Confession: I’m high-key into goal setting. Even if you’re not a fan of New Years Resolutions, you can set goals anytime during the year to help you continue striving to be a better version of yourself! Here are a few ways that I like to set goals and prioritize what’s most important so that I can go on livin la vida loca…. stick around until the end to read my goals for 2017!
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- What do you want?
- What will make you the happiest, best version of yourself?
- How can you get here?
Set smart goals
You may have heard about the acronym SMART a thousand times before or this may be the first time! Either way, I think this is the best system for helping you not only set your goals but ACHIEVE them! Because, hellllllooooo, that’s the point.
Specific – I like to start with a general goal or focus, and then break it down into smaller parts. Or set goals that are specific to different parts of your life.
Measurable/meaningful – We set goals for ourselves because they are meaningful. Think about how those meaningful goals can be measured. Will you start by running one mile, then up your mileage? Read every day? Do yoga two times per week?
Achievable/action-oriented – Don’t forget to include approachable, actionable tasks along the way to reaching your goals. Write a list of things you need to do to get there. Maybe those things become your weekly or daily goals.
Realistic/relevant – Take a second to think hard about what can realistically fit into your life. If it doesn’t make sense for you to jump into a total lifestyle change 100%, think about easing yourself in.
Time-based/trackable – Is there a deadline for your goal, like a race or application date? Could you set your own deadlines or checkpoints? This year I’m also putting more focus on tracking my goals using a habit tracker.
Create a focus
Have you ever thought about creating a focus for your year, month, week, etc? Last year was the first year I created a focus word for my year – ambition- and I’m following suit with a focus for 2017 as well…. this year my goals are centered around my focus. More on that here!
Break it down
Sometimes our goals can seem daunting. To avoid feeling overwhelmed by my goals, I like to break them down.
Pick about 3 of your goals and break them down into monthly focuses. Think, which goals should I be building upon most this month? If you know you have big events or deadlines specific months, scribble that in as a focus ahead of time so you can be prepared. Otherwise, these can basically progress over the year.
THEN break those monthly focuses into actionable weekly goals. I pretty much give myself a break from trying to be a productive human being on the weekend so I try to limit it to 5 at the absolute most.
Every day, try to do at least one thing to get you toward your weekly/monthly goals and you know you’re on the right track!
How do you want to feel at the end of the year looking back? You can visualize this in many ways- a journal entry, painting, vision board, writing down your goals, whatever. As mentioned in the No Meat Athlete podcast on New Year’s Resolutions, “we are all looking for a profound, joyful life.” Allow yourself the time and space to think about what that means for you and what’s necessary for YOUR best life.
So often we set goals or say we want to do something and then never think about it again. To best reach our goals, we must track and reflect on our progress.
And, sometimes, life happens and we get off track with our goals. Goals are centered around becoming happier, healthier, and more vibrant… not to make ourselves miserable. It’s okay to adjust your goals, when necessary.
I’ve never tried one before but this past month I created a habit tracker which I pasted into my planner. I think for now I want to basically have a visual (and colorful) way to track how often I’m doing certain habits already. I’m excited to see how it goes!
Analyze your results and/or reflect on your progress. Are you on the right track? If not, acknowledge that you have the courage to TRY and then decide what needs to be changed: the way you’re going about the goal, or the goal itself.
Keep your goals in the foreground of your life. Ask yourself everyday “what can I do right now to start the ball rolling today and get one step closer to my goal?” I know it’s easier said than done but when we continuously remind ourselves of the bigger picture, and then think about how we can take small steps to get there, the task doesn’t seem so daunting.
Maybe staying inspired means jamming to your favorite playlist, slapping some sticky notes up on your mirror, sharing your progress with others, or rewarding yourself for reaching small goals along the way.
My goals + projects for 2017
- Get a teaching internship at a school with a large Spanish-speaking population
- Begin the process for Spanish certification
- Study for + pass 2 Praxis tests
- Bring my guitar into school more often (aka more than the 4 times I played it at school in 2016)
- Run 1 race each month in 2017 #raceeverymonth2017
- Do yoga at least once per week
- Try out a new pole fitness studio
Set up + organize craft closet in office
- Organize pantry + spice cabinet
- Bunny + puppy proof the apartment
- Put up a curtain in the pet room
- Read 24+ books (not including textbooks)
- Create SOMETHING daily
- Finish writing + record a song with more than one instrument
- Save up for a new drone
- Visit a state I’ve never been to
- Get into a consistent posting schedule of 1-2 days per week
- Try to write (even a little bit) 5 days per week
- Write a guest post for another blogger
- Make enough $ from my blog to lessen the loan I take out for school
What are the goals you’ve been working toward?