How to set a goal.
First of all, before we talk about how to actually stick to the goal you have set yourself, is this: how to set an achievable goal?
We recommend using the SMART goal acronym to ensure your goal is going to work for you!
SMART goals are:
Specific: Well defined, clear, and unambiguous.
Measurable: With specific criteria that measure your progress towards the accomplishment of the goal.
Achievable: Attainable and not impossible to achieve.
Realistic: Within reach, realistic, and relevant to your life purpose.
Timely: With a clearly defined timeline, including a starting date and a target date. The purpose is to create urgency.
Try and think of a goal now that you might have in mind for 2020. Keep this in the front of your mind as you read through our 3 tips for goal setting!
3 essential goal-setting activities to try today.
Why should you be thinking about goal setting activities?
When you have set a goal that is so big, it seems to take over your life, you quickly find yourself wondering, how do you make it fit into your day to day plans, whilst still getting closer to reaching it?
We have outlined 3 simple steps to take to make sure you set yourself an achievable goal, and can once again find structure and clarity in your daily life.
Break it down and write it down
When you have set a goal that seems SO big, for example, running a marathon, it appears so unattainable that you are more likely to give it up as every day passes. Progress is slow and it seems like you’re never going to get there.
This is so important: break it down and write it down.
Any goal can be broken down into smaller steps. A marathon is a relatively easy goal to break down (complete 3km, then next week 5km, next week 7km and so on), but you can apply this to anything. This is where your goal setting comes into play.
Want to become more minimalist in your home? Start by writing down the steps to how you will do this, for example, singling out anything in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn in the last 6 months. Put them aside. If you don’t wear them in the next 6 months, they have to go! Move onto the bathroom cupboard, and then the kitchen cupboards. Step by step, getting closer to your big goal.
Takeaway Tip: It just takes a bit of thought and planning. Goal setting by writing it down, step by step, makes your goal look and feel much less scary, even if it still is uncomfortable.
2. Assign time or money to help set your goal.
This one can be difficult not only for you but at times, it can be frustrating for others around you. Let’s take the example of setting a goal of saving a deposit for a house. We all know how big and scary that one is these days. But with the right direction, advise and frugality, it can be done!
However, some adjustments in other areas of your life may need to be made. Less eating out with friends. Hunting for bargains when Christmas shopping. Making fun family activities at home instead of going out.
Life doesn’t have to be boring when you’re saving, you just need to be smart about it, create a budget you can stick to, and remember that it is ok to be laser-focused (some would call it selfish) for the goal you have set.
If a goal is worth getting excited about, then it is worth sticking to, and making those changes to reach it.
3. How to remind yourself that your goal will benefit you in the long run.
This is all about your mindset. Keeping your eye on the prize.
There is a reason you wanted this and set a goal for it in the first place. What is the reason? Write it down and stick it somewhere you can see it every day.
Maybe you are investing in yourself through education and enrolling in a year-long business management course. Why? What do you want it for? Remember that reason. You set yourself this goal to benefit you!
Takeaway Tip: Create little reminders in your phone to pop up at the start of every week, place a note in the visor of your car, tell all your family and friends what your reason is, to hold yourself accountable.
Easy Goal Setting Activities
To give you an idea of what a big goal might look like, I have included some examples below - obviously, they are going to be very different for each person! So I would love to hear some of yours!
Small: Exercise/go outside for a walk at least 4 times this week.
Big: Lose 5kgs in 3 months
Big: Run a marathon in the next nine months.
Small: Saving for a lavish birthday dinner for a partner/friend.
Big: Saving for a house.
Small: Beginners course to learn Spanish
Big: Enrol in a 12 month business management course.
Small: Eating dinner together every night for a week - with no phones at the table!
Big: Volunteer once a month for a year as a family.
Small: Organise your office just how you like it by the end of the week.
Big: Map out a yearly business marketing plan.
Small: Declutter your bathroom cupboard.
Big: Turn your house into a minimalist’s dream.
Run wild with these easy goal-setting activities
So let’s break down the 3 goal-setting activities have talked about.
- Break it down and write it down
- You need to assign time or money to make your goal work
- Always remind yourself about the benefit of achieving your goal
With these three steps, you give yourself structure, clarity and peace of mind. Setting your goal and actually sticking to it will be a breeze!
To get you into gear with your goal setting, grab yourself a gorgeous LBD Daily or Weekly Planner or a Padtastic Notebook and start jotting down those ideas, and use our three tips for goal setting to make sure you are on the right track!