Thursday, July 31, 2014

HOW TO SET GOALS AND ACHIEVE THEM || FREE PRINTABLES

I feel like I am always finding myself creating lists of things I want and even need to accomplish. Occasionally I am fairly good at accomplishing these tasks but often they seem to be set aside for "tomorrow". I have also found that whenever I set a goal, I start out with lots of enthusiasm but overtime that excitement begins to wear off and I give up. 
So, I came up with a plan. 
This plan was actually inspired by a strong desire to buy the Fuljifilm INSTAX Instant Smartphone Printer. I discovered it online and immediately thought, "Are you kidding me?! I HAVE to own this." I mean honestly, look at that beauty.
However, as beautiful as it might be, I can't justify spending $199 right now. So, instead of frivolously running out and blowing all my money. I decided I would earn it. I would set goals and if I accomplished them, then I could buy it.  
So, how do you set goals and actually achieve them? 
Well, for starters, I have a REASON to accomplish them. I have a reward in sight that I am working towards. But there is more to it... I researched the topic and I put together a fool-proof way to accomplishing your goals if you really follow the steps. 
There are five important steps to accomplishing your goals. Lucky for you there is an easy way to remember these steps. These are SMART goals, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. 
1. SPECIFIC: Whatever your goal is, you need to make it specific. If your goal is to be more healthy, then you need to set specific goals like "This week I will exercise each day for at least 30 minutes." This way it is easier to track your progress and focus on what you are actually trying to achieve. 
2. MEASURABLE: Along with being specific, it is important for your goals to be measurable. Wanting to be healthy is great and making that goal more specific is an awesome start, but we need to be sure we are setting goals that can be measured in order to track our progress. 
3. ATTAINABLE: This one is super important and seems to be the most difficult for me. I always have these really lofty goals and when I can't accomplish them I get really discouraged and give up. When setting goals it is completely fine to start kind of small. In doing so you are less likely to give up annnnd its a huge confidence booster when you can track your progress and you see how far you have come.   
4. RELEVANT: It is important to have a firm understanding of why you are working towards this goal. If it isn't something that is relevant or of real importance it can be difficult to continue working for it. You have to be motivated by something. 
5. TIME-BOUND: Goals NEED deadlines. If you haven't set one then it is easy to put things off and wait until tomorrow. This often leads us to a list of unfinished and unaccomplished goals. Deadlines offer the necessary push we need to get things started and keep them going. 
 I created this printable to help you get started on accomplishing your goals. In the top half you write what your long term goal is. On the bottom half you will write out your short term goals that will help you accomplish your long term goal. It is super important that you fill out the "complete by" section so that your goal remains "Time-Bound".  As you set your goals make sure that each one is SMART, (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound).
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What are some tips that help you accomplish your goals? 



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