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October 14, 2019
In the previous post, we shared with you the benefits of setting goals (if you haven't read it....read it here). But how do you really set them up in the first place?
In this blog post, we'll share with you 4 easy ways to set up your goals so you can easily achieve them. Make yourself some coffee and grab your favorite snack as you read this helpful post (plus coffee makes everything ten times better...just saying).
Ok...so everyone always talks about S.M.A.R.T. goals. Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely. But how are you supposed to do that?
Of course, we want our goals to be S.M.A.R.T. but we also want to set ourselves up for success from the start. Today, we're going to share with you how to do exactly that...do you have your coffee? Snack? Good...let's get started.
1. Write down your goal everywhere.You can't just say, "I want to lose 20 lbs by December 31, 2020, using exercise and Keto". You need to write it down. Studies show that those who write their goals down are more likely to achieve them than people who don't write them down. (You can find that study here).
It's also a known fact that you cannot rely on memory (you can find that study here), even if you think you have an AMAZING recall. Chances are your life is busy and you can't remember every detail about everything all the time. So write it down. You have a higher chance of remembering things when you write them down. If you don't remember each step to achieve your goal...then you have it written down.
So where do you write them down? Everywhere! On your mirror, in your notebooks, planner, sticky notes and tape them inside your car, at your desk. Basically, have your end goal written and in the places, you frequent the most.
So after you have your S.M.A.R.T. goal, write them down...everywhere!
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2. Get a paper planner (highly recommend the Erin Condren Life Planner)
Having a planner is super helpful (and fun) because you can organize your milestones and set dates to them as well as your goals. As we've already stated, writing things down is super helpful in remembering things. By using a planner, you can write your goals and milestones down on the date you need to accomplish them by.
You can keep your to-do list for each day there as well. If you need a bit more detail on how to plan and be productive...you can read this post.
Just in case you want to read the study that explains the result of writing goals down, you can see that here!
3. Work backward.What the heck! What do you mean, "work backward"? How the actual heck do you do that? It sounds more complicated than it actually is...but we promise you it's easy (we like easy).
Once you've created your goal and set a date to have it completed write that goal in your planner (remember tip #2?) on the date you chose it. Write it as if it has happened already (on December 31, i.e. Wooohooo lost 20 lbs).
Then what you're going to do is set mini goals (we'll call these milestones) throughout your planner. So in November, you'll have lost 2 more lbs! Yay!. In October you'll have "lost 2 more pounds! Whoop. So on and so forth.
Working backward will allow you to know where you need to start. If you work from the start, you mostly just wing it. It will have you feeling lost and out of control. Working from the back gives you a better roadmap. Plus when you know where to start, you can determine which actions you're going to take to make sure you reach that mini-milestone.
So, for example, if your first milestone is losing 5 lbs then you know you shouldn't really eat that sugar-laded brownie (resist that urge to get it). But if you are desperately craving some chocolatey goodness, you can opt for a healthier option such as a keto mug cake.
But you also know you'll need to incorporate some healthier food options as well. And to hit that goal faster...exercise is always great to do.
Do you get the idea? Working backward helps you know where to start and helps you determine how to reach that first milestone quicker.
4. Use your planner.
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You have been diligent enough to write your goals and mini-goals in your planner, it would be a crime if you don't use it each day. OK...OK! We can't legally charge you with anything, lol but you get what we're trying to say! Don't let your efforts go to waste by not using your planner. So find ways that will help make you want to use your planner.
You can ease you overwhelm by already having your planner open. One less thing to do. Now you're more likely to look at the tasks you've set for your self because the planner is open in the most frequented area of your house!
Remember, in our last blog post, to only set one goal per timeframe you want to get it done (i.e. one goal for every six months or one goal every year, etc). If you don't remember why, please feel free to go back and read that blog post! You can do that here!
So there you have it, the secret sauce to crushing your goals. See, it wasn't that long of a list and don't be nervous about accomplishing what you've set out to do. You already have the awesomeness you need to do it. You just needed a few tips to give you some guidance.
What are your goals for the upcoming year? Let us know in the comments below!
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