But you don’t need a new year to set some really awesome goals for yourself. Any time is a good time to put your focus on self improvement and work towards something you really want. I’ve set myself a bunch of goals this year as I’m determined to DO things rather than just THINK about doing them.
The goals you set are really important, as this will determine whether or not you will achieve them. So many people miss their targets purely because they didn’t set the right ones. Here are my top three ways to make sure you can totally smash those goals:
Really know yourself
Before setting goals, take a good hard think about your strengths and weaknesses. Think about why you’ve missed targets before.
For me, I know I can be too ambitious. I also know I need real, solid goals that leave no room for doubt. I’m a list maker, and I like to chunk things down into smaller pieces so I get to cross more things off quickly. Seeing progress is important to me, so if I set a goal that doesn’t materialise until six months down the line, I’m likely to give up very quickly. For things like that I need to take each step as a separate thing that all adds up to a whole later on.
This won’t be the same for everyone, and you do really need to think about what works best for you. Ask yourself these questions:
- Are the goals you’re setting things you really want?
- Will you still want those things in a month’s time or in six month’s time or in two year’s time?
- Do you have time to do what you need to do to achieve them? Can you make it a priority?
- What really motivates you? Is it the end goal or is the journey just as important?
- What might get in your way and what can you do to get around these obstacles?
Make your goals achievable
For instance, as a blogger you might want to blog full time one day. If you say you’d like to achieve this from scratch in three months, that might be a bit unrealistic (despite what pinterest will have you believe). But if you give yourself a couple of years and several shorter term goals to get there, it just might happen if you stick with it.
Impatience is one of my biggest downfalls, and I’ve been guilty in the past of trying to do too much too quickly. I would say that setting unrealistic timescales has been the main reason for a lot of the goals I’ve missed. It can be very demotivating when you’re not moving as fast as you’d planned, and that often leads to me giving up.
Chunk it down and you’ll be able to see more easily how that goal will use up your time and energy. And make those chunks very specific. They should be things you can easily measure, for instance how many pageviews you’ve had or how many miles you’ve run. Ticking those boxes on time, or even overachieving, will be a huge motivator.
Write it down and be organised
I use my bullet journal to keep track of how I’m doing and break down my goals into smaller, measurable chunks. My overall goal of “doing more exercise” has many components, all of which are very specifically measured and can be checked off as I go. There’s no better feeling than colouring in those little squares as you achieve something.
I fully recommend starting a bullet journal to keep track of your goals and your progress. You can set your tracker up in a way that works for you, and you can choose as many or as few goals as you wish to focus on at one time. Plus you get to exercise your creative muscle! Pinterest is a really good place to start for bullet journal ideas:
For cool stuff to help you reach your goals: