Do you see yourself, watching Netflix and having no idea of what you will do in the evening or even in the next weeks? It’s a little bit cliché but it’s exactly what’s happen during our twenties.
Having goals during your twenties is essential. It’s mandatory if you want to change something in your life : change your career, do more workouts or do something creative.
You maybe have too many goals and you don’t know how to start. Or you have nothing in mind but you really want to have goals to moving on in your life.
Actually, having goals helps me to go through to my quarter-life crisis. At that moment, I wasn’t aware about what was wrong with me. I had no goals, or didn’t stick to it. I didn’t want to do anything and I wasn’t able to make decisions about my life. After 6 months doing nothing, I decided to get out of this state of mind.
So here is what I did to set goals and actually achieve them.
Sit and think
Before anything else, the most important is to think about your goals. When was the last time you sat in order to think about your life with a notebook? Today is the day!
Take a notebook and write all the goals that you want to achieve. Write all the desires that you have, all the “things” that you want in your life, all the “It would be great if…”
It could be visiting a foreign country that you want to visit for a long time, learning a new language or be more healthy. Try to list at least twenty goals!
On my list, there was several goals : lose weight (finally!), try to go zero waste and open a blog!
Then, when you have your goals list, rank them according to priority, importance. For me, it’s really important to lose weight and everything that is around weight because it means have a healthier life, so have more energy to do a lot of things.
If it’s difficult for you to make a choice, ask yourself these questions :
- Is this goal a life-changing one?
- What is your life vision when you will achieve this goal?
- Is this goal one that you have had for a long time?
Then, keep the first 3 goals (the other goals on this list will be for later!) that seems the most important for you. Now that you have your 3 goals, you can go to the next step!
You maybe already heard about SMART goals. It helps you to be more specific with goal to achieve it. You will have a vision more precise about it.
But what means SMART?
- S for SPECIFIC : the goal must be the most precise and understandable as possible.
- M for MEASURABLE : the result must be measurable (for example if you want to lose weight)
- A for ACHIEVABLE : it’s possible to attain it. You will have enough time and resources for achieving this goals.
- R for RELEVANT : your goal must be meaningful for yourself (not something that other think you should do). This goal mustn’t take you more time than a more important goal.
- T for TIME-BOUND : the goal must have an end, it’s limited in the time.
For example, be rich and successful isn’t a SMART goal because it’s too vague and have no due date. But I want to win 500,000 dollars by selling a best seller book in 5 years is a SMART goal!
Now that you know what is a SMART goal, try to be more specific with your goal. Maybe you want to lose XX pounds in 6 months to wear your favorite pair of jeans, by doing workouts and eating less processed food.
Maybe you want to finish your book in 6 month and write at least 5 pages by day.
Having SMART goals will help you to keep your motivation and to find that your goal is achievable.
Goals must become plans
So you have SMART goals now and you’re excited about them! To reach them, your goals must become plans and objectives.
Take your notebook and write where you want to be in 1 month, 3 months and 6 months for each goal. For example, if you want to lose weight, you want to lose X pounds at 1 month, XX pounds at 3 months and reach your ideal weight at 6 months. Once you do this, ask yourself how you can reach all these steps. If I take the “lose weight” goal, you will need to go to the gym or to workout 5 times a week and to eat no more than 1800 calories every day.
If you want to start a blog, you will need to create your website, write like 20 blog posts and create content for 2 or 3 social media the first month and do some other things for the next months.
In addition, you maybe start to reach your goal before being consistent with it. You maybe already start your blog, your book or whatever. Write it down on your notebook, you can be proud!
Don’t be too ambitious, you won’t write a book in 2 days! Be realistic but not too long in the time. If so, you won’t be motivate and you won’t start today!
Divide your goals in several tasks
You maybe feel overwhelmed with your goals. It seems too much work and you don’t how to start. You need to divide these goals in several tasks.
If you want to lose weight, start with a membership subscription to a gym or a fitness program or look at YouTube channel to follow. Then, you have to change your food. So you can choose some recipes from Pinterest and write what you need during your groceries.
For this step, you will need to have a planner or a to-do list by project. You can use a daily paper planner or a to-do list app.
By dividing your goal into multiple tasks, you will be more efficient because you will what to do at which time. You will check your to-do list more easily. You will see results faster!
Use tools to see your progress
With all these steps, you must be impatient to start! It’s time!
To be more efficient, here is a blog post about how to be more productive in your life to achieve your goals.
To finish, I want to talk about tools that I use to help me to reach my goals.
- Todoist : this App is the best to-do list app that I try. I download it on my computer and my phone to check my to-do list wherever I am. In the Pro version you have model already written for project. For example, you have model for writing a blog post steps. It’s wonderful!
- Strides App: if you want to change some habits or to add a daily habit, Strides is for you. If you want to meditate every day, you put in the application that you want to meditate every day at 8pm. and it will notify when it’s time to meditate. It will give some stats about your new habit and so on…
- Beeminder : Beeminder was a revolution for me! It’s a tool to help you to reach your goals with money. Let me explain : you want to lose XX pounds in 6 months. So you put these data on the website. It will give you a courbe with the weigh that you must lose each day. If you’re not in the target, you must pay! Of course, you can decide how much money you want to pay each time you’ll be outside the lines. The website could be related to application like Todoist or Withing and even more.
Some of us are crazier than other. In this YouTube channel, Thomas Frank explain that a writer put all his savings on the site to finally write a book! And obviously, it works!!
I hope this blog post will help to set goals and stick to them! Share me on the comments below if you have another method to set goals or if you have another tools!