2018 Goal Setting: How to set goals in 2018 and achieve them

GOALS

Tired of setting endless amounts of goals and getting nowhere? You and me both pal.

Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for finally motivating yourself to turn your dreams into reality.

Did you know that only around 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions each year. And, only 75% of those who set goals follow through with them after the first week of the year. That means that 25% of people stopped working towards their goals after just the first week! Their desired destiny is falling before their eyes and they have no idea why?

It’s probably because they’re not exactly doing it right.

In order for your dreams to become a reality you have to make an action plan in order to achieve it. Or like last year, and the year before that, they will unfortunately remain as dreams. Choose where you want to be or go by knowing exactly what you want to achieve and what to prioritise and sometimes what to let go of.

Here’s how to do it:

REFLECT ON YOUR GOALS

First of all in order to achieve your goals in 2018 you must reflect on your goals from 2017. What did you wish for and what did you want to happen? Did it happen? If not, why? What could you have done more to achieve this dream? What went well? Where you proud of who you were? Are there any changes you want to make in the upcoming year? Why?

The dreaded question – why? It is so important that you ask yourself this no matter how hard the answer may be. Face up to it and accept it.

BE CLEAR IN YOUR VISION

Ask yourself questions!!! Where do you see yourself in the next year? Are you happy? What’s different about you, your blog or your business? What is the same about these? Where are you living? Are you in the same social circles or are you in new ones? Do you have that new dream job?

Ultimately you have to picture your end game you have to see everything clearly there is no room for vagueness. Clarity is key – you need this in order to see things clearly. Through clarity you can begin to plan and achieve your dreams.

STATE YOUR BIG PICTURE

What do you want to accomplish? If you could accomplish one thing by the end of next year what would it be? Would it to become more bilingual or to become a better cook? Is it to finally move out f your parents place and get your own home? Or is it to travel as much as you can because it’s something you’ve always wanted to do?

You need to know and you need to be selfish in your pursuit. Your goals serve you; we spend a lot of our lives running round after everybody else that we forget to take care of ourselves and our needs.

PLAN YOUR GOALS – BIQUARTERLY

You need milestones. Break them down into actionable steps. This will ensure that your goals are both realistic and achievable. That’s were SMART goals coming.

SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.

This formular makes it possible for realistic and achievable targets. For each goal, you need different actionable steps in each biquarterly period in terms of how you are going to achieve them. For example if you were wantingto become a better dancer in each 3 month period you should be reflecting on your progress. This could be through peer assessment or video analysis.

PLAN YOUR GOALS- MONTHLY

Focus on the first quarter of the year for now.

Not only do you need bi-quarterly milestones but you also need monthly milestones – what needs to happen at the end of each month to make it success? What are you doing each month to get you that one step closer to your goal? Linking back to my previous example: have you attended the dance classes you said you were going to? Have you made it a priority or did life get in the way?

PLAN YOUR GOALS – WEEKLY

Take each week as a new week for opportunity, you can do anything when you set your mind to it. Here you need a list of tasks to ensure that you are that one step closer to making the first 3 months a success and ultimately the next 9 months after a success too.

Get yourself a planner and jot all your tasks down – that way you can schedule them all in and make it manageable for yourself.

SCHEDULE

If a planner doesn’t seem right to you there isn’t an array of different apps out there that can help you schedule your tasks and work calendar online. My personal favourites are Asana and ToDoist

 

Start your year off right and turn your dreams into reality.

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5 Steps to meeting those deadlines

“Deadlines: the bane of all of our lives.

I usually start off strong and go downhill from there. Then I tend to plan out everything I need to do and organise what needs to happen and when it needs to be done by the moment I get an assignment. I then give myself a break for a few days sometimes weeks because my mind believes I’ve already done the work.

BIG mistake.

Before I know it, weeks have passed and the deadline is getting closer and closer meaning that I now have to rush my work in order to complete the task.

But alas no more, no more.

Step 1

Turn off your notifications.

Seriously. That’s the first thing you must do. Notifications only mean one thing – distraction. When you have a deadline you can’t afford to be distracted. It’s fine to check them in your breaks just not when you’re meant to be working. Before you know it 2 hours have flown by and the only thing you’ve accomplished is finding out that there’s a brand new makeshift slide for you to get your adventurers hat on and plummet into a lake in the Philippines. (No joke)

So what I recommend you do is turn off all your notifications for your social media apps. This means that you only get to see your notifications when you click on the app.

Why not take it a step further and delete your social media apps. You can still access them via your internet browser?

Step 2

PLAN and then plan the rest of your weeks.

Don’t just stop at day one. You have to be consistent. Take time to schedule in what exactly you’re going to do and stick to it. Above all else make sure it is achievable. Be realistic in your planning; if you know there are factors that are going to interfere with your learning then schedule them in and learn to prioritise. Be efficient and be smart.

The beauty of planning ensures that you are focussed. It gives you a sense of accomplishment when you can tick off what you’ve done for the day. Mentally this will keep you on track and keep your spirits high.

Step 3

RESEARCH

And do a lot of it. Knowledge is power and the more information you collect the more you can use it to your advantage. If ever I’m involved in a presentation, the one thing I do is make sure I now all the facts about the topic at hand. There’s nothing worse than going in blind and giving false information to your eyes and ears. Research doesn’t always have to be text-based, there are plenty of other sources out there that can assist your research. Just make sure you are smart with your research.

Step 4

Take breaks.

Give yourself days off and breaks in between your learning, you NEED them and you’ll be thankful for it later. I always try to stick by the 25 minute on and 5 minute off rule. This allows me to fully concentrate for a set amount of time and then allows me to unwind for a small break. I find this leaves me a lot more refreshed when doing back to do my work. It also stops me from over working.

Step 5

Look after yourself.

Make sure you find time to look after yourself, you can’t be running yourself into the ground because you’ve used up all your energy. Don’t over-commit. You need balance. Yes you’re passionate but you shouldn’t put yourself in detriment just for the sake of your work. At times you have to sacrifice and suffer but don’t wreck yourself in the process. Know your limits, know your worth and know your health.