News flash: you’re probably not going to achieve your goals in 2021. Yep, I said it.
In fact, 92 percent of us aren’t going to reach our goals this year – despite all the goal-setting content bombarding us right now. Clearly, there’s something missing, and it is this:
We need to focus more on how to achieve our goals rather than just writing them down and forgetting what they were two months later. The follow-through is just as important (if not more important) than the initial goal-setting.
That’s where I come in.
The Roadmap To Achieve Your Goals
By the end of this post, you will have all the tools you need to develop the following:
- Specific, achievable goals for 2021
- 3-5 distinct tasks to achieve each goal
- Weekly objectives to ensure you complete each task
- Yearly timeline to hold you accountable
You can use the 2021 Goal Organizer to lay these out in a simple, cohesive way.
Without further ado, let’s get you on track to achieve your goals in 2021!
1. Categorize Your Life
When it comes to setting goals for an entire year, things can get pretty complicated. Let’s simplify the process by categorizing your goals in the very beginning.
Pick three main things that take up your time and energy and reflect your values. Think of them as categories for your obligations and passions in life. Mine, for example, were:
- Blog/ personal brand
These will name the individual sheets in your 2021 Goal Organizer, so make sure they encapsulate the goals you want to achieve.
2. Set SMART Goals & Objectives
I’m not going to drill you with the importance of SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goals.
Instead, I’m going to focus on two of the five SMART goal criterium: Measurable and timebound.
The first column in my spreadsheet is where you’ll write your overarching goal(s) for each category. Every single goal should be measurable(ie. you can actually measure whether you achieved it at the end of the year) and time-bound (ie. you have a deadline for completion).
For example, rather than setting out to “start my freelance business”, deepen it to say something like “launch my freelance business and secure two clients by May of 2021.” Which one do you think is more achievable?
Next, you’re going to write down the smaller tasks needed to achieve your goals.
I created a section for these “measurable objectives” (pictured above) with examples for you to emulate. Each task should be super specific and include a measurable value when possible.
3. Create a Timeline
The third section of the 2021 Goal Organizer is the timeline.
Each measurable objective will have its own timeline to keep you on track throughout the year. Simply highlight the boxes under the month(s) that you will be actively working on each task to give yourself a visual representation of the work ahead.
This monthly timeline will feed into the next step – setting weekly objectives!
4. Set Weekly Objectives
This is the step that really moves the needle.
Without the tiny everyday actions, there’s no way you’ll be consistent enough to achieve your goals in 2021. That’s why we’re breaking down our goals even further to create weekly objectives.
Let’s use the first measurable objective above as an example. If I want to define my service offerings and ideal client by the end of January, I’d break it down like this:
I use Evernote’s “Project Plan” note to organize these weekly tasks. It lets me break down my weekly goals and highlight them based on my progress. I highly recommend using Evernote (it’s free!) or any other organizational tool that works for you.
5. Download The 2021 Goal Organizer
I’m so excited for you to use these strategies to achieve your goals this year. As long as you keep your goals specific, stick to your timeline, and hold yourself accountable each week, you’ll look back in 12 months and thank yourself for putting in the work at the beginning. Happy planning!
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