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Tips For Planning Your Goals

Dreams are fun aren’t they? I put goals up there with dreams a lot of time. Honestly I’m the kind of girl who has to dial it back a bit when it comes to goals or I’ll end up feeling overwhelmed. But funny enough, I love writing up huge lists of dreams and goals that I want to have accomplished by last week. 

Yep, you read that correct. Not meaning that I actually want to go back in time and somehow have things accomplished in the past by a time in the future. Now that’s getting way more confusing than it should be. I overdo myself when it comes to all the things I want to accomplish and honestly, it’s not doable. The worst thing I think is that when you set yourself up for this disaster, you feel really deflated like you won’t ever accomplish anything. And that’s not true, it’s just because you didn’t set yourself up for success while you were setting your goals.

I remember in middle school a teacher asked us to write out all our dreams and goals. I filled a sheet of paper with things I wanted to do, places I wanted to go, and other magnificent things I wanted to do. At the beginning of the class, a kid in piped up and asked “What if you don’t know what to write?” In my middle school mind, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for them. How could they not have goals or dreams? 

I know that setting goals for the future so you can reach your goals can be hard so stay with me here. I will help you brainstorm your goals for your life here.

All you have to do is get a notebook and write down these three categories:

1. Physically 

2. Mentally

3. Spiritually

4. Creatively 

Now, under each of those I want you to push yourself to come up with a minimum of 5 areas/things you want to improve about yourself and your life?

After that I want you to ask yourself this “What do I need to do in order to make this really happen.”

So if I listed I want to lose weight under the “Physically” spot then I’d list out 5 things that I’d have to do in order to lose weight. I’d have to ask myself how much weight I want to lose so I know how far I have to go. I’d write down 1. Work out every day for 30 minutes. 2. Cut out excessive sugar. 3. Only have 1 portion of something sweet a day. 4. Get 8 hours of sleep. 5. Drink at least half my body weight in ounces a day.

Then you’ll sort of know where you need to go from here.

Next step: SMART goals 

I want to help you set SMART goals that won’t become a list of things you want to have done by last week. In the past, I remember reading books about setting SMART goals and rolling my eyes thinking that this didn’t really work. They do work though. Setting aside time to actually set goals like this will help you achieve your goals. I didn’t create the SMART goal system, but a man named Paul Meyer did. 

Here are some things to think about when it comes to setting goals a smart way:

S – A goal should be Specific. If it’s vague, you’ll never know exactly what you need to accomplish to mark a goal as done. One of my goals this year, was to workout every single day for just a minimum of 30 mins. 

M – You’ll also want to make sure that your goals are Measurable. In order for a goal to be measurable, you must be able to track it. For example, as a writer, I write books. So for the book I’m currently writing I can say “I am going to write 1,000 words everyday during the week.” Then since I can track it, it is a measurable goal.

A – It’s also important for your goal to be Actionable, which means that you’ll always know what you need to do next to finish your project/goal. Something that always helps me do this is by writing down the goal and then listing out the steps that will need to be done in order to call this project done. Then you’ll know all the steps that you have to accomplish. That makes your goal actionable so you can get it done.

R – You’ll want to make sure your goal is Relevant. Since my health has been quite important to me, my husband and I did the Whole30 plan. It’s not a diet, but is basically a 30 day challenge to help you figure out how certain foods affect you. This plan was relevant to where we were at that time in our lives. We wanted to eat healthier so that worked perfectly. 

T – It’s a good thing for a goal to be Timely. In other words, when I’m writing my books, even before I’ve started writing them I need to sit down and figure out some things. I figure out when they will publish so I can figure out when I need to be done writing them. This also helps because I know when I need to send them to critique readers and editors, as well as when to send to print. A trick I use for figuring this out, is by starting in the future with when you want the project to be completely done. So for an author that would be when the book publishes. Write that date down. Then work yourself forward to where you are now and you’ll have a timely step-by-step goal of what you need to have accomplished to reach the end.

Whenever you sit down to figure out your goals make sure you go over those five-step system to make sure those goals are doable. You’ll be a lot less likely to feel like a failure if you stick to keeping your goals specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, and timely. 

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What I’ve Read So Far in 2021

Do you like reading? I love it, but I think that in the past few years, I kind of stopped reading as much as I did in highschool.

Enter 2020 and I began reading more again. I think it may have been as a way to escape from everything happening in our world. Understandable, right? But anyway, I made a goal to read more, because in order to be a writer you need to be a reader. And you need to read a lot. I’ve carried that goal into this year as well.

So far, at the time of writing this post, I’ve read 13 books. And they are a cross between personal development, contempory, YA, and more.

1. One Word That Will Change Your Life

This book is one that I read every year. So good for re-aligning your goals and thoughts for the new year. And all through a word that you choose for the year.

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2. The Camel Club (Camel Club #1) by David Baldacci

My husband loves all books by Baldacci, and He started playing the audio book when we took off to the South Dakota Black Hills for New Year. He wanted me to listen to it too. I loved it. It’s a political thriller and it is awesome!!

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How To Get Back On Track With Your Goals After Being Sick

Today I wanted to chat about what you can do to get back on track with your goals after being sick. I hate being sick. You almost get this you would have to die to get better feeling, which is awful. Plus, I struggle to work through being sick — so I can’t read because my eyes get all dried and they hurt. So that puts reading or writing out of question.

As you all know, my husband and I had the Rona virus at the beginning of February. I wrote a past blog post about what we did to get over it here. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I sometimes struggle to get back on the wagon with my goals. Sometimes after being sick, I need time to just sit and binge watch a TV series. *Guilty*

But after all that, I wanted to share what you can do to get back on track.

Get Out Your Trusty Notebook

I’ve always felt powerful with a notebook in my hands. Probably similar to how a knight felt holding his sword. Well, maybe not exactly the same, but I always felt like I could figure out anything as long as I could write it out. I still remember brainstorming how to improve things in my life in a notebook during class in college. Being able to figure it out gave me a sense of peace.

Once you have your notebook out just make a list. This list will be all the things you want to get done to reach your goals. Just continue making a list. It can include goals for work, school, parenting, your marriage, and more. But the point is, writing it all down.

Pick One Goal To Focus On First

Look over your list and circle 5 goals that you’d like to focus on. But then pick the ONE you want to focus on first. Narrowing down on one goal at a time is important so you don’t overwhelm yourself.

Take that goal and write it on top of an empty page and fill that page with action steps or tasks that you need to accomplish in order to make that goal a reality and not just a thought. Write the steps it will take to make it happen.

For example: Mine might be “Finish current WIP”

and then I’d write a list of actionable steps:

  1. Figure out 3-5 scenes every week.
  2. Write for 4 hours a day.
  3. Write the misbelief for main characters
  4. Write about main pov characters past to figure out there future.
  5. Once the scenes are planned, sit down and write the book.

There might be more that I’d add to the list, but the great thing about this is that if I randomly think of something else I should add, I’ll do that. That’s what I love about lists. Making them can be so helpful.

Schedule The Action Steps

Sit down with your planner. I usually start with the finished goal. When do you want to have accomplish the goal — finished it? Called it DONE?

Pick a date. Yay! Now that you have a finish date in mind work your way back to today. If you need to push your finish day further away to make your goal achievable, don’t feel bad to do that as well. We want to make sure our goals are SMART. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Based)

Begin.

Now that you have your action plan scheduled and in the books, it’s time to get to work. Make sure you show up for yourself and your goals every day. If you take a break, make sure it’s a planned break in your schedule. Every day that you inch forward on your goals, you are making progress. And progress over time reaches finished goals — leaving you feeling accomplished.

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