We are one week into the New Year, and unfortunately many people have already forgotten about their New Year’s Resolutions. You may find that I have been talking about goals A LOT lately, but that is just one of my tactics for staying focused on my goals this year. If we are talking about them and have them in the forefront of our minds, it’s less likely we will fall off track.
Today I thought I would share some tips for getting organized to achieve your goals. This doesn’t just apply to New Year’s goals; they can be used any time of year! (Also, we should be setting goals and/or reevaluating our goals all year long!)
1. Develop a system to keep track of your progress
Depending on what your goals are, you may need a way to keep track of your progress. There are many ways to do this, but the key is to have it in a place that is easily accessible to you.
This year I am all about excel spreadsheets. I developed a mileage tracking form where I also tack my miles walked and push-ups. I have a separate form for managing my budget. I am using OneDrive for business to store these worksheets so I can see them from any device, but you could also use something like google docs for this purpose.
A handwritten tracking system can also work well, and many may find this more personal. Either way, find something that will work for you!
2. Make sure you keep your goals in sight
For now I have been adding reminders on my calendar for certain things that I may forget about. This also works well for things like workouts- write them on your calendar!
Once we have our office set up I hope to hang up my goals somewhere in there. You just want to make sure that you see the things you are working towards so you don’t forget about them as the year goes on!
As I have said before it also really helped me last year to do monthly check-ins. I added a reminder on my blogging calendar to do a monthly update around the 1st of each month, so that helped to hold me accountable over a shorter period of time.
3. Look for support from others
If you are feeling overwhelmed, remember that you don’t have to do everything alone. In the days of the internet there are always ways to find people who are working towards the same goals as you. Seek out tips from others who have been successful at what you are trying to do.
It can also be helpful to seek support from family and friends, whether it’s just emotional support or actually asking them to do things that will help to move you in the direction of achieving your goal.
You can also consider hiring a coach in an area where you need support. Maybe look into a health coach or a running coach if those are goal areas for you!
4. Have a plan and adjust as needed
Every goal needs a plan, but goals and plans should be flexible too. Write down how you are going to work towards your goal, but don’t be afraid to make adjustments if your initial plan isn’t working. It’s better to stick to your goal and take longer to get there than to give up all-together!
5. Fine-tune your problem-solving skills
When working towards a daunting goal, we are bound to run into challenges. Don’t let them deter you from your plans; stop, assess, and figure out a way around it. Get used to this because I am sure it will happen all the time if you have a big, long-term goal!
By planning ahead and staying organized you will be more likely to stay on track towards your goals. It’s all about focus and maintaining motivation!
What are your tips for staying organized when working towards a goal?
What do you think will be the most challenging goal for you to achieve this year?