Quick & Simple Goal Setting Recipe

March 11, 2018Autumn

Goals mean nothing without purpose, precision and putting in the work to achieve them

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Being a wife and mom of two, in the beginning, I often found myself scrambling to figure out my life, what was I going to do on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?

SoI began making to-do lists and checklist and spreadsheets and all that jazz but they all mean nothing without setting up your goals and figuring out what it is exactly you need to achieve.  I have a recipe or rather parameters that I use as a guideline to help me when planning out my goals for the month, the week and the year.

Every month I set out new goals, I hold myself accountable by saving them to my phone AND a planner like this one! This might seem crazy doing it double time but I’m the girl who needs it in her face every day so I’ll stick to it. 

Why is setting goals so important?

  • They help keep you anchored to achieve something
  • Goals give you vision
  • Short-term & Long-term motivation
  • Keeps you organized
  • Goals give you something to look forward too
  • Measurement of your progress

How do I think about goals?

Like I said before, goals keep me anchored and because of that they also give me LIFE! Goals breathe oxygen into my soul and without setting them both big and small I often see myself swimming aimlessly in the abyss. I keep yearly goals, monthly goals and even crazier I keep daily goals for fitness and home life. Every night before bed I write down what I need to get done the next day and this may seem tedious but it’s what I call a brain dump – you just put pen to paper and jot it down, this is more like a goal checklist, but it helps my scatter brain stay focused.

A Recipe for Goal Setting

No matter what the goal is, get it written down and keep it someplace safe where you can remember to keep coming back to look at them.

  • Purpose

    • When getting ready to write your goals make sure you understand the purpose of your goal.
    • Think about what you’re aiming to achieve and why
    • Does this goal fit into a larger overall goal?
    • Knowing your goals purpose will help you make sure you’re putting down the right things on your list.
  • Write it Down

    • OldSchool Style
      • You can take a pen and paper and write them down using a planner like this or this can be super useful in this area
    • Use your phone
      • Most new smartphones have a notes section you can use to keep your goals and ideas. You can even get special note-taking apps like this one here!
  • Be specific

    • Use numbers
    • Keep names
    • Add timelines
  • Categorize

    • Make your goals more organized by putting them into sections that you can anchor back to (some examples below).
      • Health goals
      • Fitness goals
      • Home goals
      • Relationship/ Marriage Goals
  • Accountability

    • Find a way to hold yourself accountable, whether that’s telling a friend about it or even rewarding yourself for meeting the ones you keep.

My May 2018 Goals 

** Update** I crushed my May Goals all except freelance because I didn’t focus on it at all, so I am hoping in June to set those wheels in motion. 

  • Increase my blog traffic views to 2k for the month
  • Increase my blog social media site traffic and followers to 550
  • Get my first freelance writing gig
  • Master my 1.5 min monologue
  • Attend 2 professional development events
  • Obtain an LLC for my new brand

My June 2018 Goals

**Update** June was a difficult month for me with lots of interchanging things and so of all the goals listed below, I achieved only one! I do however know why and that’s because June’s Goals were a mess and had a lack of vision and purpose, so I know my next move and it’s time for a new month.

  • Increase my blog traffic views to 5k for the month
  • Increase my blog social media site traffic and followers to 3k
  • Create freelance writing portfolio
  • Attend 4 open casting calls
  • Attend 2 professional development events
  • Start Design Site
  • T-Shirt designs for branding

My July 2018 Goals 

**Update** July was a great month, as I had many learning experiences that helped propel me forward. I have been slacking in my field of acting for a while so I need to step that up. Additionally, I have not been as organized as I need to be with the blog and business and so the next month that will be a major focus line. 

  • Blog Traffic to 8k for the month
  • Increase blog social sites 3k in total
  • Pitch 3 new brands
  • Build freelance writing portfolio
  • Attend 5 open casting calls
  • Run 40 miles
  • Read 2 books
  • Meditate daily

My August 2018 Goals

**Update** August was a great month, I had so much growth and created some amazing new content. I was able to crush a lot of the goals on my list and some I didn’t but I will be carrying them over to September.

  • Stay aligned with content & editorial planner
  • Run 40 miles
  • 4 New Guest Blogging Opportunites
  • Launch Online Store
  • Launch Get Busy Blogging Connect Group
  • Launch Book Club FB Group
  • Build New Site 
  • Read a new book
  • Social Media Following
    • IG: 2500
    • FB: 400
    • Pinterest: 500

My September 2018 Goals

Stay tuned for an update at the end of the month!

  • Social Media Following
    • IG: 3000
    • FB: 400
    • Pinterest: 250k Monthly Viewers
  • Run 40 Miles
  • Lose 5 Pounds
  • Launch Shop
  • Launch Ebook/Guide
  • Stay Aligned With Content & Editorial Calendar
  • Make $500 in Blog Income
  • 100 New Email Subscribers!

What are you doing to keep your goals? Share them with me in the comments!

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Comments (3)

  • Silvia

    March 11, 2018 at 10:51 PM

    I am so going to start writing down my goals! It’s like you said, not rocket science… but it’s so hard to stay focused when you’re just going off your mental notes!! Thank you for the tips 😘

  • Neha Malhotra

    June 1, 2018 at 7:58 PM

    Interesting indeed and useful.

  • Samantha

    June 1, 2018 at 8:12 PM

    I love these tips for goal setting!

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