It’s that time of year again where we start reflecting on the goals we have accomplished in 2021 & start preparing for 2022. A time in which we are currently contemplating what our 2022 goals are going to be. In a recent post, I was discussing my Hobonichi Cousin as my 2022 planner. This planner is going to be a very important part of my goal planning routine.
How to Create Goals
I also shared a recent video discussing how I created my goals based on what I want to accomplish in 2022. I created categories for what I want to focus on & then broke down those categories into trackable tasks. This is truly important when creating goals that are observable, measurable & time specific for you to accomplish. Goals should be manageable tasks that you can review quarterly, monthly, weekly or daily. You also want to make sure that you focus on several goals that are important for you instead of writing all the things down that you want to accomplish. Ask yourself what can I realistically achieve this year? What goals can I create that are manageable for me?
Goals Should Be Specific
Your goals should be specific for you. What are some specific goals that you would like to accomplish in 2022? Do you want to focus on finance? Such as paying down your smallest debts. Would you like to track your health journey? In this case, you can track if you are exercising or working out 3-4 times a week. I know personally for me I never like using a weight specific number because that is not encouraging at all since my weight can be triggering.
Another example of a specific goal is self care. You can measure whether you are using a face mask, scheduled for a mani or having some “me time.” You can also track your moods each day. Goals need to be as specific as possible when it comes to tracking them.
Goals Should Be Measureable
Your goals should be measurable, therefore are you using a weekly tracker, monthly tracker or checklist? How are you going to track your goals? Tracking tasks can happen daily, weekly or monthly. Is this something that you can graph, check or color code? Are you measuring the amount of time you worked out or walked? Are you paying off debt in which you are tracking how much you paid down each month? Your goals should reflect the progress you are currently making.
Goals Should Be Achievable
Your goals should be achievable. For example if I said I wanted to fit into a size 6 dress or lose 100 pounds in 3 months, is that exactly something that is achievable & reasonable for me? Most likely not. Goals should be something that you can reasonably achieve within a specific amount of time. They should not be something so general or out of reach for anyone to realistically achieve. However, if I said I wanted to work out 3 times a week. I can easily achieve that goal weekly by tracking this task daily. You want to make sure your goals are something that you can achieve within a realistic time frame without overwhelming you.
Goals Should Be Time Bound
As I mentioned your goals should be achievable & realistic. Goals are also time specific. I can track exercising 3 times a week because that is a time specific goal. I can visually see if I accomplished this goal.
Another option for a realistic & time bound goal is to pay off $2000 in debt in 10 months. I can set this very specific goal, break this down into a time specific deadline, which is 10 months & simplify it further. Therefore I can pay $200 a month each month for 10 months to accomplish this task. I can then either write down the amount I paid for each month or simply check off that payment each month.
This makes accomplishing your goals both simple & manageable.
I hope this holiday season & time of reflection allows you some time to create your 2022 goals while appreciating what you have. I really hope this freebie allows you the space to create the goals you wish to accomplish. As always I appreciate each one of you. Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!
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