If you follow me on Instagram (or anything connected to my Instagram) then you’ve probably seen my “Weekly Goals” sticky notes that I’ve started sticking in my planner. Setting goals and staying motivated enough to keep up with them has always been a sore spot for me. I’ll set a goal and work really hard towards it for a while and then life happens and I’ll either a) forget about it or b) give up. In an attempt to try and change that (one of my goals is to get better at setting and accomplishing goals) I decided that I would write my goals for the week down on a post-it note and share them on social media every Monday (#MotivationalMonday). After inspiring a few people to write down goals of their own, I decided I would share a few more of my thoughts and ideas with y’all on setting goals (and why you should try it)!
Let’s Get Started: Setting Your Goals
When setting goals, it is important that they be specific… I mean, extremely specific. It isn’t going to do you any good to set a goal of “run better.” Okay, I mean, maybe that works for serious runners, but for the rest of us, not so much. You should be easily able to measure whether or not your progressing towards your goals and how far you have to go to achieve them. For example, rather than have “run better” I would write down “meet Army Physical Fitness Test standard for 2-mile.” That’s 2-miles in 19:36 to meet the minimum. Not only does this allow me to track my progress, but setting goals like this lets you build off of them as well. This goal originally started as “Run 2-miles” and I am proud to say that I currently only need to shave 1 minute and 30 seconds (give or take) off of my time to meet the minimum for my age group. Also, do yourself a solid and make sure the goals you set are something you can actually achieve. There’s nothing worse than not being able to check a goal off of your list because it’s more of a dream. Take for instance, my goal of writing a novel by the time I turn 25 (like 1.5 years from now). Ideally, I would love to write a bestseller, but that’s way easier said than done! Focusing a goal on something that is (basically) out of your control is a sure fire way to set yourself up for failure!Goal Setting 101: Keep it Simple! Click To Tweet
Making sure you set specific goals is a great start to setting yourself up for success but there are some other things you should keep in mind when setting goals. Having goals that are too grandiose or having too many goals at a time can really hurt your progress. I like to go with two or three goals for the week. Usually one or two that have to do with running and a one that has to do with the blog and/or homework. This allows me to make sure there’s actually enough time in the week to accomplish my goals and that’s extremely important!
Make a Plan
Ah, yes… planning. I love planning, don’t you? Planning out how you’re going to accomplish your goals can be just as important (in my opinion) as simply writing them down. My anxiety causes me to be a serious planner. A plan can keep you accountable as well as organized. If you’re goal is to lose weight, make a workout plan (or even better, get a personal trainer to make one for you). If you’re goal is to post more frequently on your blog (definitely on my list) try creating an editorial calendar (while I haven’t found one I love myself yet, I do think this list of monthly post ideas from Bre Pea is the perfect way to fluff it out). Along with making a plan comes setting time limits for your goals. If you don’t have an end date, you’re more likely to put off reaching your goal (I know I do this ALL the time). The great thing about timelines is they can always be readjusted!Remember: Goals are like moving targets without a time limit or a plan to guide your way! Click To Tweet
Now, what good is it going to do if you scribble your goals down on a post-it note and it gets lost somewhere in the big, wide world or accidentally gets tossed in the garbage with your lunch? Answer: none. Currently, my weekly goals go in my planner but I make sure to take a picture and put it on Instagram (this way other can keep me accountable too)! Another thing to do is use Pinterest. I use Pinterest for everything and having a goals/motivational board. You can also make an actual motivational board/wall for your dorm or apartment! Check out Pinterest for inspiration.
How do you keep your self on track to accomplish your goals?