that plans have to be moved around and dates have to be changed. That’s okay. The true purpose of setting a tentative date is to simply keep yourself on track and hold yourself accountable for what needs to be done. Typically I like to set dates that allow me a week to get one thing done but, there are times where I can do several tasks within a couple of days. Again, this is based on your discretion. You know what you can do in so much time without overwhelming yourself.
- Cross off completed tasks – As I said before, this is my favorite part. Not everyone is the same but, if you’re an over-thinker like myself then you second guess everything. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve given myself anxiety just by triple checking whether or not I’ve done something and if I’ve done it to completion. It’s a waste of time to continuously back track to things that I’ve already done. Crossing off tasks as I complete them is my only indicator that I’ve completed them one hundred percent. If I haven’t, then it’s not crossed off; even if it’s just one little thing that I have to go back and finish. It seems tedious but, it keeps me sane during the process.
- Celebrate – Once you’re done and you’ve reached your main goal, allow yourself to do some much deserved celebrating. Getting shit done is hard! Even achieving the smallest of goals calls for a celebration at the end. Go bar hopping, to your favorite restaurant, the movie theater or stay home and binge watch a Netflix original, drink some wine, take a bath, cook your favorite meal, invite friends over, WHATEVER! Just allow yourself to feel on top of the world because it’ll give you the confidence to know that you can accomplish anything you want and you’ll have the motivation to move on to the next goal.
Goal setting doesn’t have to be complicated. You have the capability to make it short, sweet, and to the point. Going about it this way, I’ve accomplished about a goal per month which is fantastic because I have so much that I need to get done in life in order to create the perfect setup for my future. I hope I’ve shed some light on how to crush your goals efficiently and effectively.
As always, I’m here to help! You know where to find me.