Setting Goals for 2014
Hi Everyone! Recently we did a guest post over at Tailored Fitness and talked about setting goals and offered 2 free printables to write them down on. Today I (Marissa) will be sharing these with my MOPS group and thought we would repost this in order to offer the printables to all of you! Enjoy!
January is the perfect time to start fresh, to hit the restart button and to think about what you want to accomplish in the new year. I (Marissa) have never been one to write “goals.” I make lists and love checking off the things I have done, but I don’t do goals. But… this year my husband asked me to sit down with him and write out some goals we have for our family this year. I started to see setting goals in a new way. Since becoming a mom, things are so crazy most of the time and I feel like I am just rushing to get things done and then move on to the next thing. I think goals have helped me to see the big picture and not just what is right in front of me, which can feel like chaos a lot of the time. The days can sometimes be monotonous, but with goals they have more purpose. By looking back at what we’ve accomplished together, and looking ahead to where we want to go, it can put life into perspective and help us stay focused on the big picture. Goals can also help you focus your time, consider what is important to you and prioritize, and stretch you to improve in areas of weakness.
So often I (Alisa) come up with goals for myself, but I tend to keep them in my head and tend to lose sight of them. For this reason, it is so important to write them down. I created a printable so you can have all your goals in one place and serve as a daily reminder to what you are striving to achieve. There are two different printables to choose from depending on your needs or wants. You can print it out and put it on your fridge or frame it and put it in your office. Its fun to save your goal sheets each year to look back and see all that you have accomplished. Click on the links below for high quality downloads.
Here are some tips as you sit down to write your goals. Goal setting can be overwhelming, so be SMART!
- S – Specific: What do you want to accomplish? Include details like what, when, why and how.
- M – Measurable: Are you able to track your progress?
- A – Attainable: Is your goal realistic? It is important to set challenging goals, but make sure they are within your reach. Try setting smaller goals that are steps to completing a larger goal.
- R – Relevant: Does it align with your vision, values, dreams and abilities? Is it meaningful?
- T – Time-bound: Does your goal have a set completion date? Create a schedule or time frame to help you reach this date.
Here are some ideas to get you started in setting goals in each of the categories on the printable:
- Personal: faith, relationships, career, home improvement, character traits
- Family: marriage, kids
- Health/Fitness: nutrition, work-outs, lifestyle
- Financial: savings, emergency fund, tithing, giving back
What are some of your 2014 goals? If you are looking for some inspiration throughout the year, Alisa made this printable. I printed it out and hung it on my wall to remind me daily that there is always something to be thankful for.