How to Set Goals You'll actually Achieve
Another year, another set of resolutions to commit to in January, and somewhere around March or April, they’ve faded in priority, soon to be lost until January 1st, 2019. That’s where we're coming in to help with this easy to follow guide to keep your commitment to your resolutions strong - consider what you want to accomplish and actually put it in writing. Then use the boxes to break it down into actionable steps. Use this as a reference throughout the year and print it as many times as you need. Check in at the beginning of each day/week/month as it relates to your resolution.
We like to keep ours on a cork board in our office to keep them all visible and active in our minds, then put them in a binder when we've accomplished them to reflect on at the end of the year.
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Here are 5 tips to Get Started on your 2018 Goals
1. Brain dump everything you want to achieve.
List everything out that you want to accomplish this year. Allow your stream of consciousness to take the reigns and just write - nothing is too big or too insignificant. Then lump your list into areas of your life; life goals, work goals and personal goals. Life goals are anything from spending more time with your family to keeping a consistent budget to traveling more this year. Work goals are your professional goals that can include building your customer base, being consistent in social media, to blogging more. Personal goals may range from clean eating, meditating every day, to losing weight.
2. Prioritize your list.
Which goals are the most important to you? Which do you want to complete first? Rate each from 1-10. A rating of 1 means this is at the absolute top of the list and you will accomplish it - 10 will be available for you to tackle when you have time. (If you really want to get into it, rate them within each category, then compile that list and prioritize them as a whole.) Strikeout goals that are ridiculous or pie in the sky once you've checked in with yourself and your list. Not everyone can own an island or buy a Tesla - they're just not always in the cards... dammit.
3. Apply specific deadline (date + time) to your high priority goals.
We like to chunk things into the quarters of the year so we're not overwhelmed with all our goals from day one. Q1 is January through March, Q2-April through June, Q3-July through September, and Q4-October through December. Again, we always come back at the end of each time period (quarter) to check in with ourselves and see where we're at with our goals, and what may need to be pushed into the next quarter.
4. Take your goals and break them down into individual action plans.
By intentionally writing out and planning your strategy to achieve your goals, you'll more than likely accomplish them, and probably a hell of a lot more. Apply your action steps to achieve those goals and what you can do each week to integrate the actionable steps into your life. For instance; if you want to lose weight set days of the week you will go to the gym, MWF, and set a time that you will do it, i.e. 8:30AM.
5. Keep your list where you will see it every day.
When you visually see your list on the daily, you're more likely to remember that there is a goal you are working towards. Not everyone has an accountability partner, so you need to train yourself to be accountable to you. Plug everything into your calendar, on your Trello board, and commit to it.
Start and follow through with intention - intention to be better and the drive to make yourself proud. Comment below to let us in on your goals and how we can help you stay accountable and see it through! Go forth... and kick ass!