How to Set Goals You’ll Actually Achieve

Hey. So I’m back today with a new blog post on how to start setting goals that you’ll actually be able to achieve. Everyone always says ‘Learn your Goal and Strive Towards It’. But they never tell us how. Setting goals is easy. But striving for them? Nah. I could say ‘I’ll earn 100k pageviews in one day;)” but we all know that’s practically impossible. 99 percent, what’s going to happen is I’m going to see a cute tumblr quote about having dreams and just sit back and be like, “Yeah, I’ll just keep on dreaming my dreams.” But that’s NOT IT. You have to work for those dreams to become reality. But working…that can be hard.

How to Start Setting Goals you'll actually achieve

IDENTIFY WHERE YOU’RE STRUGGLING

What this means, for me, is identify why you can’t achieve all the goals you previously set. Is it because they are too hard? They’re out of your league? You’re always procrastinating? Why are you, if so? Is it because they are too long? Or maybe they’re too hard? Think about all these things, ask yourself.

Identify where you’re struggling. For me, it was that I used to have one day where I’d watch a great video on organisation, get inspired, give myself a wall calendar, put the ENTIRE WORLD’S TASKS on there, and then never complete them, because there were so many tasks. I just couldn’t complete them.

So identify where you’re struggling to achieve those goals. Where is it that you can’t lift your leg high enough to climb over the hurdle? Once you identify that point, work on it.

SEPARATE DREAMS FROM GOALS

The number one mistake people make is confusing goals with dreams.

Dreams are out-of-league things that you can’t have now, but you might have them someday, given some specific circumstances. “I will get 100k pageviews in one day” is a dream. But I can’t have that now, but I might someday, if I work hard on my posts and on making them better. “I will be the world’s best doctor” is a dream I can’t have now, because I’m not only twelve, but I also know nothing about the human body. Dreams could also be just really off-the-charts things. Like, “I want to become a full time youtuber,” when I know full-well my grandpa will smack me in the head for saying that.

If you visit My List page, you’ll see that all the things on there are very long-term. Like becoming an architect. Getting married. Starting a family. Those are things I can’t (Even if I could, I wouldn’t dare, especially that last one!) do right now. Those are things far off in the future. They are dreams. They might change over time. Who knows? I might even decide to become a lawyer and not marry? (Don’t worry, mom and dad, this is just an example).

Goals are short-term things to achieve. It means being honest about what you can achieve where you are right now. My goals would be like ‘finish this-many- books in this-many weeks!’ or ‘grow to 50 kilograms’. Things like that are things I can do. If I commit enough time to reading, I can finish however many books I want in that period of time. If I eat more, eat healthy, I can grow to 50 kilograms. So it’s these little things you want to achieve to make life better.

DON’T OVERLOAD

Another big mistake for me. Overloading. I said this before, but I’m repeating this, because this phrase just rightfully encapsulates what I’m trying to say. I’d watch a great video on organisation, get inspired, give myself a wall calendar, put the entire world’s tasks on there, and then never complete them, because there were so many hard tasks for me to do, I couldn’t. (See ‘How I used to Set Goals’ below).

It took me a while to figure this out, but everyone overloads. Don’t do that. If there is a project due Monday and it’s Friday, push it to the side and reserve it for sunday (In my bullet journal and with post-its, I have a colour coding system to arrange tasks for days of the week. See below for more information on how I note goals). If your teacher said ‘it’s your choice,’ and you already have a million things to do, then your choice is no.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

If you look in my ‘How I Used to Set Goals’ down below, you’ll see how I’ve mentioned the ‘urgent tasks for today’. That correlates with this sub-heading. First things first.

First of all do all the ‘five-minute-just-do-it’ goals. Then move to the urgent goals (supposing they are to be done in one day), and then move to the ones due in a few days.

START SMALL

If you dump everything on your head all at once, you’re going to get crushed under the weight of it, and end up ditching all the goals themselves. This was one of the many things I did. As I said, I’d watch a great video on organisation, get inspired, give myself a wall calendar, put the entire world’s tasks on there, and then never complete them, because there were so many impossible tasks for me to do, I couldn’t.

Imagine if children had to choose their occupation at 5 years and then study only that profession from there onwards–if they all started big. The world would be nowhere. Similarly, if you start big, you’ll be getting nowhere.

So start with smaller, shorter and easier goals to set and achieve, and then spread forward to bigger goals, once you’ve built a habit. Which brings us to the next point.

BUILD A HABIT

One of my other mistakes back in the dark years of this blog, I had a planner. It was really good and well decorated. It had all the things I needed in it. But…I’d never check it. Big mistake. There’s no point in having a planner or even a bullet journal if you’re not regularly checking it to see what goals you have or need to achieve!

So build a regular habit of checking it. Remind yourself of it continuously. What you are using to remind yourself of it is also important. After the planner was doing me no good I ditched it and resolved to using post-its on the wall above my desk. That was a big display, always there and easy to see. But I’ve stopped using it since the bullet journal.

How you build that habit of writing and checking and crossing off goals off of a paper/screen is entirely up to you, and you alone.

HOW I USED TO SET GOALS

Before I found the magic solution, I’d grab my journal or some post-its, and list all the things I needed to do. This would mean all the homework, blog posts, videos, and every single thing. This could add up to about twenty tasks to do. Then I’d either post it on my wall or keep it in the journal so I could tick off the ones I’ve done. But I’d never actually follow them. They were just there for show, not really doing anything on the wall or in the journal.

HOW I SET GOALS NOW:

Say, for example, I have the following tasks to do on a Friday in April:

  • Write a script (Due July)
  • Finish writing a book (Due End of Year)
  • Do Maths Homework (Due Tomorrow)
  • Do Science Homework (Due Monday)
  • Make a project for the exhibition (Due Next Friday)
  • Write a blog post (Due Tomorrow)
  • Edit a video (Due this Sunday)

Then the urgent tasks for today would be:

  • Do Maths Homework (Due Tomorrow)
  • Write a blog post (Due Tomorrow)
  • Edit a video (Due this Sunday)
  • Do Science Homework (Due Monday)

The science homework would not be necessary, and it isn’t very long, so harm in getting it over with. And then, if you have free time, feel free to add more relaxed things like the book or the script.

Also, I just quickly want to mention that Megan, from LivingBetweentheLines.com did a workbook/post on this very topic, and if you want further details, go ahead and check her out. She wrote about some ‘quick five-minute fixes for ‘I don’t feel like it’. The workbook is in this post.

AND THAT’S IT!

I’m literally in no position to do this post because I didn’t come so much as near to my goal of posting twice a week, but I have taken other goals, so I think that’s a green light (if you got that reference, comment below!). I know this post was very small, but that’s all I had. I’m sorry I haven’t been posting anything lately, I’ve been very caught up with exams and school. I will try and get back on schedule. But to make sure you stay notified, make sure you subscribe to my blog! I’ll see you next time! Bye!

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