Fast forward twelve months. What will you have liked to achieve? Perhaps you’d like to lose a considerable amount of weight or finally pay off your credit cards. You see, it’s easy to visualize your goals but without proper planning, it’s highly likely that you won’t achieve them.
“Goals that are not written down are just wishes”. Heard of this quote? It’s true! Taking the time to set and plan your goals is crucial to achieving what you want in life.
SET GOALS THAT MOTIVATE YOU
Motivation is what drives us so your goal need to mean something to you. There is no point in setting a goal that you feel halfheartedly about or because someone else wants you to do it. It’ll only lead to disappointment. Think back to the last few months. Is there something that your mind keep wandering to? Perhaps you constantly wished that you had more money or you kept thinking about the blog that you had been meaning to start. Use these prompts as inspiration for your goals.
You’ve probably heard of SMART goals a thousand times already but they really do help you to set clear milestones and make your goals reachable. Not sure what SMART stands for? It’s an abbreviation for Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound.
Get into the habit of making your goals as specific as you possibly can. Don’t just say you want to save money in 2018, it’s too vague. How much do you want to save? What are you saving for? When do you want to achieve your goal by?
WRITE THEM DOWN
Statistics show that people who write down their goals are 80% more likely to achieve them. Sometimes we get distracted in life so writing down your goals helps you to keep them in mind. If you use a planner or journal then integrate your goals into your daily planning by purchasing a goal planner. You can buy a printable goal planner from the PaperScribblesCo shop.
BREAK YOUR GOALS DOWN
It’s easy to see why people lose motivation to achieve goals over the year. Twelve months is a long time to dedicate to one goal. Break down your project into small, less intimidating tasks. For example, my business goal is to create and launch an e-course to learn how to create your own printables. So I will break down this down into monthly goals. For example:
- January – I’ll research e-courses and the costs to implement them.
- February – Look into the design software needed for the course – trial and purchase, if necessary.
- March – Start to design the course so that it fits with my brand.
- April – Start to record and write content for the course.
Creating an e-course sounds like a huge project but by breaking it down into monthly tasks it seems less daunting.
It’s nice to recognize your own achievements and how hard you’re working. Each time you reach a milestone or achieve a monthly goal, treat yourself. Have a pamper night, buy new planner accessories or take a day off. Anything that makes you feel good and will motivate you to keep putting in the hard work.
To help kick off your goal setting for 2018, I’m giving you a 3-page sample of the Paduka Goal Planner to download – available in A5 and A4/Letter. You do need to be a member to download the printable, but don’t worry it’s free!
Like the printable and want the full set? You can purchase the planner here!