Some people think that setting goals is a bit airy-fairy and a waste of time, but in my experience it really does help keep you stay focused and acts as a constant reminder of what you to achieve. Many people only set goals to reflect their business interests; but what about their health and fitness goals, eh?!
It doesn’t have to be a clinical task or even ‘SMARTER’ as the text books always tell you either. Setting your goals should be fun and can be related to a number of things.
Each year I sit down with Mrs W and we go over a number of goals we’d like to achieve for the year ahead. They range massively from business, to adventure, to fitness and even DIY!
We first choose a bunch of categories and then get busy coming up with goals to go in those categories. Some of these categories we’ve included in the past are family, travel, DIY, savings, adventure, education, leisure and business. Feel free to add your own categories when you get started.
From here we’ll choose 10 or so goals to go into each category. Some might be fairly easy to complete like fixing the handle on the bathroom door, whereas other might be a bit more challenging such as learning to swim. There are no rules to this process, so just jot down your goals and be imaginative with them.
See how many categories you can think of to set goals, keeping a balance between your professional life and personal life. Remember, this should be fun and don’t be afraid to get the family involved.
We stick our goals on the fridge so that we can see them often and tick them off as we achieve them. I’ll often have a look at the list to see whether we can make plans to tick off the remaining goals throughout the year.
Of course there are some goals that we don’t quite manage, such as winning the lottery, but we get through the majority of them by using this goal setting structure.
Give it a whirl yourself and see what goals you can come up with!