Hi lovely readers! We hope the New Year has started beautifully for you all and that you are charging on with your personal New Year’s resolutions and goals. We know you are set out to achieve great things! If you haven’t already, have a look through our New Year post, Your Ultimate Guide on How to Plan for the New Year. We give you amazing tips on how to make the best out of this New Year. Now, some of you may find yourself falling short on your goals, or that your resolutions have started to slip away… don’t worry, it happens to a lot of us at the best of times.
To us, goals are crucial to every-day life. Although we may not write down every single goal, we take mental notes. Some goals are big, some are small… and some are really confusing. However, sometimes when we don’t write down our goals they lose priority or simply are forgotten altogether. Think of it this way, before you go on a trip you make a mental note about what to pack… but once you get to your destination you realise you forgot one little thing. Now, had you written your list out you wouldn’t have forgotten anything! With a list of items to pack you arrive at your destination with everything you need to enjoy your time, the same goes for goals.
You can keep yourself accountable and track your goals by taking pen to paper. Write down everything you want to achieve. The results? More productivity and increased chances of success in achieving your goals.
How exactly can you make those previous goals (or new ones) and resolutions actually work for you? By making them S.M.A.R.T. action goals; goals that work for you. Now, we didn’t come up with the concept of S.M.A.R.T. goals. The acronym first appeared in the 1981 issues of Management Review. However, we’re going to show you how to implement them into your goal setting so you feel more productive and achieve more… have a look below:
You may be thinking some of your goals don’t fit into all the criteria of being S.M.A.R.T. That’s okay.
The most crucial aspects of setting a goal, in our opinion, is that it is specific enough to be achieved in an allocated time, as well as being realistic. Without giving yourself a timely limit, you may start to feel helpless and that you’ll never achieve your goal. Having a timely limit and tracking your goal will see yourself feeling that you are making progress and on your way to achieving your goal! Unrealistic goals will make you feel defeated more than successful and we don’t want that. So, make sure your goals are also realistic and relevant to your current situation.
What’s next for your goals?
Look back at your New Year’s resolutions and see if you can make them into a S.M.A.R.T. action goal. They don’t need to fit all the criteria, but you can follow the guidelines and make your goal more specific and timely. Not sure how to write them out? Join today to gain access to this free printable!
When looking back at previous goals you’ve made, you may start to think that they are too big… one that isn’t realistic or timely. Don’t panic. Keep the same goal, but break it down into smaller more realistic timely steps. They will seem much more achievable and again, it increases your chances of reaching the bigger goal without overstepping your deadline.
Lastly, what good is a goal if you don’t keep track? Do you take down mental notes of a goal… do you also take down mental notes on days you’ve worked on your goal? If you write them out (with our new free printables) do you keep track or go back and look? No? Then start to! You need to keep yourself accountable and make sure you are taking the steps necessary to achieve them. This is where a vision board will be your greatest asset, not sure how to make a vision board – stay tuned for future articles about vision board design!
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Amanda & Julia xx