By Sophie Ryan, iSelect Spokesperson Most of us could do with some extra savings…
Why Weekly Goal Setting is Important + How to Achieve Them
We all know how much I love setting goals, implementing a plan and chasing them. Any type of goal setting is great, but if the goals you set are too broad with not specific plan, you could be setting yourself up for failure. Have you ever joined a gym on January 1st, got the free towel and the fancy water bottle, maybe survived one spin class, and just never came back? I know I have. And that’s because simply stating “I’m going to get fit this year” is too vague. The key to setting and achieving your goals is breaking them down into manageable, daily steps & habits. This makes it easier to track and measure your progress, keeps you accountable, and gives you space to break down big goals into small, actionable steps that fit in with your lifestyle.
How? By setting weekly SMART goals:
In this blog, I’ll explain how to identify, set, and track weekly SMART goals so you can live your best life and smash out your goals.
Why set goals at all?
Whether your goals are focused on work, home, health, money, or those big lifetime achievements, the only way to reach them is to actually set & plan them. And I don’t mean just telling yourself that you want to save for a house deposit, I mean sitting your butt down with your journal or planner, and mapping out a very specific plan as to how you’ll do it.
What’s your budget? How much deposit will you need? How much can you afford to save each week? Can you open a new bank account to pay your savings into? What unnecessary expenses can you ditch?
You’d be surprised how accomplished and driven you feel when you tick even the smallest of those steps off, like opening a new bank account or quitting the daily takeaway coffee. Taking proactive, measurable steps toward something that’s important to you feels amazing, and it can be a little addictive once you find your flow and start seeing real results.
Setting SMART goals
Ok, so what does a SMART goal look like?
Specific – break it down
🙅🏼♀️ I want to save for a house deposit
✅ I’m going to save $XXX per week for a house deposit
Measurable – how will you track your progress?
🙅🏼♀️ I want to run a marathon
✅ I’m going to run 5km x 3 times per week and measure my progress with a running app
Attainable – is it realistic to achieve this goal in the time set?
🙅🏼♀️ I want to increase sales in my business by 70% by the end of the year
✅ This week I’m going to provide educational content to drive more traffic to my website
Relevant – is the goal attached to a benefit you’re passionate about?
🙅🏼♀️ I want to learn how to write calligraphy because why the heck not? (It me, lol)
✅ I’m going to take a calligraphy course because I’d love to write beautiful letters and cards for family and friends.
🙅🏼♀️ I’m going to learn to speak Spanish this year
✅ By the end of next week, I’m going to find and enrol in a Spanish course near me
Use these five rules to make sure each goal is clear on exactly what needs to be accomplished, what date you need to accomplish it by, how you’ll track your progress, why you want to accomplish it in the first place, and what success will look and feel like.
Check in and re-set each week
Make time each week to check in on your progress and tweak your goals if needed. A great time to do this is on a Sunday evening when you’re planning your week of work, kids’ activities, cleaning, shopping, workouts, all the things. Spend 5 minutes looking back at what you achieved over the last 7 days and be sure to celebrate even the smallest wins or completed tasks. And if there’s a task or step you didn’t quite get to, don’t beat yourself up! We’re only human and life has a sneaky habit of messing with even the best thought-out plans, so dust yourself off, make a new plan, and try again next week. The beauty of weekly goal setting is that you can alter plans if your circumstances change. Whether it’s work, the kids, illness, or just taking a damn break when you need to, it’s important to remember to live a little on our journey to success. What SMART goals are you going to smash out this week? Share your progress on the gram and be sure to tag me
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