Your Goals: Set Them, Plan Them, Achieve Them

It’s been a while since I have posted a new blog. Life picked up and unfortunately blogging took a backseat. But, in exciting news, I’ve decided to sell my hand-knitted cycling scarves on Etsy–you can check them out here. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so I figured it was time to put on my big-girl britches and do it. If all else fails, my family and friends will have wonderful scarves to wear should this venture fall flat.

But enough about me, let’s talk goals. The end of the year is the perfect time to start thinking about your goals for 2014. Some folks poo-poo goal setting, and that’s their prerogative. However, I work best when I have something to work towards. It’s not enough for me to say “I want to participate in a Century ride.” I have to have a specific event in sight to work toward or else I won’t do it at all. Goals are the swift kick in the ass that I need.

For the past few years, I’ve kept a spreadsheet of my goals. Each goal falls under one of five or so categories: Family, Professional, Health & Fitness, Financial and Learning. Along with deadlines for specific goals, I have columns for quarterly reviews so I can track my progress. Last year’s century ride and 5Ks were noted on the spreadsheet, along with specific savings goals and my family’s move to Humboldt.

4 Tips for Better Goal Setting

1. Think about what you want to achieve.

2. Turn your thoughts into tangible goals, and write them down. Post them where you’ll see them, keep a list on your phone–whatever it takes to help you maintain focus.

3. Make a plan. How will you achieve your goals? What steps will you take today, next week, in a few months?

4. Check in periodically to track your progress. This will allow you to make any corrections before the year’s end.

What are your goals for 2014? Start planning now so that you can get on track to achieving them.

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