Happy New Year! You know what I like best about this time of year? It's a great time to revisit and renew my goals from the previous year. While I do not make new years resolutions, I do like to revisit goals at the beginning of the year, in fact, I usually check on them once a quarter. Goals should be measurable, so that you some control over these goals. Utilizing the SMART system can help. I keep a copy of my goals in my daily planner.
Goal Setting for 2014 Free Printable
I wanted to share my goal setting sheet with you so I made a printable. The 5 ½" x 8" Goal Setting sheet can be printed and hole-punched to fit into your day planner. I like to use separate pages for my blog and for my personal life. I try to limit my goals to five or less in each area, because too many is like a long to do list. A long list will become too difficult to achieve and will end up in discouragement and feelings of anxiety.
This printable is designed to not only to allow you to list your goal, but to also indicate why you have that goal. This will help you in truly defining what you are trying to achieve. So for me, I would like to lose 5 pounds by the beginning of June. By listing why I want to achieve this, it helps to remind me that I do not want to just lose a few pounds, I want to feel more energized and establish exercise habits to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Putting the reason in writing may also help to determine if it is really a goal, or just a want.
Measurement of Goals
The measurement section is where to quantify the goal. Some goals are easy to list in numbers, such as weight, sales, pageviews, etc. Others not so much. You may have to be creative if the goal is related to emotions or feelings. Sometimes a meter system can help with these types of goals.
Tracking Your Goals
Finally, indicate how you plan to track your goal. Using the weight loss example, I might measure it be a scale or measuring tape. But that is not what is intended under tracking. What I use this space for, is to indicate specifically how I will track the goal regularly. So with the weight loss scenario, I might say I will weigh myself every Sunday and then I schedule it on my calendar each Sunday. Will you check on your goal each week? Each month? If you do not schedule a tracking date, it probably will not happen. It helps not to be too hard on yourself and allow yourself some time to develop habits to help you achieve your goals. You can always narrow or widen the tracking time.
If anyone would like a larger version of this (8 ½" x 11"), please leave a note in the comments.
To Download your goal sheet, click here => My-Goal-Planner 8.5 x 5.5
There are two sheets per page and once you hole punch them, they fit into your planner nicely.
What is one of your goals for 2014?