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It’s that time of the year! That time around the holidays, when the New Year is sneaking up on us. It’s time to start looking at our goals for the year to come. To reflect on the year behind us and move forward with intent and purpose. I hope this free printable smart goal plan and tips, will help you set and achieve even the smallest goals in the year to come.
What if I told you that there is a great “recipe” for setting goals? A step by step look at what you want to accomplish that will actually help you in achieving those goals? It’s called “S.M.A.R.T. Goal Planning” and it will help you work out how to reach your goal! I have a FREE worksheet, so you can print as many copies as you need to and work out how you’ll achieve as many goals as you want to in 2021!
HOW TO USE THE FREE TOOLS
Now that you have the free tools, let’s talk about how you can use them. First, you have the 2021 Free Printable Goals worksheet. It is divided into different sections so that you can look at these areas of your life and decide if there’s a goal you’d like to work on. You do NOT need to set a goal for EVERY area of your life. If you want to, that is up to you. You might make them smaller goals if you’re going to focus on a lot of goals through out the year. Or you might have different time lines for them all, in which case you might start 1 or 2 in January, then when those are achieved you start the next and so on.
Print off the Goals for 2021 and do some brainstorming on what areas you’d like to work on in the new year and then come back and let’s talk about the SMART Goal Worksheet.
FREE PRINTABLE S.M.A.R.T. Goal Plan
So you’ve worked out which areas of your life you’d like to set goals and maybe jotted down a few of those goals either on the 2021 Goals Printable or separately. Now it’s time to work out a plan for each of those goals.
Go ahead and print out a copy of the SMART Goal Plan for each of the goals you’ve got listed. Then we are going to work out each step in creating a plan for those goals.
LET’S GET STARTED
The S.M.A.R.T. Goal plan stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. Each step of the worksheet will help you on your path to reaching your goals!
What is your goal SPECIFICALLY! Not, I want to lose weight or save money or pay off something. You need a SPECIFIC goal here. I want to weigh 150 lbs, I want to pay off the credit card, I will walk 15 mins everyday. So, go ahead and write in your specific goal in the first box.
How are you going to measure or track this goal? If you set a goal to weigh X pounds, you might start a weight tracking sheet and keep it somewhere that you can fill it out every week or 2 weeks. Maybe your goal is saving $1,000 in an emergency fund. You can open a savings account with the minimum required of $50 or $100 and then you can track it by looking at the balance every time you deposit. There are budget trackers, habit trackers, spreadsheets, plain old notebooks and pens. So many ways you can track whatever goal you are working on and you want to pick the best one for you. So fill in the next box now, with how you are going to track the goal.
Is your goal realistic? Can it be attained with a good amount of effort? If you weigh 400 pounds and want weigh 150 pounds at the end of the year, that might not be a good goal. Maybe a goal to lose 50 lbs in 2021 is more realistic. You have debt of $20k but you barely pay your bills every month, is paying this off in a year realistic? Probably not, but can you pay it down, maybe pay off half this year? No matter what your goal is, you will have to put in some work to achieve it! You will need to be more mindful of your time and resources. To save money you may need to cut back on grocery spending or not pick up a fancy coffee everyday. Want to lose weight, you’ll need to be more mindful of what you are eating and find activities that you enjoy to get your body moving. Where there is a will, there is a way! Now, write in this box on your worksheet, what you are going to need to do to reach this goal.
How does this goal tie into your life? What other areas of your life will goal help? Let’s say you are wanting to start a blog this year? This could help your financial goals. Saving money could help you achieve a bucket list goal of going to visit somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. Losing weight could help you with a personal goal of doing a 5k. Setting a goal to clean out closets could help things like your mental health. Fill out the “Relevant” box with what other area of your life this goal could help.
When do you want to achieve this goal? What is a realistic timeline for this goal? Saving $1,000 by next week, not a goal most of us could realistically do. Saving up $1,000 in 10 months or a year, very realistic, even for those living paycheck to paycheck. Last box! Think it through and fill out when you want to achieve this goal.
Ok, now you know the basics, it’s time to tackle a worksheet for each goal and fill out the Free Goal Setting Printable. Use your hole punch and put this in your Free Printable Planner or maybe you journal, you can tuck it in your journal and check it in a few months to see how you’re doing.
I would love to hear some of your goals for 2021! While 2020 might have knocked the feet out from under many of us. That’s no reason not to brush off the debris and get back to living!
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