As you may have noticed, I love writing goals. Even more so, I love seeing good goals carried out. So why, you may ask, do I give goal setting so much attention? Well, simply it's because human beings are fickle. I'm fickle. I don't know if it's my personality or just crazed hormones. One day I'm completely motivated. The next day... well, I'm not. So every January, on a day when my thinking is clear and my emotions are in check, I set goals for the year. Goals that keep me focused on what matters. Goals that get me where I want to be. That way when the winter blues set in or the summer sun sidetracks me, I have a list that prioritizes my efforts and grounds my thoughts. These goals aren't just career driven as they once were. Now they're aimed towards building a grace-filled home and a Christ-centered life.
So if you dig deep and find you are fickle-natured like me, I challenge you to give goal setting a go! Here are five steps to help you write good goals and create a life you love:
Before you start writing down goals, first let’s take inventory: where are you in life and where do you want to go? How did last year go? What worked—and what didn’t? What do you want 2017 to look like? Which habits (good or bad) need some attention? This is the time to be honest with yourself.
Tools to get you started:
Scribble down everything you want to do this week, month, and year. Get it all out of your head and onto paper. And… go! Once you’ve got that done, sift through all your ideas and determine if they are worth pursuing in 2017.
Tool to get you started:
3. Write It Down
So you’ve thought about what’s worked and what hasn’t in the past. You’ve also brainstormed. Now it’s time to take your ideas and transform them into goals. Put them down in ink and take ownership for your goals! And, remember to make them “S.M.A.R.T.Y.” (Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, Time-Bound, Yours!).
Tool to get you started:
4. Make Progress
Now that your goals are written down, it’s time to make progress on your goals.
First put them where you can see them:
Then work on them little by little! Every bit of effort adds up.
This year I finally broke down and bought the Powersheets Intentional Goal Planner by Lara Casey after a little nudging by Anna from Spunky Sapphire Events. And I haven't regretted it. Besides its playful design and adorable stickers, this goal planner gets you really thinking about what matters most and motivating you to action! My Powersheets are already helping me make progress on my yearly goals using the "Tending List."
If you're interested in snagging your own Powersheets, Lara Casey currently has select six-month workbooks on preorder (to be shipped late 2017) for a limited time! Now, I'm not sponsored to say any of this, but if you think this will be a useful tool, go ahead and place your order!
But remember—you don't need this fancy planner to work through these five steps and write out good goals. Just take your list of 2017 goals and break them down into monthly, weekly, and daily goals and make some progress!
This last step might be a no-brainer, but this is me officially giving you (and I) permission to create imperfect goals. Then if you have to, redo any goals as needed throughout the year. If your goals still matter to you, keep them. But if they are causing you unnecessary anxiety with limited joy, rewrite, overhaul, or even throw the goals out. (This isn't being fickle...I promise!) I'll be doing this at least three times this year at the beginning of each season.
Now it's your turn! Have you given goal-setting a try in the past? How are you trying to do 2017 different? Let me know in the comment section below!
Hi! I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like! I'm so glad you're here.
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