I don’t know about you, but I just love this time of year! The new year is a time to set and organize your goals for the year ahead. All over the web, people are talking about setting goals for 2016. Being the goal-setting junkie that I am, I just love reading through these posts and seeing what everyone else’s big plans are for the year!
The big thing that not everyone talks about though, is how to organize your goals in a way that will help you to actually get them done. So today I’m going to walk you through how I organize my goals and how I intend to follow through throughout the year.
Anytime I think about goals, my mind immediately races back to an episode of Hal Elrod’s “Achieve Your Goals” podcast. Sadly, I don’t remember the episode number, but I did find it so enlightening that I dedicated a spread in my Bullet Journal to it:
I think it’s super important to have a clear action plan when you set and organize your goals to begin with. I love Hal’s 4 keys to goal setting. I’ve thought long and hard about them every time I sit down to set new goals for myself, whether that be annually, quarterly, or monthly.
HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR GOALS
In addition to the keys to goal setting above, try to think of the S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting acronym. You want your goals to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
Above, you can see how I laid out all of my blog & business goals for 2016 in my bullet journal. To the left are all of my big goals. On the right-hand side, I decided to break down each of those big goals into actionable steps.
I decided to only do this one quarter at a time, since my goals inevitably change and grow throughout the year. The key here is to break those bigger more daunting goals into smaller steps that are easy to accomplish.
I took this a step further in my mega A4-sized Blog & Business Bullet Journal pictured below. (Don’t worry, I have a HUGE blog post and video coming out about this next week) ;)
In addition to the Actionable Steps spread, I added an Accomplishments spread. This is where I will transfer over all of the small tasks that I tackle and accomplish each quarter. I can’t wait to see this page fill up with big things this year!
A FUN WAY TO ORGANIZE YOUR GOALS
While I know that most of you lovely readers are big bullet journal fans like me, there are definitely other ways out there to organize your goals. Here’s a fun one for you: Trello!
I’ve talked about how I use Trello as my blog editorial calendar in the past, but here’s another way to use it to organize your big goals:
I set up lists in Trello for each of my main goal categories. You can see that I have lots of goals here… that’s because each and every goal I can think of gets added to this Trello board.
For each new goal, I add a card and throw it into whatever category fits it best. I then color-code each card with labels and sort them by how soon I want to accomplish that goal.
Yellow: This Year
Orange: Next Year
Red: 3+ Years
There are many more goals in each category than what you see here, but these screenshots give you the general idea, right? Good! ;)
Ultimately, I believe that the key to setting and achieving your goals is to constantly review them.
Throughout the year, I set regular monthly dates with myself to sit down and review my goals. I write this “Mega-Planning” date into my monthly spread as an appointment with myself and I never miss that date!
How do you set and organize YOUR goals? I’d love to know, so drop me a line in the comments below, will ya?