I hope you’re enjoying all the great posts from our contributors about meeting your goals. Each one has given us some great advice, wouldn’t you say? Well, our next contributor is also knocking it out of the park. Here is Shann Eva’s post about how to reach your goals.
Take it away Shann!
With the start of a new year, many people focus on resolutions. There are always a ton of people in the gym, many starting new diets, and even some setting a new budget. I’ve never stuck to a single resolution that I’ve made, so instead I focus on making goals.
I’m going to share my secrets for how to create goals that you’re able to accomplish. So, toss out your resolutions, and let’s get started.
- Start Small
When I’m thinking of my goals, I don’t focus on something for the whole year. Instead, I break mine down into monthly goals. This shorter chunk of time allows me to really focus on what can be achieved in about 4 weeks. It’s much easier for me to think in the short-term.
- Think even smaller
Again, you want to make your goals manageable, so don’t come up with too many. I usually come up with about 5 or 6 goals for the month.
- Think categories
I break my small goals into a few different categories. Here are the categories I use, but feel free to tailor them to your own specific needs.
- Health goal (drinking more water, losing 2 lbs)
- Money goal (save $10 a week)
- Family goal (have one family outing)
- Couples goal (go on 1 date night)
- Work goal (write at least 3 blog posts a week)
- Keep yourself accountable
I keep myself accountable by writing down my goals, and publishing them on my blog. If you don’t have a blog, you can still write them down, and show your partner or a friend. I then check-in with myself (and on my blog) mid-month to make sure I’m on the right track.
- Reward yourself
Once you’ve reached your goals at the end of the month, do something special for yourself. Buy that new planner you’ve had your eye on. Go to the movies. Have a drink with a friend.
With these simple steps, you will be goal setting and achieving in no time. If you don’t accomplish all of your goals each month, don’t be too hard on yourself. There’s always next month!
Over to You
What are some of the things you do to help reach your goals? Let’s get the conversations started in the comments section below.
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