As the end of the month is wrapping up, I always look at the previous month and assess. For me, it is crucial to set realistic goals to help stay on track. Life can get very busy and it is super easy for us to loose sight of where we want to head in life. I have recently started assessing every single month and the results have been pretty interesting. I am going to walk you through my monthly process that has been helping 🙂
What is a goal?
Before I jump into the process, I want to make sure that you have a clear understanding of what a goal is. It is so easy to throw these simple words up in the air and expect you to know exactly what words mean. I have found we all have our own perceptions of words and language can get a bit tricky.
To start off, I look at the previous month. While looking at the month, I look at all areas of my life. I make note of all the wins, loses, and ties. I look for areas where growth is lacking. Any of the habits that I successfully created or continued doing in the previous month, I make sure to note down those activities as I want to continue doing those things.
For example, in February I learned quite a lot. I learned about not idolizing the issues that I experience on a daily basis. If you are new, I have a lot of brain issues due to what I was born with (Alpha-Mannosidosis) and being in a car accident about six years ago. I experience things I wish I didn’t. I have come to realize that I am constantly thinking about being stuck and not having a way. When in reality, there is a way and I have found that I am able to write even on my hardest days! I create a list of everything that has happened to help with the next step.
Now that we have looked at the past month, I look at that list I created and create plans of sticking to the things that worked in the previous month. I will go through a process of thinking about three items I would like to prioritize for the upcoming month. With these three items, I will go into the SMART goals method. I have listed the SMART goals method below. For March, I have gone through this process with goals of meditating, writing, and food prepping.
- Specific – What would you like to achieve?
- Measureable – How will you keep track of the progress for this goal?
- Attainable – Is your goal realisti with the timeline?
- Relevant – Does your goal align with your values?
- Timely – What is the deadline for this goal?
After I complete the SMART goals, I will then put all of the specific deadlines into my planner. In my planner, I will also include any due dates, appointments, activities, etc to ensure I am ready to go for the upcoming month. I will put reminders on my phone as I can be forgetful at times. I will also tell some of my close friends and family what my goals are. This helps to create accountability.
This last step involves finding a system that will work for you. I am still working out the kinks for this step in my own life. My schedule has a ton of free time. I used to use a paper planner when my schedule was more hectic. I am switching over to using my phone calendar for various appointments and weekly tasks.
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