In Sunday’s post I talked about the things I’d like to do and achieve this year, and to draw on from that, I thought that today I would write up some tips and tricks for successful goal setting:
1. Make them specific.
It’s incredibly important to set goals which you know how you want to go about achieving. It’s actually incredibly easy to set goals that you think make sense but in reality, they’re actually quite vague. For instance, you might set a goal such as ‘be healthier’, but really, what does ‘being healthy’ mean to you? Sound familiar? Laying out exactly what you mean with each goal is a really simple way to break down a goal into something specific, and so achievable, in your mind.
2. Know the importance of planning.
I love planning, and I’m so glad that I do because it’s so useful when it comes to setting attainable goals. This also draws on my first point about being specific – planning becomes a lot easier when you can pin point the stepping stones towards achieving your targets. It also means you can place everything on a time scale, and this works especially well if you’re a visual person. Of course, try not to be too rigid though – things do sometimes get in the way and your planning should allow for that!
3. Keep them measurable.
Long term goals are great in the long run, but a really great way to keep focused on them is to keep them measurable. This allows you to stay time-specific, so you can record your progress as the year goes on. For example, I’ve done this for my blogging related goals this year: I have a big number goal in mind on all my social platforms, but also smaller goals which encourage me to stay on track and keep me motivated.
4. Be realistic.
Oh, this one is a bit of a tricky one. It can be really hard to find that fine line between being too optimistic and not optimistic enough. The way I try and set realistic goals is by measuring up my plan of action – hence me mentioning to keep things measurable. If I can see my progress throughout the year, it becomes easier to gauge where I’m headed, and what a reasonable and realistic goal would be for me.
5. Hold yourself accountable.
This one is good for when you need a little motivation. Reminding yourself why you’re working towards a certain goal can be tricky at times, but it’s incredibly important. I find one of the best ways to do this is to look back at what I’ve already achieved – and I mean on a really regular basis. If I’m constantly being grateful for how far I’ve come, it often ends up pushing me towards working even harder. Try it, it works wonders.
I hope you’ve all had a great start to the new year!