There are a multitude of ways to set goals and after trying many of those, this way is what has worked to say on track and current with my life priorities to keep improving and continuing to make progress.
I am a serial goal maker. About 7 years ago, after going through a major life change, I really started becoming more laser focused on my personal goals. The biggest ones revolved around my health and fitness, money, and environment.
After leaving an unhealthy relationship, I decided it was time to begin working on these areas. I honestly didn’t know what I wanted goal-wise for the long term, but I knew in the following few months, I needed to work in ways to make changes for the positive.
- I wanted to lose some weight and feel better in general
- I wanted to begin eating less processed foods
- I wanted to pay off some old debt and begin a rainy day fund of $1000
- I wanted to live in a place that felt peaceful, clean, and happy.
I started by really examining the areas that needed the most work. It seemed my health and fitness was going to be the real focus so I started setting some goals in those areas. I began with the end in mind. In other words, specifically what I wanted at the end of three months. For me it was less overwhelming to think in terms of smaller chunks of time, rather than a year down the road.
I set about ten goals around the areas I needed to focus, mostly around the health and fitness area. I then decided if I would hone in on one of the goals that would have the biggest impact on the other goals I had set, it would get me there even quicker.
I began reverse engineering those goals and started keeping them in my bullet journal and every single day, I would make sure I was working on something to get me to that one impact goal. That didn’t mean I ignored the other ten goals, but I really focused on that one and the reasons that area in my life was needing attention.
THIS WORKS Y’ALL!
The best part is at the end of each three month time frame, I start the process again and adjust as needed. I will admit I don’t meet all ten goals, but I typically mark a few off the list and make a dent in the others. In fact, sometimes goals become irrelevant and I just let them go and move on.
The key is to do the work on why those areas of life need to be prioritized. I have 5 questions I go through and from there, I make a priority statement to guide me before I ever make the goals. It is becomes my key priority and is truly my why for those particular goals.
This is now something I do each quarter. My key priority life areas have changed over the years but I can say that I have reached some major goals over these past several years and developed healthier habits in the process.
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