That moment is arrived, that “Omg, another year is coming to an end, ALREADY!!” is here, can you believe it? I imagine most of you will agree that it’s in these kind of moments that you really realise how time flies! I don’t know you but in my case, this moment brings at the same time new energy and inspiration to start the following year in the best way. In the end, “every end brings with it a fresh start” right? 😉
If you’re reading my blogs since a while now I think you’ll know that I’m definitely a goal person. And if you didn’t yes, I’m one of those people who writes down it’s goals, list, thing to do, whatever “organisational” thing you can write down, I do it. I see it as a way to being more motivated and focused, especially in those moments where motivation lacks.
Because of this, I thought about doing a post where I share some tips about how I organise my goals so that anyone who might struggle with this, can take it as example or inspiration plusss there’s a little surprise for you: I made a PRINTABLE which you can use as template where to write your goals down which I hope it’ll be useful! 🙂 But let’s start with the suggestions first:
1 | WRITE THEM DOWN
As mentioned earlier I find writing my goals down very useful and practical. I usually write them in my agenda so that I always “have them with me” or in case modify them.
2 | WRITE GENERAL ONES FIRST
I believe goals are a process, and as every process it’s made by little steps. Because of this, I always to a little brainstorming of my general goals and then under each “main goal” I write a sub list of smaller goals I have to achieve in order to achieve the main one. For example, a main goal could be “To find a job” but, finding a job implies smaller steps before such as writing a proper CV and applying to jobs, so these ones would appear as a short list under the main goal.
3 | DEFINE A CHECKING TIME
Okay, now you have your general goals and your tactics to achieve them. And yes, your “time frame” is 2017 but one year is long and it could happen that without having a deadline your mind would always tell you “well, you still have time, it’s just February…March…June…” and then it’s November and you realise in one month the year is over! So what about setting checking times? For example
Main Goal: “To find a job by July 2017”
Tactic 1: Writing a proper CV by the end of January
Tactic 2: Applying to Jobs by half March
4 | THE MORE SPECIFIC, THE BETTER
Especially when writing down Tactics, that are the little steps which will help you reach your main goal, the specific you are in writing them the better you’ll be able to check and track how you are doing with it. For example, you could say “Applying to at least 5 job offers by half March”, so not only you have a time frame but you also have a quantitative parameter you can relay on.
5 | GIVE YOURSELF MARGIN
Having strict deadlines leads always to a bit of pressure, which yes, it’s good to have motivation but at the same time it could bring stress and worry, which will definitely not help you to achieve your goals. This is why, I always give myself a time “margin” when writing down my goals, I usually write down a date a bit earlier so that I know I still have a range of time to complete the task. Now, I know that many people are more of “last minute workers” and are actually more productive when the deadline is near so this is totally up to you to decide weather to write down a “real date” or a “margin date” 😉
6 | BE OBJECTIVE
Now, when thinking about your goals and tactics you also have to be objective on what really depends on yourself and what not, otherwise you could find yourself being upset for not achieving a goal that didn’t really depend on how much effort you’ve put on.In the case of the “Finding a job” goal for example, stating “attending at least 3 interviews” could not really be convenient. This because attending an interview depends weather the company calls you or not and you don’t really have a security about that.
I hope you’ll find these points useful and as incentive to track a path make your goals come true! 😉
Annnnnnd now, as promised, here is the PRINTABLE which you can use as template where to write your goals down (already divided in all the sections earlier mentioned 😉 ): my-2017-goals
Happy new goals, Happy new you, Happy new year!!
What about you? Do normally write down your goals and do you have any special technique to do it? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂