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Setting goals is something everyone should do, as it provides you with something to achieve and gives you a way to start having a successful, fulfilled life. The problem is that people often go about it the wrong way. They are realistic, or they don’t have a good action plan, meaning their goals can never really be achieved. Here are some easy ways to set goals that will actually help you.
The first step to setting any goal should be to evaluate not just what it is, but why you want it. Your goals will range in how long they will take, how large or small they are, and how they will impact your life. You can start by making a list of goals (big and small) you have, then go through each one and analyze it even further. Evaluate it and reflect on WHY you have chosen this goal. This is going to set it apart from other goals because it allows you to come up with a more realistic approach toward achieving it.
SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound. This is a great tool to use when figuring out how to set your goals in the right way. You want them to be specific so that you can have specific tasks for achieving them, and measurable goals where you are able to see how your progress is. Make sure they are realistic and attainable, and also relevant to where you want to be. Plus, you should have time limits for when to achieve these goals, which is going to help keep you accountable.
Deadlines are an essential part of setting goals if you want to actually achieve them, and are something many people look past. You might make lists of things you want to do or places you want to go, but do you find that it is hard to stay motivated? This is often because they are too general and too open for interpretation. You need to be as specific as possible, and set deadlines for when to achieve them. It helps to have a tasks list and set deadlines for each of these tasks as well.
Keep Checking in
Lastly, make sure you are being accountable for your goals by checking in regularly. Look at the list of items you need to check off that have been completed and compare the deadlines to the current date. If you are falling behind, this can be good motivation to get back to working on them.