I don’t know where you are reading this from, but it’s so hot here it’s hard to imagine we are about to say goodbye to summer.
Now is the perfect time to squeeze in anything you didn’t manage to get to so far this summer. With that in mind, it’s a great time to set some goals for September.
With a few quick tips, you can set goals you will actually achieve and you will be as excited as I am to start working on them now.
Goals Worth Pursuing
The first step is going to be to make sure your goals are worth the time you are going to spend on them.
Life is too short to base anything on how others see you. Make sure that this goal is something that speaks to you. You have to want it for yourself. Bad.
If you pick something that doesn’t resonate with you, chances are you will ‘fall off the wagon’ immediately, if you start any work on the goal at all.
Be brutal and be honest with yourself about why you are contemplating doing what you are doing.
Keep It Manageable and Realistic
You want to choose something you actually have a chance of achieving with a measurable outcome.
For example, instead of writing a complete novel (unless you are some kind of superhuman content creator and you have done it all in a month before) focus on writing for an hour a day.
Writing a whole novel? I feel stressed already just thinking about it. Writing for one hour a day? I could commit to that.
I could also track that because it is a specific, measurable outcome. I will know whether I have written for an hour today but I would not know how much I need to write every day to complete my novel-there are too many variables.
I would also suggest sticking to one big main goal.
You can focus your energy where it will have the most impact and won’t feel overwhelmed, especially if this is your first month in a while of killing your monthly goals.
If you want to make more goals, keep them small and with a lesser time commitment required every day.
Break Your Goals Down and Decide How You Will Track Them
- Now that you know what you want to achieve, think of a quantifiable way to track your goals (I.e. do this task once every week day for x minutes).
- Will you do it in the morning before work? When you get home? On the weekend?
- Don’t forget to plan a few days off. You need a break from all the hard work now and again.
- If you are attending an important event or have a family event coming off, give yourself the day off so you can really be present and enjoy the moment.
You can track your goal in your journal or bullet journal, using the calendar in your phone, or using an app specifically designed for this ( I like Goal Tracker+ Habit List+ Workout Calendar by Intrasoft for android users).
At the end of the month, reflect on the progress you have made. Don’t worry about it if you missed a day or two- it doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things and you are only human.
Ask yourself what worked and what didn’t work. What do you want to tackle next?
Don’t forget to relax and reward yourself! Take an afternoon off and go out into the world or binge your favorite Netflix show.
Speaking of goals, I am working on an ebook and could really use your help.
I have a short reader survey here that will help me immensely with what I am working on. Thank you in advance for your feedback, and have fun slaying your goals!