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Effective Goal Setting

One of the tips I gave in my Five Ways to Invest in Yourself blog was setting goals. If you are one of those individuals that set goals and forget about them, here are three tips for effective goal setting!

1. Don't Have Too Many Goals

I used to be one of those individuals who had ten things I wanted to accomplish at once. Preferably, look at achieving one at a time. If you are one of those individuals that like to do multiple things, do not go over three goals. You want to ensure that you effectively take care of those things within those goals.

2. Take Daily Action

For example, I know several people that want to start writing a book. So I would say to that, set a timer. If you're a morning person, set a timer for 5-5:30 in the morning and make sure that you have something right next to your bed to help you with that goal. For instance, if you like to put pen to paper like me, then have a journal or tablet with that pen next to your bed so you can start writing that first chapter. If you like to use a computer, make sure it's next to your bed and have it already set to the topic you want to write about. The key is doing it first thing in the morning!

3. Have an Accountability Partner

It's okay that you want to set a goal, have a deadline, and do the action items, but is there someone you can talk to daily or weekly to keep you accountable and check in with you periodically to make sure that you're actually on the right track?

And for some reason, if you don't want everyone to know the goal, you can be your accountability partner! That will mean journaling in the morning or evening and self-reflecting on all the things you have done to work towards your goal, what's working, what's not working and what needs to be adjusted.

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