Using a planner or bullet journal for goal setting can be completely life changing. Staying on track is so much easier when you take a little time out each day, or every few days, to review what you’ve been doing recently and whether or not you are anywhere closer to your goals.
There’s a chance you haven’t even considered much about goal setting until this moment, that’s okay. We all have to start somewhere.
Easy Goal Setting Strategies For Overwhelmed Entrepreneurs
The most important advice I can share with you is to try and focus on the next small step in front of you. It can be rather intimidating to continue with your goal setting when you realise that it might be a little more involved that you originally thought.
Focusing on the next step in front of you is the best way to tackle it.
All it takes is for you to take one small step towards your goals every day, even if it’s the tiniest and seemingly most insignificant task on your list. Simply achieving those gives you a boost of dopamine that’s actually great for your mental health.
Use A Dedicated Planner or Bullet Journal To Track Your Goals
Of course, you can use your personal planner with a dedicated goals planner (like the Slay your Goals Planner in the image above), or using a bullet journal.
Following a course or a workbook is an excellent way to make sure that you stay on track with all of the tasks required to achieve your goal.
You can have pages dedicated to listing all your short and long-term goals, tasks to complete those goals, and even a schedule of what to do when.
Decide What Planner To Use
This is a big decision to make, and is often dictated by the types of goals you have. If you are keeping your goals fairly simple, they can definitely fit in your ordinary planner.
However, some people like to be more complex and actually want a spiral bound large workbook for setting and detailing their goals and the tasks involved.
Do you want to start a blog? Lose weight or even run a marathon? Write it down
More goal ideas:
- Read more books
- Eat healthier
- Run 5k
- Attend a high level leaders retreat
- Hire a new CFO
- Do yoga every week
Use the S.M.A.R.T.E.R Goals Method
SMARTER stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time specific, ethical and recorded. These goals are not just some big, elaborate dream, but something that is achievable.
You want a goal to be realistic and something where you can measure the level of success. It is also good to set a time for completing the goal, which encourages you to keep up with the tasks and have a clear set path.
Using a dedicated goal setting workbook is a great way to reach your goals so much faster.
Be Specific with Tasks and Deadlines
Here is where people often go wrong- they set a goal, but it is open-ended, and doesn’t really include instructions on how to complete it.
When you set a goal, you should also have a broad look at tasks required to complete that goal, then each of those tasks might have more details about how to complete them.
You might want to start an online business, so tasks often include setting a budget, creating a website, and taking inventory. For the website, there are even more tasks required, like choosing a domain name, hosting, and web design.
There are a lot of tasks that come along with a goal like this, so be sure to select dates for specific mini goals and ensure you achieve things by a certain time and date.
Schedule All Tasks
Another important part of setting goals in your planner is to schedule the tasks. This is one of the benefits of using your planner for your different goals.
Each time you list a task to be completed for that goal or project, set a deadline. After the deadline is set, add it your calendar pages, including the monthly and weekly calendar areas.
This is going to keep you on track, reducing stress, and offering more organization and structure in your life. Each day when you check in with your planner, you know what is expected of you on that day.
Each week you should review your goals to see whether or not you are any closer than you were last week. It’s also incredibly important for you to not judge yourself or get discouraged when there’s a setback.
Our biggest triumphs often come through failure and there is always something to learn from our mistakes.