The New Year is almost here! It’s crazy how fast the time passes. So crazy that I don’t even have my 2019 goals created yet! Ah! But simply having goals isn’t enough. Creating a plan of action is an essential step to achieving success. Without a plan there’s no foundation for the building blocks to achieving your goals.
Here’s some simple steps you can follow to create a plan, once you have your goals narrowed down.
1) Decide on a specific goal or end result.
Example: “I want lose weight,” is too broad a goal. Be more specific. “I want to lose 20 pounds by March 30th,” is a more defined goal.
2) Write your goal down, somewhere you will see it everyday like a planner, calendar, notebook, or vision board.
3) List out all of the actions you will need to take to achieve your goal/end result. In other words, how are you going to lose 20 pounds by March 30th? Write this list in the same place you wrote your goal.
Example: 1. Workout 5 times a week. 2. Follow a healthy eating plan. 3. Go for walks on breaks at work.
4) Break these actions into more detailed tasks or “to do’s” that can be done everyday.
Example: Workout 5 times a week can be broken out into smaller daily tasks: Monday, run on treadmill for 30 minutes. Tuesday, leg strength exercises. Wednesday, 20 minute HIIT workout, and so on.
Do you see how the steps needed to reach the goal are becoming more defined? Doing this helps you see what actions you need to take each day in order to reach the end result which might be months or even years away.
5) Write your daily tasks on a calendar or in a planner to remind yourself everyday to do them.
6) As you complete your tasks each day, check them off. It’s easy to feel like your getting nowhere when you’re not tracking your process so this will help you feel accomplished each day.
7) Celebrate small wins! Did you check off all your “to do’s” today? Make sure you congratulate yourself for a job well done. It might seem silly or insignificant but trust us, it’s not. Negative self talk can do some serious damage, so patting yourself on the back along way is a great way to self motivate.
Still having trouble? Check out Nikki’s planner for a great visual on how to plan:
Planning can be overwhelming which is why it’s helpful to break things down into smaller pieces. If you need help creating a plan reach out to us! We’d be happy to help get you started!