Setting a goal is more than jotting a note down on a sticky note or adding it to your notes on your phone! Goal setting allows you to accomplish bigger results in less time. On top of that you can reduce stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed. It helps you increase your time management, enhance your decision making skills, improve your focus, and develop stronger productivity skills. Essentially, you take your long-term vision and break it into short term measurable goals. This will help you narrow down your focus for each day making it easier to reach those goals!
- You don’t set any deadlines for your goals
- Your goals are not realistic
- Your goals are not measurable
Let’s talk about two effective ways you can change this! I think using both systems together can make a big difference.
S- Specific: General goals are just a dream. You must be specific so that you can stay clear and focused on the goal.
M- Measurable: The outcome of the goal must be measurable, either a number or an event.
A- Achievable: Many people don't accomplish their goals because they are so focused on the end result they don't consider what it actually takes. This is where you take your vision and break it into short term goals.
R-Realistic: I know people say nothing is impossible (and this can be true) but for the time you allow to accomplish this goal make sure it is possible.
T- Timely: There must be a specific deadline attached to your SMART goals. Whether this is 7 days, a month or 90 days.
Creating S.M.A.R.T goals provides you with direction, focus, and motivation. It clarifies what matters to you the most and provides a clear and measurable road map to success. You literally are tracking your progress from start to finish. Now let’s dive into the second system.
Now that you have more insight into goal planning it’s time to take action. Get out your notebook or planner and begin mapping out your vision. StickWithCatie has created a monthly goals kit (Each month will have a new theme) to help you stay motivated and creative! Click the link below to check it out!