In the past I’ve always been a goal setter, but for a variety of reasons I haven’t been as good about setting them this year. I realized how much this was actually dragging me down. There’s so much I’d like to do, but without these goals to map my way I wasn’t coming close to accomplishing them. So I reached out to a friend and asked if she’d like to set weekly goals. She had also been talking about all the things she wants to accomplish, but nothing was happening. We decided to start setting weekly goals, and also to meet and discuss weekly. We’re tracking our goals in a goals journal–both of us have a notebook that we write them down in. I also like to track a few other things in mine, which I’ll talk about more below.
I just looked through my goals journal and it’s crazy to realize that we’ve only been doing this for a month. It feels like we’ve been doing it longer because of how much it has improved my mindset and how much I’ve accomplished because of it so far. (Things like getting back into the routine of updating the blog.)
If you feel like you’re stuck or not making as much progress as you could in achieving your goals, I highly recommend creating a time and a place (like a goals journal) to start tracking and analyzing the things you’d like to do. Being so intentional about it has been helpful for me. I also recommend doing this with a friend, if you’re able to. The accountability is so helpful! Here are some things to consider as you set your weekly goals.
1 // Make them doable.
Choose a set number of goals you’d like to have each week and don’t go above it. Since my Top 3 works well for me each day, I made a Top 3 for the week.
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This is where having a friend involved helps. Anna has asked if my goals are doable before. She did it again this week–I have a busy weekend ahead, so she asked if I’d still be able to accomplish them with all that’s happening. It forced me to take a minute and think through exactly how I’ll go about accomplishing them. She also encouraged me to stick to a Top 3 when I thought about setting more one week. I’m grateful she did!
2 // What types of things do you want to use your goals for?
I’m able to stay on top of work tasks without setting a goal and I also have a system that works well for keeping track of what needs to be done, but I don’t do as well with my own creative pursuits or life administration stuff. I’m always ready to go over the weekly hours that I set aside for clients to “get ahead,” but it means I don’t get at things I need to do for me. I think this is one thing that has contributed to a feeling of frustration for so much of this year. My goals are focused on writing, blogging, life “admin,” and other things I need to do for my personal wellbeing, like developing a habit of reading again (which for me also fits into writing… I need to read to be able to write)
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This really helps give focus and direction as you set your goals each week and ensures that you can use these weekly goals to help accomplish your larger goals. For me that means making progress with my writing, getting back into this blogging thing, and ensuring that I’m doing things I need to do to make life flow as smoothly as possible. (In other words, #adulting.)
3 // Take time to think about why you achieved your goals or why you didn’t.
At the end of each week, I take a look at which goals I accomplished (hopefully all!) and which ones I didn’t. First I think through why I accomplished them. (I accomplished my goal of reading a little bit every day because I made it a priority to turn off my computer at a certain time every day to get ready for bed and give myself enough time to read. I also fell asleep with a book open instead of watching a TV show.)
If I don’t make my goals, I come up with my excuses as to why. I call them my excuses for a reason. Sometimes they are legit, but sometimes they’re just excuses, so I want to see them as such. I don’t want to justify them unless I look through them and see they are justifiable. This doesn’t mean I’m hard on myself if I don’t achieve my goals. I take it as an off week and move forward. Some of my excuses have been:
- I didn’t achieve a goal I had planned because I looked into this other thing that has been on my to-do list since July. That, to me, was justifiable because it was going to become a goal at some point anyway and it needed to be done. It had actually been on my to-do list for a longer period of time than this other thing.
- Last week I didn’t do as well as I had been doing with my goals. One of them was too big and probably should have been broken down into two parts. I also felt like I was coming down with something and was pretty zapped of energy. Still, there are things I could have done that I didn’t. But I’ll move forward and continue to work toward them.
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Setting weekly goals is another thing that has helped cultivate a positive mindset. It feels good to make myself a priority and feel like I’m on top of some of these things that I kept putting off. I am a believer that we’ll make time for the things that are a priority and I needed to ensure I was doing that.
Do you make weekly goals? What do you consider to when making yours?
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Doable goals have always been my favorite goals. For me, setting goals that are too far fetched just discourage me!
I do well with lists, and these strategies for getting stuff done would work well for me. I need to pace myself so that I can be more productive.
I definitely have a problem with making my goals doable. I either make them too big – when they should really be broken down into smaller tasks – or I make too many and end up getting overwhelmed and not doing any of them. I’m trying to reach a middle ground though!
It’s essential to revisit them at the end of the week and evaluate!
I love this post! I’ve really been struggling with setting goals and sticking to them. I think being realistic with goals is super important. I would also love to read more and put the electronics down at a certain time in the evening. This was super motivating to read!
I love that coffee mug in your blog picture! I think that reflecting upon goals and looking at your success is huge! It can help us learn and grow in the future! Great post.
Making them do-able is definitely important. If it seems difficult to achieve you might not have the desire to push through and do it. I think it helps sometimes to break a bigger goal down into much smaller ones to make progress!
My goal is to one day be as relaxed as your adorable dog is in the second photo! Love this post.
Adulting is so hard sometimes. I really struggle to keep up with my goals, even when they are simple. I’m a procrastinator, unfortunately. But I agree with you! These are good steps to take!
I don’t make goals anymore actually! I felt like they were a waste of time after doing them for so long, things became habits. I learned to turn inward more rather than hold myself to a standard that wasn’t serving me anymore.
I still make goals, but I find myself not sticking to them!! These are some great tips!
These are all great tips! I try to make weekly goals and sometimes I accomplish them and sometimes I don’t. I know for me there are times when things get thrown into my typical routine that do not allow me to accomplish some of my goals. I figure if I am able to accomplish the big goals that is better than nothing.
I haven’t been setting weekly goals lately but it is something I want to get back to doing. I am in a transition period so this would help me get back on track.
Yes I do. I have a special planner in which I write what I will post and what goals I want to reach with each post.
I have the problem sometimes of setting TOO many weekly goals and then getting overwhelmed. I’ve been trying to make mine more specific!
I like to set goals, a short term ones. It is difficult to commit to achieving your goals when you have so many things to do in a day, however, setting weekly goals helps in showing you how much you can or can not give from your time and day.
I have weekly goals that are called “champagne moments”, which I got from the people who run Lifehack Bootcamp. I think that the accountability factor is what made this work. A lot of times we get motivated to set and meet goals but then just…don’t… because we’re not being held accountable to them.
The best way to set yourself up to achieve a goal is to make it achievable! And I think it’s important to reflect on why you did or didn’t achieve a goal, especially why you didn’t. Next time you set it, you can try to revamp it a little to make it achievable this time around.
I am definitely a goal setter. I try to set both weekly and monthly goals for home, work, and fitness. I am not always consistent in evaluating my progress, so I can definitely improve on checking in.
Great conversation. I have found that daily, weekly and annual goals work for me. The daily goals give me direction and action to reach the weekly and annual goals.
Great tips! I think doable tips are so important because then you can feel accomplished!
I really appreciate tips like this. The process of reflection can be really powerful. I like the big 3 idea for weekly and daily goals, and the idea of having someone to hold you accountable or keep it realistic.