Goal Setting – How to Plan and Track Your Goals

Do you practice goal setting in your personal life? Because if you are not, I will tell you that in order to have a balanced life, you absolutely have to start. Goals setting is not just for your career! Today I will show you the process that I use to set and track my goals, in all areas of my life.

Why Do You Need Goals in Your Personal Life?

I used to be that person who would only schedule my goals for my job. I had goals for each year. But I never thought goal setting was something people did in their personal life.

The only exception being losing weight. That is something most people were doing, especially in January 🙂

But as I have started my personal development journey, I realized how important goal setting is!

The quote by Zig Ziglar comes to mind.

“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time”

Wow! That is the reaction I had to that quote. We absolutely need to know what we want to accomplish in our personal lives. How else are we going to know if we are heading into the right direction?

 

We all have dreams! We all say, I want to travel more, or I want to become debt free, or I want to start a side business. What we need to do with those dreams is make them into goals and create plans on what we need to do to get there!

Where to Start?

Start with listing your priorities. List your priorities, as they relate to your vision, for the near future. Depending on what your specific situations, the timeframe will vary. I like to evaluate and revise my priorities every 3 months. Sometimes they stay the same for the next timeframe and sometimes I change them.

I have created a FREE Printable called Goal Planner and Tracker, which you can DOWNLOAD HERE. Or you can create your own version.

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Look at ALL Areas of Your Life

I was guilty so many times in the past of concentrating on accomplishing a goal in a single area of my life while completely ignoring the rest. And that never works out. Because in the end, the neglected areas start negatively impacting all other areas of your life. Including the one that you have been concentrating on.

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In my printable, I have created 10 different areas. All of them are applicable to you, with the exception of side business if that is not something that you have or desire to pursue.

The areas include:

  • Health
  • Fitness
  • Family
  • Household
  • Spiritual
  • Personal Growth
  • Career
  • Side Business
  • Financial
  • Volunteer

Look at each of those areas and decide what goals you want to accomplish in each. If you have more than one goal per area, I suggest printing one page per each goal (or creating one page for each goal if you are using your own).

Example:

The priorities that I currently have for myself are for Summer 2019 timeframe and they are in the areas of Family, Household, and Side Business.

The goal for the Family area of my life is to spend more quality time with my family. Summer time is much more relaxed in our household since we don’t have school, after school activities, and our workload is on the lighter side. Therefore, the goal is to utilize that time as much as possible and spend more time with each other.

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The goal for the Household area of my life is to declutter the areas of my house that I did not get a chance to get into yet. If you have read some of my previous posts, you know that I have been on a decluttering journey for a while now. However, there are still a few areas that I need to tackle (read on to see exactly what they are).

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And the goal for the Side Business of my life is to create templates and implement systems that will allow me to spend more time creating content for this blog and my YouTube channel and less time on the administrative tasks.

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Goals Need Plans of Action

Did you ever hear a quote ‘a goal without a plan is just a dream’? You don’t want to dream here, you want to go after your goals. And in order to do that, you need to create a plan of action. Under each goal, write down the tasks or activities that you need to accomplish.

Then add a timeline to each activity. This is an important step, because if you do not give yourself a specific timeframe to accomplish a task, you will not be motivated. I wrote a blog post about how setting deadlines helps you be more productive – you can read about it HERE.

Example:

This is an example from my personal life. As I mentioned above, one of my goals for this summer is to declutter the house. These are the tasks that I have wrote down for this goal on my Goal Planner and Tracker sheet:

Goal: Declutter the House

  • Task 1: Declutter office closet
    • Timeline: July 15th
  • Task 2: Declutter Emilia’s close
    • Timeline: July 30th
  • Task 3: Declutter David’s closet
    • Timeline: July 30th
  • Task 4: Declutter Kitchen
    • Timeline: August 15th
  • Task 5: Declutter Basement
    • Timeline; August 30th

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Don’t Neglect Other Areas of Your Life

I have mentioned that before, but I am a huge believer that in order to have a balanced life, we have to address all the areas of our life – not just the priorities we are working on.

I’m not saying that you have to have an ambitious goal for each area of your life, but you need to have a minimum standard in each.

Example:

Fitness is not my priority are for me right now. But it does not mean that I will completely ignore it. While I don’t set a goal of running a marathon in the next three months, my goal is to maintain my fitness routine.

Here is how this would look like:

Goal: Exercise 5 days a week, 30 minutes per day

  • Task 1: Exercise 5 days a week
    • Timeline: July 6th
  • Task 2: Exercise 5 days a week
    • Timeline: July 13th

I basically list the same task for each week in a given timeframe. That way I can check in every week to make sure that I am staying on track.

Put the Plan into Action

Now that you have a plan, it’s time for the execution. Put those plans somewhere where you can see them so they keep you motivated.

Don’t forget to think about your WHY when you simply don’t feel like it. Motivation will come and go, so you cannot solely rely on it. Keep reminding yourself why you set that goal in the first place.

For me, I want to declutter my house over summer because I want us to start a new school year with less stuff. I want to have everything organized, so when our schedule starts getting hectic, I can have an easier time finding things and I don’t have to spend a lot of time cleaning thinks that I don’t even use.

Goal Setting - How to Effectively Plan and Track Goals

Evaluate Your Progress

Make sure you check in on your progress on a regular basis. Weekly check-in is what works for me. That way I’m giving myself a chance to evaluate how well I’m doing with the tasks and the deadlines I have assigned to them.

Sometimes, the dates need a little adjustments. Simply, because life happens. But most of the time I’m able to complete my tasks. And nothing beats the feeling you get when you get to check something off your list 🙂

Your Turn

Do you set goals for yourself? What has worked and what has not worked for you when it comes to goal setting?

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5 thoughts on “Goal Setting – How to Plan and Track Your Goals

  1. Really interesting! I’ve never set goals before because, honestly, I have always been terrified of failure. If I wrote down goals and didn’t meet them, it would trigger a spiral of inadequacy and shame and it just wasn’t worth it. I was never mentally and emotionally ready to roll with the punches, fail, try something new, to be adaptable. I’d like to say I’m much improved this year so hopefully goal setting is something I can start to dabble with.

    1. I was there before. For me, the root cause was that my goals were too big. This is why I started breaking them town into small tasks. I also started accepting the fact that while I will work hard to accomplish my goals, I have to give myself some grace. Sometimes life happens and goals have to be adjusted. Good luck with your journey 🙂

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