That moment has 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 kinds of moments that you really realize how time flies!
I have to admit though that together with this kinda sad-realization moment, (luckily) I mostly feel like getting new energy and inspiration to start the following year in the best way. “What feels like an end is often the beginning,” they say, right?
If you’re reading my blogs for 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 write down everything: goals, lists, things to do, whatever “organizational” thing you can write down, I do. I see it as a way to being more motivated and focused, especially during those moments where motivation lacks.
You know I love sharing with you my latest findings and productive habits so in this post, I’ll share with you 5 methods I use to create and brainstorm my goals plus my secret weapon to slay them all!
Before getting into the heart of the post though I must precise 2 things:
1. Do you know which goals you want to focus on in 2018? If the answer is “yesss!”, keep reading! If the answer is “no, not really..” no worries, take the FREE 12-question quiz to discover which area of your life you should focus on in 2018. Plus, at the end of the quiz, you’ll receive resolution and goal ideas!
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Okay, now that you’re all set, here are my 5 tips + My secret weapon!
1 | WRITE THEM DOWN
As mentioned earlier I find writing down my goals very useful and practical. Wring them without order and method though is not actually productive. So when I found out about the Slay Your Goals Printable Planner created by Nadalie I couldn’t wait to try it!
2 | THINK BIG, ACT SMALL
I believe goals are a process, and as every process, it’s made by small steps. Because of this, I always first do a little brainstorming of the general goals I have, the big ones. After that, I divide them into subcategories and define each step, to-do, and action I have to take in order to achieve the main goal.
And this is exactly how the Slay Your Goals Printable Planner is set up! After setting your intentions (what aspects of your life you want to focus) in chapter 1, you set specific goals (chapter 2) and after this, in chapter 3 you select 4 “mini goals”.
For example, under my “professional life intentions” this year my main goal was “To find a job”. Finding a job though implies smaller step such as writing a proper CV and applying to jobs, so these ones would appear as “mini goals”.
3 | DEFINE A CHECKING TIME
Okay, now you have your general goals and you’ve defined the process/steps to achieving them. And yes, your “time frame” is 2018 but one year is long and without having deadlines your mind may trick you into saying “well, you still have time, it’s just February…March…June…” and then it’s November and you realize that in one month the year is over!
The Slay Your Goals Printable Planner will help you with this as well! Chapter 4 is all about planning your year. Starting with a strategic planning roadmap – practically a guided brainstorm throughout the quarters of the year. Then helping you to sum up everything in a one-page yearly plan!
So following the example stated earlier which main goal was “To find a job by July 2017”
Mini Goal 1: Writing a proper CV – Deadline: End of January
Mini Goal 2: Applying to Jobs – Deadline: Mid March
4 | THE MORE SPECIFIC, THE BETTER
Mini-Goals will help you break your main goals in achievable steps but these, at the same time include tasks (the “to-do’s” explained in chapter 5) that you’ll have to implement. And the more specific you are in writing these to-do’s the better you’ll be able to check and track how good you are doing with these mini-goals.
In the Slay Your Goals Printable Planner you’ll be able to cowrite down your monthly, weekly and daily to-do’s and ranking them by priority levels!Writing down your goals helps you being more motivated and focused Click To Tweet
5 | REVIEW
Tracking your steps towards a goal is not just important for meeting your deadline, it’s as well useful for reviewing and checking your progress! With the Slay Your Goals Printable Planner you’re able to write down and reflect on your progress and feelings on a monthly and yearly basis, as well as pointing out daily reflections.
So, yeah the Slay Your Goals Guide really matched all my goal setting requirements but here are other reasons why I love it:
- It has motivational and inspirational quotes at the end of each page!
- Each chapter starts with a short explanation that functions as guide/prompt
- It provides working sheets templates in different layouts
- It has blank templates so it’s not just usable for 2018 but for any upcoming year!
- The design is simple and effective!
Oh also, if you decide to get the Slay Your Goals Guide by January 5th, 2018 you’ll get a FREE BONUS eBook! The “10 Quick & Easy Goal Slaying Hacks” eBook shares some inspiring tips for gaining confidence and motivation while slaying your 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!