Tuesday, 26 July 2016

How to Set Goals (+ Achieve Them!)

So a few weeks ago, I posted a little update on my 2016 goals, and realised I'm actually doing a lot better with them than I thought, which got me thinking about how I set goals and what I do to try and achieve them! I'm not the world's best goal-setter by a long chalk but I am pretty stubborn, so when I set myself a goal I like to achieve it. Here are a few of the ways I like to make sure I'm workin' on my goals!
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Choose Wisely.
By which I mean, set goals that you care about. Set goals that matter to you. The best way to ensure you're motivated to achieve your goals, is to set ones that have value you to you, personally. If you're not bothered about getting a promotion at work or running a marathon, you ain't gonna work for it!
Quantify.
How do you achieve something without knowing what you're aiming for? Instead of "lose weight", why not say "lose x lbs" or "reach x weight" or (if, like me, you're more interested in your body than your actual weight) "fit into x outfit". If you want to save up for a holiday, work out how much you need to save up - £800 is a much easier goal than an indeterminate number!
Make Yourself Accountable.
It might mean telling your Mum or your best friend, or keeping a note in your planner - in my case, I share my monthly goals here on my blog! Having someone who knows what you're aiming for and who is able to check up on your progress, will make you that much more likely to stick with it, in my experience. Telling yourself you don't need to go for a run today is one thing, but try telling your sister who knows you're training for a 10km that you don't fancy it - I don't think so!
Break It Down.
Some goals are bite-sized to start with but other, bigger goals can be a little daunting. If you can break them down into more manageable pieces, it can be far less overwhelming for you! So if you need to save £800 for that holiday, try breaking it down into £50 a week - as well as sounding far less scary, £50 is much easier to visualise than your overall target, so you're more likely to feel positive about it. One of my goals for the year is to get out of my overdraft - but with a £2000 overdraft, I've found that setting myself a smaller goal each month is making it far less terrifying prospect!
Check In Often.
This is one I need to work on more, as I actually hadn't looked back at my goals for the year until I came to write about my progress - which is why I was so surprised at how well I was doing! Ideally, you want to check in on a regular basis so you can see how far you've come and keep yourself on track. If you can see your progress, it's really motivating to keep working at your goals! A weekly weigh-in, running the same route once a month, or tracking your savings each month, can all help you to really visualise your progress and what you've got left to achieve.
Learn From Your Failures.
No-one is perfect, and it's okay to sometimes fall short of your goals! This is something I really struggle with as I can be a real perfectionist, but life is about taking the not-so-good with the good and learning from your experiences. Okay, so you didn't quite reach your target for your 5km run this week - what could you do differently? If there's something you know you should be doing, falling a little short can be a real kick to get you to just bite the bullet and do it. Like me and hilly runs...

What are your goals at the moment? Do you have any pearls of wisdom for keeping on track with your goals and making sure you achieve them?

xo
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36 comments:

  1. Great tips. I set goals I know I can achieve.

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  2. At the moment my main goal is saving for a deposit for a house, it seems like such a big goal but like you said it helps when you break down your goals - great tips! x

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  3. I like to set goals and agree that quantifying helps more as you've got something exactly to aim for. Glad to know you're doing well with your goals x

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  4. I like this, my to do list is a bit like goal setting, I decide which ones I am going to meet everyday and love love love crossing them out when they are done x

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  5. Goal setting is great, there is no better feeling than knowing you have achieved them x

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  6. Awesome tips!! <3

    Taylor (koffeekisses.com)

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  7. Awesome post! I am so bad at setting goals and NOT achieving them so really needed to read a post like this!

    Ashleigh x

    www.beingashleigh.com - UK fashion, lifestyle and travel blog

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  8. Checking in On my goals is one of my goals this week and next month. I finally started the habit of writing down all of my "12 month" goals every morning and it's helped me eliminate some that I didn't care about as much as I thought and add others that were subconscious - and it's Definitely nice to see the progress and know what my long term success looks like when I'm planning my day!

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  9. Having realistic goals is so important. It makes it much easier to achieve them.

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  10. These are such lovely tips, Jess! I love reading posts like these, I pick up so much useful advice :D I love the Quantify, Break it Down and Learn from Failures points! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

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  11. This is something I really need to do! I'm awful at getting things done. I need yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals!! Great tips, thank you.

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  12. I definitely think we all need to make achievable goals as we spend far too long trying for things which are unachievable x

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  13. very helpful tips! having goals is good but its important to make them achievable too :)

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  14. This is a great post, I loved it x

    Lauren | laurmatthews.blogspot.com♡

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  15. These are great tips! The one I really need to work on is breaking down big goals into smaller, manageable ones. Sometimes I get so intimidated by the hugeness of it, that I put it off until it's too late to tackle it effectively. I should make a checklist or something... thanks for sharing love! xX

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  16. There are some really good pointers here!

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  17. Great tips! It's so important to set goals for ourselves but you're right, they should be achievable! x

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  18. Fab tips - I especially agree with 'quantify'. I often see people just say - I want to lose weight but it is much more achievable if you break it down and say I want to lose x by y.

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  19. This is a fab post, I definitely need to follow some of this advice!

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  20. I love setting goals, it gives me something to strive for and achieve. x

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  21. The key for me is in breaking it down. I get completely overwhelmed if I don't.

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  22. Great goals and I completely agree with your point on Quantifying. It gives you a target and lets you track your progress.

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  23. I love setting goals! So many helpful tips here x

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  24. I agree with all of these. Clarity really helps me. I find if I'm not sure what my workload is, or where the priorities are, I don't focus well.

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  25. Great post! I think writing your goals down as specific as possible is the best option! I wrote down a few goals and some I have accomplished and some I am still working on!

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  26. Breaking things down into manageable pieces is very important I think. It's easy to feel overwhelmed sometimes.

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  27. Yes! Quantifying goals is a great idea why didn't I think of that and it might actually help me complete the goals.

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  28. I needed something like this today to fill me with inspiration. I love how much thought has gone into these tips! Nice one lovely x

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  29. I'm so bad at setting myself goals, so I definitely needed to read this. Thankyou!

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  30. I try setting goals but more so whenthe kids are at school as they make it hard for me to do anything when they are around.

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  31. These are some awesome tips, I set monthly goals which I hold myself accountable but I dont check as often as I should

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  32. These tips are really helpful although with the weight loss one I actually find it harder to specifically set myself a goal such as lose X amount of weight. Instead I find it easier to 'generally be more healthy' or, at a push, lose a dress size. I find it harder to achieve to put too much pressure on myself x

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  33. I set myself goals all the time! I find writing them down and always having them in front of me when I'm working helps a lot!

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  34. Well to workout everyday, which I'm failing at the moment, because I'm on vacation. I do swim, so its not too bad. I also want to read 50 books this year x

    Laura
    Öku Möku

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  35. Love this piece, and you're so right. I struggle with the last one as well, I tend to take it really hard when I fall short of my goals!

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