We all have dreams; whether it be graduating from an Ivy League school, raising a family, orbecoming a well-known artist, there are things that tug at our soul, reminding us that we have things to do. Things outside of the daily routine of school or work or parenting.
I myself amalways thinking about all the things I’d like to accomplish. Sometimes it’s all I can think about,calling me to action, so I’ll add “Plan (Insert literally any goal here)” to my planner and it willremain there, forgotten, until it’s time to turn to next week’s page, where I will dutifully write itdown, convincing myself that this week will for sure be the week that these task gets completed.
*Repeat same pattern thousands of time*
Obviously this method is not working for me, hence causing me to wait a decade to actuallylaunch my own website. It can seem impossible to get around to our goals, when so many otherthings may take up our time and attention. But I want change, and because I know I’m not alone,I’m going to share 7 tips to help you successfully plan out those goals.
1. Listen to your nagging voice
What is your nagging voice? It’s that voice in your mind who is constantly reminding you thatwatching Will & Grace for the millionth time is not going to help you create your nextmasterpiece. Or that feeding yourself chips and guacamole does NOT in fact count as lifting.
Pay attention to what it is saying to you. What has been on your mind? What are the things thatyou can’t stop thinking about, that your pesky internal voice keeps reminding you of? Sit in arelatively quiet place, or somewhere you are able to be alone for a moment and really think (I’mnot saying the bathroom is the most desirable place, but it definitely gives you the chance tolock the door and have some thinking time.)
What have you always wanted to try/accomplish?Where do you want to go? What makes you happy? What makes you unhappy? How have youbeen feeling lately? Are you constantly miserable because of a job that sucks your soul? Areyou constantly tired?
I know this may seem like a lot of questions, but it is necessary to dig a little deeper to find outwhat it really is you should be focusing on!
To help you with this process, I created a quick template that I hope will make your soul
If your nagging voice did not help in coming up with some awesome goal ideas, or if you’re likeme and have way too many goal ideas and want a better way to organize them,figure out yourGoal Categories.
A Goal Category is the umbrella that all of your other goals will fall under. For
example, one of my goal categories is Health. I then begin to come up with all the Health relatedgoals I’d like to accomplish: lose weight, maintain a Vegan diet, increase my daily step count, beable to run on a treadmill, walk without feeling winded, etc. The list can go on and on.
You don’tneed to be specific at this part of the planning process. Just write everything that comes tomind. Some other examples of goal categories include: Family, Relationships, Self-Care,Creativity, Business, Community, Finances, Work, Passion, etc.
3. Fill up your Goal Categories
Now that you have come up with your Goal Categories, you should have a better idea of thethings that are most important to you. As mentioned above, start creating the items in yourcategories that you’d like to accomplish, that need more work, etc. Once again, do not stressabout being specific on this part, just let your thoughts flow and write whatever pops into yourhead.
4. Be S.M.A.R.T.
Now that the brainstorming aspect is complete, let’s make sure we set ourselves up for
success by tweaking our current goals list to be S.M.A.R.T. Goals that are S.M.A.R.T. are
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time based. As I mentioned earlier, one of mygoals is to lose weight. So if I gain 100 pounds, but lose 5, does that mean I achieved my goal?
Maybe. Maybe not.
In order to have a strong basis to determine whether or not you have been successful witha goal, it is important that we make them S.M.A.R.T.
Specific) What do I want to do? I want to lose weight.
Measureable) How can I track this progress? Or how will I know that I’ve succeeded?
Well, I weighed myself, and based on that weight, I have decided that I want to lose 80 pounds.
Attainable) Is this a realistic goal? What will I do to make this happen?
This is definitely a realistic goal, because it will bring me down to the amount I used to weigh twoyears ago. I plan on increasing my water consumption, increasing my daily step count,decreasing the amount of fast food I consume, and doing a bi-weekly weigh in to track myprogress.
Relevant) Is this something that I actually care about or want to do?
Yes because I am concerned about my health and want to go back to my old weight.
Time based) When do you want this goal to be completed?
I want to lose those 80 pounds by June 2019.
Boom! You now have a S.M.A.R.T. goal. You go girl!
5. Plan for it
Now that we have dedicated the time to come up with our goals, we want to make sure that wemake it happen. If you use a planner or calendar, add reminders on there to keep themomentum going. Each month on my calendar, I write my starting weight, and every two weeksI have written in a set day for weigh ins. You can do this for almost anything you have planned toaccomplish.
Whether it’s just a reminder to write for 15 minutes a day on your phone, or a
weekly check in with your parents to strengthen that relationship, you should have thesereminders somewhere.
Out of sight, out of mind, and we definitely don’t want that to happenafter doing all this amazing goal planning!
6. Share your Goals
I am a firm believer in this step. If you share your goals, you are more likely to hold yourselfaccountable. Or you may have some amazing people who will make you accountable! Don’tfeel like you have anyone in your life who will care? Shoot me an e-mail, comment, DM, etc.
Idefinitely care and want everyone to be their version of success!
7. Progress is Perfection
Remember that it’s OK to skip a week of clean eating or to forget to do your daily craft project.We are not robots and it’s OK to take a break. I’ve learned that the most important thing is tomake sure that I don’t completely give up on a goal just because I forgot to do it like I hadoriginally planned.
With that being said, it’s also OK to revamp or eliminate a goal if after a few weeks you realizethis is not what is right for you. Life is a journey with many paths, just because you chose thewrong one does not mean you are a failure!
You’re doing great, whether you see it or not.
There you have my 7 step process for successful goal planning! What are some of the goalsyou came up with?