If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every single time.
I strongly believe in having written goals. I find that if I don’t, I let the madness of life take over and I run around putting out fires instead of being productive. I get sucked in to whatever is happening instead of creating the day.
So this week’s challenge is goals. (If you haven’t read about the 52 week challenge, check here. I’d love to hear from you!)
There are different time spans of goals (daily, weekly monthly, yearly, and longer) and different categories (personal, spiritual, career, familial, household, financial, educational, health, etc.). Each of these can be important to look at, depending on where you are in your life.
Good goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. There are a lot of different versions on this mnemonic, but overall, the point is that you should be intentional in your goal setting–although we might want to make huge “goals,” if they aren’t realistic (or don’t meet the other criteria above), we set ourselves up to fail.
Right now, I’m working on daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, and have a few longer term goals–like getting my dissertation through the committee ASAP (but within the next three months). I have a weekly planner page to note my goals on so I know where I’m going. I have also written out some goals in most of the categories above. Expect a sample later this week.
Your challenge this week is to set aside some time and list out the goals you have in at least a few of the categories. Make sure that they are realistic (not become a billionaire this week-for most people, at least!), specific (run a mile in 10 minutes instead of run fast) and time-bound (by June 1 instead of leaving it open ended.)
There are some great customizable goal-planning worksheets here (and really, do a search and you’ll find that there are a lot of options!) For financial goal setting, check out Mara at KosherOnABudget.com – she recommends Mint, among other things. Just get started and see where it goes.
Because if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every single time.