Step 1 – Choose Focus Areas
Go back to your list of priorities. Now pick at least one thing you want to focus on for each of your priority areas. You can definitely choose more, but it is totally up to you as far as what you think you can handle. I think one is a good place to start then you can add more if you feel ready to take on the extra commitment.
You can always work on one goal and then move on to another if that works best for you. This doesn’t have to be a mile long list of your life’s goals, just specifically what you want to focus on right now. I do believe in having long term life goals, but that is another topic for another day.
It may also depend on each priority whether you may need to have more goals. For example, my Priorities are; spiritual health, strengthening my marriage, physical health, homemaking, blogging and emotional/mental health. I may only have one goal to focus on at a time for physical health but I will likely have more in the area of blogging because it has more to do with my daily tasks.
So for my focus areas I am choosing; time with God, dating/spending time my husband, healthier eating habits, scheduling my homemaking duties, being consistent with posting on the blog and social media and schedule some me-time every week.
Step 2 – Write out Specific Goals
Now that you have your focus areas chosen, pick at least one specific goal for each area. You will notice that my focus areas could be general goals, but the key here is to make them specific which is why this next step is required. Also, I highly encourage you to actually write these out so you can track your progress.
I found this quote that I think helps sum up the reasons for having written goals:
“Write it down. Written goals have a way of transforming wishes into wants; cant’s into cans; dreams into plans; and plans into reality. Don’t just think it – ink it!” – Unknown
Try to make some long-term and short term goals so that you have a more immediate goal and something to work toward.
So here are mine:
- Time with God
- Make time with God a priority every morning. To do this I plan to choose a daily bible study that is at least 30 days long. This way I will have a specific plan of what to study for one month.
- Write prayers in my journal daily so that I can look back on them and see how God has worked in my life each year.
- Dating/spending time with my husband
- Plan at least one date night away from home each month.
- Plan to spend at least 10 hours a week specifically devoted to him without other distractions.
- Physical Health
- Plan meals and snacks for every week so that I have healthy food options in the house.
- Plan to eat three meals a day and two small snacks. Do not skip breakfast.
- Homemaking Duties
- Clean the kitchen every night after dinner.
- Wash laundry two days a week.
- Vacuum and dust once a week.
- Blog and social media consistency
- Schedule at least three relevant and encouraging posts on Facebook and Twitter.
- Share my posts every day on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
- Use my editorial blog calendar to create a posting schedule. Have the schedule done no later than the Friday of the previous week.
- Pick a crochet project to have done within two weeks.
- Read three books next month. One for professional growth, one for personal/spiritual growth and one for fun.
Step 3 – Break Down Large Goals into Smaller Chunks
Break down larger goals into smaller chunks is important to they are more manageable. For example if you want to lose 10 pounds in 3 months that would mean you would need to lose about a pound a week, give or take. Just be careful not to break it down too much if it will make it overwhelming. It would be a bit much to try to lose .14 pounds a day.
Take a look at your goals and decide whether it is a yearly, monthly, weekly or daily goal.
This is how I broke down my goals:
- Yearly goals:
- Write daily prayers for a year so I can look back on it the next year.
- Work through 12 different bible studies.
- Plan 12 away from home date nights.
- Monthly goals:
- One bible study a month.
- One date might away from home a month.
- Read three books.
- Weekly Goals:
- Plan free time into my schedule to spend with my husband every week.
- Complete my household tasks each week.
- Complete my blog post schedule each week.
- Get at least half of crochet project done in a week.
- Daily Goals:
- Schedule social media posts everyday.
- Have time with God everyday.
- Eat well everyday.
- Read for one hour before bed each night.
Step 4 – Act on Your Goals
The process of setting goals requires just a few steps. But you won’t ever achieve your goals without proper discipline and determination. You need the will to win, to want it bad enough that you’ll whatever it takes to achieve it. Setting goals is a great step but you won’t ever get anywhere if you don’t take action.
I know it can be overwhelming when trying to set goals for the first time but don’t let that keep you from doing it. Goal setting can be an excellent tool to motivate you and help you become more disciplined. If goal setting seems like too large of a task for you, then take it one small thing at a time, even if you just set one goal it’s better than no goals.
It is also important to have accountability, whether it’s to a friend, spouse, family member or even an online group. Also remember that accountability is only as successful as you are honest, so be real and open about your struggles. If you don’t do this the accountability is useless
Lastly, don’t be afraid to fail or let one slip up deter you getting back up. The important thing is that you learn from your mistakes, pick yourself up and keep moving forward.
Money Saving Mom is a huge proponent for making goals. In fact she often does goal updates on her blog. So I wanted to share a couple of great posts she has done about goals.
1. How to Change Your Life By Setting Goals including a free printable to help you when writing out your goals.
The next part of the series will cover putting your goals into practice using strategies for effective time management and finding schedule or routine that works for you.
Do you have any tips for setting and sticking with your goals?
What is one goal that you are currently working on?