I have always been a goal orientated individual. However, I would always mentally set my goals. Now that I am older and my schedule is busier, I realized that I needed to become more organized when it came to goal setting. After trial and error, I have a goal setting system that allows me to set goals, hold myself accountable, and successfully achieve them. But before I share, let’s start with the basics.
What is a goal?
A goal is an end result that you intend to obtain.
You probably set goals all of the time and don’t even notice it. Goals do not have to be complex, they can be small and simple. No matter how big or small, they should be important to you and you should work hard at achieving them. The next time you find yourself setting goals, try including these steps.
I write a list for everything. I prefer to write my lists down because I enjoy crossing the item off when I accomplish it. Each day, I make a list of three action items that I want to complete during the day. When I write these items down, I make sure they are realistic to accomplish during the day and within my schedule. In the past, I would make long to-do lists hoping that I would finish everything that day. It resulted to me feeling disappointment from not accomplishing all of the items on the list. I also experience anxiety from wanting to cross everything off from my list right away.
Long Term and Short Term Goals
It’s normal to have a long list of goals (that means you are ambitious). Make sure you separate those goals in two categories: long term and short term. This is important because it allows you to see the bigger picture. Your short-term goals can assist you with achieving your long-term goals. Need an example of both?
Let’s say you want to lose 15 pounds. That’s awesome! But it takes hard work and dedication to lose weight the healthy way. That is an example of a long-term goal. In order for you to lose weight, you will have to change areas of your life style including healthy eating and exercise. To start your healthy weight loss journey, you will have to make short-term goals in order to accomplish your long-term goals. These short-term goals can include exercising three times a week, drinking eight glasses of water each day, and taking the stairs instead of using the elevator.
Share Your Goals
I like to share some of my goals with my family and friends. Why? My loved ones will assist in accountability and make sure I stay on track. It allows me to stay focus and at times they are able to help me achieve my goals.
In addition to those items, I schedule time to meditate, repeat affirmations, rest, and schedule some “me” time. That way I am not overwhelmed with my goals and it allows me to reset.
How do you organize your goals and make sure you stay on track?