I know that I’m a day late in publishing this so shame on me! But in reality, I did do it yesterday, I just didn’t finish the post so I couldn’t publish it. So my goal today is to knock out both Day 1 and Day 2 🙂 Wish me luck!
So, why was writing down your goals listed as Day 1 on our self-care challenge? Because understanding and knowing what your goals are, is crucial to achieving them. Sure, everybody has goals. How often do those goals become a reality? Honestly, I can think of a bunch of goals that I’ve set for myself over the years that I wasn’t able to achieve. This was simply because I wasn’t specific enough in setting them, or because I didn’t keep myself motivated. Don’t even get me started on those new years resolutions. I’ve set a goal to “get in shape” or “have a healthier lifestyle” more times than I can count.
Setting goals in your head isn’t always going to get the job done. If you’re really serious about whatever goal it is that you set for yourself, it is so important to give yourself that visual reminder. If it’s just something that you think about once or twice and never reference again, odds are you’re not going to achieve it. So how can you make sure that writing these goals down isn’t just a waste of time? Well, let me give you a few tips and hints.
1. Really think them through. Getting specific with your goals is key to setting yourself up for success. You need to think about why you’re setting this goal in particular. Why is it important to you? Why is it something that you want to achieve? If it’s not a goal that you’re passionate about, odds are you’re not going to have the drive to stick with it and achieve it. Make sure that it’s something that you really care about and know the “why” behind it.
2. Set a deadline. Having an end date in sight ensures that you stay on track and gives you that added push to work harder. Marking the end date on your calendar can help you ensure that you’re not getting behind schedule. It also gives you the autonomy to adjust if the goal isn’t attainable in that time frame. It is completely okay to adjust your goals as your priorities change or if you encounter more challenges than anticipated. Make it attainable!
3. Make it visible! Writing them down and tucking them neatly away in a drawer defeats the whole purpose. You need to put them somewhere that you’ll see daily. Otherwise, given some time, you’ll forget about them and they’ll be just like your new years resolutions: Unachieved. Put them on your fridge, make them the background on your phone, or put them wherever else you think is going to work for you. If you’re serious about making these goals into a reality, then just do it!
How do I know that it’s going to work? If it’s a goal that I’m passionate about and I’ve stuck to these tips, I’ve been able to achieve it. I’m like the queen of procrastination, so that’s saying something.
I know I said 1 short term and 1 long term, but I’m going to do a few.
- Get my facebook page up and running by end of week! This should increase the traffic to my site which is kind of the point.
- Have a minimum of 25 posts by the end of April. This might be a stretch, but I think it’s achievable.
- Match my income through my blog as well as through freelance projects by the end of the year. This is actually a pretty ambitious goal, considering that I pretty much just started regularly posting. But, now is as good a time as any to start pitching for freelance gigs!
- Live a healthier lifestyle and get in shape (to my standards) by end of year. This one is definitely attainable. I just have to stop being lazy ;P. I have a gym in my apartment complex for those rainy days. But I’m in Seattle, so there are plenty of places to go outdoors. I’ve gotta check out some of those hidden parks and take Bosley!
I will probably end up adding to these over time, but it works for now. I’m feeling really motivated to get going! I’m ready for day 2!
Care to share what goals you set for yourself?