Do you have a list of goals that you want to achieve?
Writing down a few specific goals and deliberately working towards them has been a big game changer for me over the last couple of years. Yet it’s also a process that I am still growing in. This past year I set 5 goals that I wanted to achieve over a 12 month period in the areas of physical fitness, my income/work, my parenting, my home, and my social life/community life. So here’s how my goal setting practice has evolved since the beginning of the year and what will help you achieve your goals.
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☀️ Write 90 Day Goals
Recently I changed from focusing on my 12 month goals to writing down 90 day goals. Why? I like to see progress and 3 months is a much shorter time frame to measure my progress. I also found it easier to plan out my action steps.
For most of us, predicting the future over 3 months is a lot easier than 12 months. So writing down 90 day goals instead means our goals are more relevant to our current circumstances. Short term goals also means we see progress and gain momentum more quickly. Hurrah!!
A Weekly Planning Review
As part of writing down and now working towards 90 day goals, I do a weekly planning review. All of us probably spend some time thinking about what we have on for the week, what meals we might cook, what we needs to be on the shopping list. However I highly recommend building in a weekly habit of reflection and planning.
My weekly review is inspired by Beth of Brilliant Business Moms. Every Saturday morning, I think back over the past week and plan for the coming week. It just happens that I have a 2 hour block of time while the kids have gymnastics lessons on Saturdays. I really look forward to having that planning time now. It makes the morning pass quicker and it gives me a head start on the coming week.
For my review I use the following headings written over 2 A5 pages (Thanks Saturday and Sunday!):
- Memories & Thanks: The big or small moments during the week I am thankful for or are highly memorable.
- Progress Towards My Goals: Most of the time this is noting the action steps I have taken towards my goals. That’s progress!!
- Struggles: Lack of sleep or tiredness features majorly in this list.
- How I Overcame Them: Actions I took during the week to address the difficulties I faced.
- Action Steps Toward My Goals: Usually 3 to 4 things that are the priority for the coming week.
- Weekly To Do: This is a brain dump for anything that might need completing in the coming week or later on. First, I go back and check through the previous week’s list for any items to transfer over though. Then write out anything that’s on my mind, big and small tasks included.
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📐Quantify What Progress Towards Your Goals Looks Like
One of the goal setting mistakes I regularly see women make (Infact, I use to do it too!) is choosing goals that are very general.
For example, “I want to get organised” or “I want to be healthy” or “My goal is to get out of debt”!
But there is a reason the best goals are SMART goals!
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time Bound!
When your goals have a specific end in mind, planning how you will measure your progress and what end result you want to achieve is a lot easier!!
This is one change I have made recently with my own personal goal setting. I now write down a measurement that I expect to see at the end of each month for that 90 day period.
For example; one of my goals this past year has been lose weight or get down to a healthy BMI.
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Step 1. I wrote down what I wanted my weight to be at the end of the first month, the second month and the third month.
Step 2. Then once a week or so, I measured what my actual weight was so that I could see whether I was on track to achieve the results I wanted.
Honestly, some weeks I did, some weeks I had gone backwards. which was frustrating!! But quantifying my progress helped me see a lot quicker what was working, what was not and what changes I needed to make to my exercise or eating in the following weeks.
When Choosing A Measurement Of Progress To Achieve Your Goals Consider:
- What kind of measurement will you use?
- Weight loss is straight forward. But how will you measure goals like “get more organised” on a weekly or monthly basis?
- Do you have all the information you need to realistically predict your progress?
- E.g. What kind of weight loss is realistic over a period of time? Or how many cupboards will I be able to declutter? How much time will each take?
“Having a written set of goals is not enough. You have to take action and then systematically measure your progress.” – Michael Hyatt
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🕰️Make Your Goals Your Most Important Daily Priority
Do you feel frustrated because you haven’t made any significant progress to achieve your goals?
Maybe it’s because too many “urgent but not important” tasks fill your days!
The truth is to successfully achieve your goals you need to take action regularly!
“Surely, it cannot be as easy as consistently (as in every day), doing a difficult, but small, concrete step toward building the long-term plan.” – Pamela Slim
Recently I realised that I was crossing a lot off my weekly and daily to-do lists and yet I felt like I wasn’t achieving anything of significance.
In fact I would get to the end of the day and feel like I had done NOTHING. When I had actually been busy all day!
Instead I was spending too much time on the “not important” activities and ignoring the more important small, action steps that would help me make progress towards my goals.
Now I Choose Action Steps Which:
- Result in the biggest amount of progress towards my goals.
- Have a very visible result to them.
- Are realistic and doable. I do this by breaking the initial steps down into smaller steps.
- Get added to my daily to-do list and I prioritise those tasks over other tasks.
- I work on these at the beginning of the week. I leave the busy tasks for the end of the week.
AND I am seeing more progress, even if sometimes it’s slow progress!
I would encourage you, if you want to achieve your goals this year consider writing 90 day goals, clarifying how you will measure your progress and taking small action steps on a daily basis!
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