Until recently, I was never someone who made goals. I just flip-flopped through life doing things on a whim or because someone else told me I’d be good at that.
And how did that make me feel?
Setting goals is so important for our personal development.
Goals provide us with purpose, and when done right, they are the foundation of our day to day schedules.
Being able to work towards something every day, not only gives us the motivation we need to keep moving forward but also allows us to become the best version of ourselves.
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After I returned home from 1 and a half years of travelling, I started to look at my future. Where did I want to be 5 years from now? How did I want to feel 3 years from now? What did I want to be doing 1 year from now?
From this vision, I was able to make a list of short-term goals to start working towards and that constant feeling of being lost was soon replaced with ambition.
Goal planning has since become the norm for me and I’m even becoming more confident when I set myself goals and more optimistic knowing I can achieve them.
P.S. If you’re a planner lover like me then check out this post on why planning the night before is my ultimate productivity hack!
Why we struggle to achieve our goals
There are many factors why we don’t achieve our goals. Sometimes we don’t make the goal realistic enough to reach or we make it too difficult for ourselves.
Sometimes the goal that we are trying to work towards just doesn’t feel right and so we spend hours procrastinating instead.
Or maybe it’s because we’re not motivated enough or we simply don’t know how to progress towards them.
But here’s the truth – achieving your goals doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, when done right, it can be super easy to reach them!
6 tips to help you easily reach your goals
1. Set quarterly goals
First of all, I recommend setting quarterly goals. Having a long-term vision is great but planning your goals per quarter rather than yearly makes them more manageable and less overwhelming.
Working towards 2-3 goals in 3 months is also a lot more effective for your productivity than trying to achieve a countless number of goals in 12 months and getting lost in the process.
2. Set the right goals
Ever wondered why you lack motivation and spend hours procrastinating on your goals? It’s because you’re not setting the right goals.
Make sure your goals are in line with the life you want and not what you think you should achieve because society tells you it’s the norm. It’ll make your life a heck of a lot easier in the long run.
3. Write them down
Being able to visually see your goal and read it out loud makes it real. Remind yourself of your goals daily to keep you motivated and more likely to take action.
4. Use the SMART Method
The reason why most people don’t stick to their goals is because they’re not smart enough with them (see what I did there). Instead of mindlessly setting goals for the sake of it, use the SMART method to define your goal in more detail and gain clarity on your action plan.
5. Break them down
Looking at big goals can be slightly overwhelming and scary – cue the self-doubt. Break them down into manageable sized chunks to allow you to easily process what needs to be done and what steps you need to take to get there.
PRO TIP: Along with writing down your action plan, make a note of any obstacles that could potentially arise so you can feel even more prepared and ready to take on your goal.
6. Track Progress
Here comes the fun part! A lot of our motivation comes from seeing results. Use a tracker to visually view your progress and keep that momentum going.
While it’s important to focus on our goals, nothing is set in stone. Sometimes certain things happen that are out of our control (corona I’m talking about you). It’s important to be open-minded and flexible when it comes to our goals in case plans have to change.
And also remember that our goals might change too. We are constantly growing as individuals. If you are no longer inspired by a certain goal, then that’s ok.
The trick is to stay flexible and don’t beat yourself up if things don’t go according to plan.
Until next week,
♡ Thalia xx
The Productivity Bundle
If you need further help to make goal planning even easier then check out my very own Goal Planner which is included in The Productivity Bundle.
With the Goal Planner, you can intentionally map out your goals, track progress, reflect on what worked and what didn’t and gain the momentum you need to keep working towards your goals.
Find out more by tapping the link below.