How To Set Goals

How do you set goals?

Goal setting is not just for the beginning of a new year. We all know too well how priorities and circumstances can shift at any time. That's why it's important to know how to set goals, adjust your plans, and stay on track, month to month, year to year. Here are our top tips for easy, effective goal setting.

1. Write down your goals in a planner.

You’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down, and there is no better way to keep track of your life and stay organized than with a planner.

For strictly setting and achieving goals, we recommend our goal-specific PetitePlanner Goal Setting Journal. This practical and portable pocket planner is designed to help you break down the necessary tasks and to-dos in achieving a goal. From logging benchmarks to checking in, this essential Goal Setting Journal will have you reaching new milestones and setting new limits in no time!

For higher-level life planning, you’ll want to check out our best-selling LifePlanner™. Whether you’re setting financial, professional or personal goals, it’s easier to stay on track with everything in one place. Monthly overview pages let you make a game plan for the month ahead, while our weekly layouts help you tackle each week. 12 “mini months” at the front of the book are the perfect space to set a goal for each month of the year, so it’s easier than ever to plan out your dreams.

2. Start with one or two main goals.

Don’t overwhelm yourself by setting an unattainable list of items you’d love to see happen. Prioritize one or two main goals, then develop action items to accompany them. After writing down your goals in your planner, organize and actualize them with realistic action steps. While it may seem difficult to do when you have a list of resolutions, it’s important to understand and rank which you need to emphasize.

3. Set achievable & measurable benchmarks.

If you’re focusing on wellness goals, make them about improving overall wellness and then set achievable and measurable benchmarks to accompany that goal. For example, “drink 8 glasses of water per day” or “go to the gym twice per week.” By defining and writing down specific ways you can reach your goals, it will be easier to track your progress! Make sure you aren’t setting yourself up to fail by setting benchmarks that are unattainable! You can always readjust your goals to fit once you see how well it all balances.

4. Be prepared. With goals come obstacles.

It’s easy to feel discouraged or beaten down, so prepare for and anticipate bumps on your path to achieving your goals. Plan ahead and schedule ways around obstacles and time to recharge or recover from scaling hurdles.

For example, set aside time to meditate, socialize, reset your mindset with a motivational conference or simply get more sleep! If you anticipate and prepare for moments of discouragement, you can readily get your goals back on track!

5. Enhance your goals with color and inspiration!

Setting goals is one thing, but sticking to them is another! Add festive pops of color, inspirational quotes, fun stickers and pictures to your planning so you can stay positive and focus on the fun!

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