5 Categories for ACTIONABLE and MEASURABLE Quarterly Goals

Goal setting is one of my favorite topics to cover. I’m a firm believer in ACTIONABLE and MEASURABLE goals to get you to where you want to be quicker and with less effort. Check out my latest IGTV where I go through this process.

At the end of each year, I write out my goals for the year to come. My goals are separated into 5 categories:

1. SPIRITUAL

Things you want to “achieve” spiritually eg: having quiet time every morning. Make this actionable and measurable by setting a time and place that you will sit and do it. This will allow you to track whether you are completing this goal or not.

2. PHYSICAL

Activities you want to have in your regular practice eg: do you want to complete a race, move a little bit every day, drink more water. Again, be SPECIFIC and state how many days a week, for how long do you want to exercise, exactly how many liters of water, what race do you want to enter, etc.

3. LIFESTYLE

Goals that change your daily habits and routines. Eg: charge your phone in the kitchen each night (not next to your bed), only be on Instagram 1 hour each day, read x number of books per year, use less plastic, etc. Make this actionable and measurable by stating HOW you will use less plastic- take your own bags to shopping centers, carry bamboo straws, bring your own takeaway cup to restaurants…

4. RELATIONSHIPS

eg: see a friend once a week, make more family traditions (again, be specific), set up an emergency savings fund, etc.

5. BUSINESS/ WORK

Where do you want your business/work to be in a year from now eg: launch a course, gain x number of clients, make x number of money, etc.

**I try to set 5 goals per category but this varies.

Then I choose a word that summarizes my goals for the year. This will be “your word” for the year and will determine how you make decisions/keep you determined and focused. My word for 2020 is “Stabilize”. Most of my goals are focused around this: settle down into a new home, have a baby, make Master Your Finances sustainable, etc.

As opposed to 2018 when my word was “Growth”. That year was all about growing Master Your Finances and learning as much as I possibly could. My goals were intense and got me to where I am today.

Once you’ve printed them out and stuck them up, I recommend breaking your goals up into quarterly goals. What do you want to complete by when? For example, the goal “Launch a course”. When do you want to have the outline done, when do you want to have your webinar filmed, when do you want to begin recording your videos, what date do you want to launch, how many students do you want to have by yearend… think *actionable and *measurable.

By doing this, you break your goals into bite-size pieces. It makes them seem more attainable which creates a snowball effect. You achieve something small, it motivates you to move onto the next thing. Then you achieve your tiny goal and you keep on going…

Reevaluate your goals on a quarterly basis (ie. March, June, September, December) and track how you’re doing. Tick off what you’ve accomplished and reset your mind for things that you need to focus on more. This step is how you remain focused and don’t forget about what you want to achieve.

Remember to always be FLEXIBLE. Life happens and our years don’t always go as planned (#corona). As you evaluate your goals for the year, you can always adjust the specific goals and timelines of each.

Lastly, to stay motivated, I recommend typing your goals, printing them out, and sticking them up in a place that you look every day so that they can remain on the forefront of your mind. Mine are posted in my cupboard next to my mirror where I get dressed every morning.

I hope this helped! Do you have any goal setting tips you’d like to share? I’m a sucker for this stuff and would love to learn ways I can improve this process.

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