In an earlier post, I talked about why it is important to set goals. Now let’s take a look on how to set goals the right way. You’re excited, and you’re thinking of all the beautiful things you’d like to do with your life. You are ready to start setting your goals, but you are wondering how to do it right.
How To Set Goals You Can Achieve In Your Life?
The method for setting your goals can be a little different, depending on the type of goal. It can be a short-term goal, such as a day or a week. It could be a long-term goal such as a month, year, or even five years from now. Or maybe it is a complicated goal that takes several smaller goals to reach. I’m going to show you how I set my goals so you can get started quickly to set yours.
Setting Daily Goals
Daily goals may be things from that well known “to-do” list. When you start setting goals for the first time, it’s good to think of one major thing you want to do today. Of course, you’ll have several little things on that to-do list, but these are just little tasks to complete. Goals are different. Think of one goal you want to achieve today that’s most important to you. Reaching that goal, will make you feel like you’ve had a productive day. This can be a project at work you need to finish. Maybe your goal is to run two miles instead of one. Whatever it is you want to achieve, make it your most important goal for the day, and achieving it will help you feel successful.
I know…life can get in the way sometimes. If you’re busy, you’ll have ringing phones, or any number of other distractions throughout the day. Just keep your eye on the prize. If you try to set too many goals, you can’t possibly reach them in a day, and you’ll feel bad about yourself for not reaching them. You’ll feel like you’ve had an non-productive, unsuccessful day.
Daily tasks may seem boring and not motivating at all. That’s life. However, if you do those little things around, doing something you’re excited about, they won’t seem as bad. Focus on that one thing.
Everything you do should help you work toward that goal. Be sure to write these goals down in a notebook or a daily calendar, it will help you keep track of them. If you try it the paper and pencil way, and it doesn’t work for you, don’t worry.
There are several goal setting software solutions that can help you. These programs let you list your core values. Then based on these areas of your life, you create your goals and tasks. When you write a goal, you have to list a task and a deadline. You can usually set up a few goals on these programs for free. If you want to do more, they may ask a small monthly or yearly fee.
They even will send you reminders to keep you focused. Many of them work with Google Calendar, and even have smartphone apps. These programs work well for those into technology. If you’re not, don’t worry. Just take a notebook or calendar and write them down though. It will make a huge difference.
Setting Weekly Goals
Reaching your weekly goals can take a little more discipline than daily ones. You should always ask yourself what you really want to achieve this week. Your weekly goal can be specific for that week, or it can be part of a long-term goal. Keep these goals either on a weekly calendar you write, or an online calendar. Again, stay focused on your tasks around that goal.
It is really important that you review your weekly goals at the end of each week. Notice what you completed, but also notice what you didn’t, and figure out why you didn’t. This will help you to create another strategy to do it the next week and avoid doing the same things that kept you from reaching it this week. It will also help you to identify your weaknesses in your goals setting/reaching abilities.
When you reach your weekly goals, acknowledge it and be proud of yourself. You will feel more confident and successful by completing a few of your goals each week. No, you’re not working harder…you’re just working more focused. That’s the purpose of setting goals and that is what it’s all about. They’re there to give you structure to your life that makes it become a better life.
Setting Monthly Goals
Life can surely drive you crazy sometimes. Sometimes you get so busy, and suddenly you realize you haven’t taken any time for yourself. If you prepare monthly goals, you want to make sure you set aside time to not only reach your goals, but have some time left to enjoy your life.
It’s important that you don’t neglect to check your monthly goals each day to see your progress and keep up on what still needs to be done to reach the goals. If you don’t reach them, look back to figure out if maybe you tried to do too much. That’s often the case when you’re new to goal setting.
If you stay organized, setting and reaching monthly goals is easy. You don’t have to be an expert on organizing to keep things straight. You just need the desire and a few helpful tips. Here are several things to help you:
– Get yourself an organizer or calendar of some kind. All you really need is one of those small ones you can carry in your pocket, but if you’d like a larger one to carry in your brief case or purse, that’s fine too. For those of you who prefer the electronic way, you can use any organizing software or app. Just find the one that’s best for you.
– Having the calendar at hand at all times will allow you to keep your work and personal schedule at a glance. If you have some days you want to dedicate to yourself, simply block them off by highlighting them before you do your monthly schedule. Work your other work and family goals around this time. This allows you to set your goals and the days you want to reach them on the other days during the month.
What really works for me is using different colors and highlight work, family, or social goals each differently. One of the most important things is always having a way to see what your goals are and where you are in your steps to reaching them.
– Set your goals for various things. Don’t just stop with your work and personal goals. You can also set financial goals. To do this, you might write: “Spend no more than $10/day for lunch this month at work.” Then each day, you can write down how much you spend. Meeting that goal will not only make you feel good about yourself, it will help you save money too. Saving money could be a small goal on the way to a bigger goal to buy a car, a down payment on a house, take a vacation or whatever it may be.
You don’t want to put every goal for each individual day’s work. Just write down the important ones. Things you need to do every day, such as taking a shower, don’t need to be included. Write down one goal a day, or at least one or two goals a week, that are important to you and schedule time to work on them.
Setting Anual Goals
Annual goals can be difficult to keep. After all, how many New Year’s resolutions have you actually completed? While these resolutions can be difficult sometimes, they can also be a great roadmap for your year in both your business and personal life. That’s why at the beginning of each new year, you need to set goals. They need to be both specific and realistic.
Think of things you’ve dreamed about achieving. Now just pick one of those things to focus on for the year. Some people will think it’s crazy, it doesn’t matter, it’s your dream.
Once you have created your list of your most desirable goals, you’re ready to begin preparing your annual goals. You want to start by asking yourself which specific goals will move you closer to having the things you dream about. Remember as you prepare your goals, they should be measurable as well.
For example, if you want to save $1,000, you’ve put a dollar amount down, so it’s measurable. You can even measure it at any point during the year to see how much you have saved. It’s the same with weight loss. You can measure that. Maybe you want a promotion, but there are several things you need to do first. Each step along the way is a measurement.
After you have specific, realistic, and measurable goals, you want to set a date you want to reach that goal and write it down. You need to have that target goal so you can push yourself toward it.
Be sure not to write too many goals, because with too many goals, it will be easy to lose focus. You probably don’t want to write down more than five. Once you’ve written the goals, you need a plan of action for each one. What steps do you have to take to reach them? If there’s something that will keep you from doing it write it down too, and write a plan to overcome that obstacle. For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds, but you’re a “chocoholic,” simply not buying chocolate will solve that problem.
Write your goals on a calendar, either online or offline, and target dates. Now write on your calendar each step you need to take to reach the goal and target dates for those things as well. You have now set yearly goals. It’s that simple! You’ll need to prioritize them so you know which things you need to focus on first. Set your focus on those things. Keep your eye on the overall goals, but the little things that will help you reach those goals are what you should focus on.