How to Set Goals: 2020 Guide to Focus & Accomplish
Updated: Feb 26
Since the new year is coming, we're talking about ways to set goals to make them actually happen. Here are our top tips!
Set your goal. This is where SMART goals come into play. Do you want to get better at food photography? Do you want to start your own business? Or do you want to start adding yoga and meditation to your routine? Decide what goals you want to work towards, even if they're small.
Jot it down. Writing your goals down can increase your chances of actually sticking with them. Write your SMART goals down along with how you plan to measure your success. Keep this somewhere you can often reference, like your planner or a notepad on your desk. Remember to keep your goals positive by focusing on what you want to accomplish, not what you don't want to achieve.
Speak it out loud. This is another way to increase the likelihood that you'll stick to your goals. Share it with someone close to you. They'll most likely follow-up with you about it, encouraging you to keep working.
Break it down. A lot of times, our goals have many steps that you'll have to take along the way. For example, if you want to improve your cooking abilities, what will you need to do to get there? Perhaps you'll want to try one new recipe a week, or you may decide to choose one new ingredient each week to learn how to incorporate into your meals. Will you need to learn new cooking methods? Be specific with the smaller goals, and set deadlines for them to make sure that you don't fall off track. These smaller goals are essential to your success as they give you a sense of accomplishment along the road to completing your primary goal, meaning you're more likely to stay on track.
Take the first step. Sometimes it can be hard to actually get started when you've got an enormous task ahead, but procrastinating can only put you behind. Check out your list of small goals from the last step and take the jump.
Keep track of progress. Noting down significant progression can help motivate you when you're feeling stuck or unmotivated. Jot down progress in a journal or your planner so you can reflect and learn from what you've done so far.
Don't stop. Keep working through your steps along the way to reaching your goal. Steps may become discouraging and make you want to quit, but that doesn't mean that quitting is your only option. Call in reinforcements and ask those around you for advice on how to move past the roadblock. Think of something else you could try to move forward, and modify your list of steps if needed. Sometimes our goals need to be adjusted as we progress, and that's okay.
Celebrate! Reaching your goal is absolutely a cause for celebration. Enjoy your success, and reflect on the journey that got you there. Learn from the obstacles and roadblocks you encountered along the way, and use them to help you write your next goal.
Repeat. Once you've successfully reached your goal, there's no reason to stop. Start this process over again and see what else you can accomplish!