Since January is "Get Organized Month" and goal setting is a major part of getting organized, I wanted to share with you a collection of what Professional Organizers have learned when it comes to Setting Goals.
For me, goal setting is a task that helps me get focused on what I want and forces me to see the steps to complete the goal. Even if I don't succeed at the goal, I find it useful because it gets me closer to it. And, I can try next year again. These tips help keep the goal real and down-to-earth. I hope these tips give you clarity on your goal.
How To Create An Achievable Goal
Tip 1: Pick only one or two goals for the year. The fewer goals you have, the easier it will be to reach the goals.
Think small to achieve big things, by concentrating on a few goals more effort will be put into each one, with big results. ~ Jill Robson
Tip 2: Pick a goal that is important to you. Not all goals will be met so pick the one that has the highest priority.
Know your "why" and make sure it's something truly important to you. We typically create goals because we believe they are progressing towards a bigger ambition. If we're really not committed to that bigger ambition, it's harder to keep the focus on the goal along the way. "The Five Whys" is a great exercise to help flush out the purpose and intention behind the goal. ~ Kathy Vines
Create a goal meaningful to you, then break it down into bite-sized pieces so it's obtainable. ~ Crystal Debrito Barton
This was advice I gave to myself. 'Make sure your goals are Measurable, Meaningful and Motivating.' For me, it spoke volumes personally and professionally. ~ Sandy Butler
Tip 3: Now, write down the specific steps to achieve the goal. Hang it in an area of your home to remind you and everyone who lives with you, your goal. Make sure the specific steps are listed out and are added to your calendar using a recurring appointment. So, wherever you are, you will always remember your steps.
Many times we try to achieve goals that are broad such as "lose weight." Instead, we need to be specific and include a time frame. "I will lose 10 pounds by March 1st." Furthermore, we need to develop actionable steps to make those goals become a reality. So, for someone who wants to lose weight maybe those actionable steps are 1) exercise 3 times a week 2) do not eat after dinner 3) plan healthy snacks." ~ Daria Harvey
Be specific. Vague goals like "exercise regularly" are too easy to procrastinate and rationalize away. Instead, make it a goal to "Join a gym and take a class every Tuesday and Thursday evening." ~ Seana Turner
Tip 4: Then, ask yourself, "what will be my reward for reaching this goal?" It can be an activity or a thing. Some examples are buying you a new fancy dress or going to the play with a family member. Don't forget to write the answer down on your goals paper after the steps.
Be sure to have a reward planned for once you reach a goal. Yes, the satisfaction of achieving the goal is nice, but adding a little chocolate, new sneakers or a movie date to sweeten the pot never hurts the motivation! ~ Sarah Soboleski
I hope these tips and the advice from these wonderful contributors help you accomplish your goals this year. Feel free to visit their websites by clicking on the name or the image.
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