Do you have trouble setting goals & sticking to them? Not to sound overly awesome, but I'm reeeeally good at setting goals. I do them all the time. But as far as sticking with them? Not so much.
Now if you're a Type A, semi-OCD person like me, making lists come natural. My husband, a Type B & much more go-with-the-flow kinda guy, definitely relys on me to make the lists. So, if you're kinda like him, I have some really awesome ideas that you can use to set goals.
First up for more long term goals, such as goals you set by month or monthly steps to a year-long goal, I have a simple Monthly Goal Checklist. You can download it by clicking on the photo above or clicking here. All you need to do is write in the year, fill in the goal(s) you want to complete each month & check it off when you're complete! I use mine to set up bigger, monthly goals - like organizing the kitchen to be more functional, apply for a wholesale license, etc. Things that take a little bit of time & prep.
The second sheet I have is for more short term goals, such as goals you set by week and/or daily. You can download it by clicking on the photo above or clicking here. You can write in the current week & fill out all of the goals you have for the week as well as daily. I use this form to list what I want to accomplish during the week that do not have a deadline on a specific day in the "Weekly Goals" & the rest of my daily goals or weekly goals that need to be done on a specific day on the actual day. Easy peasy, right? Use this sheet in conjunction with your Monthly Goals to make sure you're on top of everything.
Okay, moving on to the hard part. How do you actually keep your goals? Well, I've done some research and came up with the following tips (since I'm not so good at doing it myself).
(1) Choose a specific goal carefully. You want to chose a goal that is actually attainable. Don't set yourself up for failure right out of the gate!
(2) Create an action plan & prioritize what needs to be done. This could mean setting up sub-goals monthly, weekly or daily. If you take on too much, too fast. You'll lose your drive.
(3) Set deadlines. Give yourself enough reasonable time to reach your goal. If you give yourself too much time, you'll slack off & forget why you've set your goal. If you do not give yourself enough time, you'll feel like you've failed & not continue with completing your goal.
(4) Be flexible. Be willing to make changes to your goals when priorities change. If you have a life change, be okay with re-evaluating your goals without giving up on them. Evaluate from time to time to make sure your goals are still on track with what you want.
(5) Keep accountability & find support. If your goal is something you can share with others, keep them in the loop to keep you accountable! They are also a great way to find support when you feel like giving up or lose your desire to keep going.
(6) Reward yourself! This one is my favorite. You will feel rewarded when you complete your goal, but make sure to celebrate the little wins. This will keep you motivated to keep going when you feel like what you're doing isn't worth it or if you respond better to keeping a sub-goal when there is something physical to attain.
A few examples could be the following:
What goals do you have and what tips do you have on keeping them?