Tomorrow is the first Monday of September! Can you believe it? I hope you enjoy it, whatever you are doing on Labor Day. As for me, I’ll be at my first official shift in my new job as the Costume Shop Manager at King’s Island, a local amusement park. Wish me luck!
But tonight, although it’s getting late and I’m still at school working, I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about setting goals.
If you don’t set regular goals, you probably should. I hope that’s not the first time you’ve heard that!
There are a ton of different ways to do it, but in the end it doesn’t matter a whole lot- as long as it works for YOU! But here are a couple of guidelines if you’re a little (or a lot) overwhelmed.
I like to start with categories. For example, I routinely set career, physical, mental, and emotional goals. Maybe you add school or relationship goals. Or financial goals. Whatever you need!
Then I like to put a BIG goal in all of the categories. Right now my BIG goals are:
Career/financial: Be able to comfortably full time freelance, pay off all debt before I turn 32 (includes student loans)
Physical: Be able to do an unsupported handstand and run 30 minutes non stop before the end of the year
Mental: Be fluent in another language with in three years(this one was hard!)
Emotional/ relational: maintain equilibrium during the current storm
These are all things I’m SUPER excited about. I WANT them- hopefully badly enough to really dedicate some time working towards them! Notice that most of them have a time limit or deadline attached. This is key! Otherwise it isn’t a goal, it’s a wish.
Once I have my BIG goals, I start subdividing. I do monthly and weekly goals, and then I set to do list items for the day to day.
So, for example, my monthly goals for September are:
Career/financial: launch my etsy store, write 15 blog posts
Physical: hit my step goal 5 out of 7 days per week, do at least ten minutes of yoga every day
Mental: read three books
Emotional/ relational: plan my weeks and stick to it
My weekly goals look like this:
Physical: Hit my step goal 5 out of 7 days, do at least ten minutes of yoga every day
Career and financial: close and ship the giveaway
Mental: read the 10 chapters of my book for the book club
Emotional/Relational: plan my week and stick to it
And there you have it! That’s how I set goals. When I do it consistently, I notice I’m WAY more productive, happier and much more focused!
Superhero action of the day: What are your goals? Are you achieving them?