It is the end of September and the official end of summer (as of last week). Now that the days will be shorter and the weather will be changing, I decided it’s time to set a vision for Fall 2014 and make some goals for the next 3 months.
I actually love setting goals. Just the act of thinking ahead and planning makes me feel like I am on the right track. I am easily distracted and have a tendency to multi-task (which neuroscience has proven is actually an ineffective and unhealthy way to work, but that is another blog post for another day!) so having a goal list helps me stay focused. I am also a bit of a Type A organization freak, so goal-setting fits right into that tendency. The whole process helps me from feeling overwhelmed and lost, which is easy to do because I have a lot going on!
Not everyone loves goal setting. A lot of my clients tell me that they get frustrated with goal setting…some find it overwhelming, some find it stressful, and others just don’t know what to do exactly. So I am going to share some simple tips on how to establish a goal-setting process to help you get organized and ready for Fall.
5 Tips for Setting Your Goals
Pick a specific period of time. For short-term goals, I like to use 3 month increments, but you can also choose to do just 1 month to start if you like.
Be specific when defining your goal. Do you have healthy living goals? Or maybe you are trying to achieve a milestone at work? Or maybe you have multiple goals? Whatever the case may be, write down each goal separately and the time frame that you want to give yourself. To ensure success, it is important to be realistic with your goals. For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds, it is more realistic to plan that over a period of 3 months rather than 3 weeks.
Personalize your Goal-setting setup. I myself am not very fancy, I just write mine in a Microsoft Word document lol. It is saved to my hard drive and I check it every month. But everyone is different. Some people like to create boards for their walls with lots of colors and bling. Others like to use apps on their phones. And still others prefer using journals and/or planners. Pick the format that works for YOU – and have fun with it!
Keep it simple and measurable. For example, one of my goals from the previous goal setting session was to complete 3 pages for my website. I included an exact number and didn’t go into too much detail to avoid overwhelming myself.
The most important part of the goal-setting process: your goals can change! Try not to view your goals as rigid and absolute,instead think of this more as a flowing, flexible process. I didn’t complete every goal I set for myself, and that’s ok. Life happens, things change, and I adapt my goal setting process accordingly. Each month I take a look at the list, check off what’s been done, review what has not been done, and then reformat as needed. The most important aspect of goal-setting is the process, not necessarily the end results. Being flexible helps you to maintain your vision and achieve long-term success.
I would love to hear how you like to practice goal-setting.
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