If you have been looking for ways to improve your life, setting goals might be just what you need. This can be done in a variety of ways, including with a journal or a planner you use daily. Goals are not just about trying to accomplish big things either – there are so many smaller, realistic goals that make a drastic difference in your life, your mental health, and your happiness.
You Get a Clear Sense of Your Life’s Direction
Have you been feeling like you’re not quite sure where your life is headed, who you are, or what you are supposed to be doing? This is very common among adults of all ages and in all walks of life. There are many moments in your life when you feel a little stuck or unsure. Using a daily planner or journal can help tremendously with this by setting goals.
Even if you haven’t gotten any clarity yet, you can start small with your goals and tasks to complete them. As you do this more often, you start to see what areas become a priority and which ones don’t. You might find out more about yourself base don the types of goals you set, or the tasks you enjoy or don’t enjoy doing.
There is a lot to learn about yourself and your life just by setting goals.
You Feel More Accomplished When You Are Productive
As you begin making lists of actions and tasks that need to be taken to achieve your goals, you will start becoming more productive and focused. This happens naturally as it is much easier to get things done when you have a list in front of you. Every time you cross something off your task list, you feel that sense of accomplishment, which motivates you to continue. This in turn creates more fulfillment and happiness in your life because of how accomplished and proud you feel.
It Helps to Prioritize Things in Your Life
Setting goals also has other benefits, including helping you to figure out what the biggest priority is. As you start writing down goals, you will quickly put each goal into a list in your head. Some things might be short-term and things you work on now, while others are long-term goals that require more work and patience.
There will also be some goals that you always thought were important to you, but suddenly just don’t feel like a priority. That’s okay! Don’t let this stress you out. As you grow and change, your ambitions will as well.
You Can Utilize SMART and SHARP Goals
When you are ready to set goals and task lists to achieve them, remember two fundamental goal-setting methods: SMART and SHARP. These actually work together very well for personal and professional goals.
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Every goal should fit into all of these categories, where it is a specific and attainable goal that is realistic, one that shows you how long it should take, is relevant to your life and what you want to achieve, and the results are measurable.
Also make sure your goals are SHARP, which stands for Simplified, How, Action, Review, and Progress. Keep the goals and tasks simple and easy to accomplish, know what is required (how) to achieve the goal, and what actions you will talk. You want to be able to review your progress, as well as see the final progress in the end.
You Get More Motivation to Succeed
Setting goals will also change your life by giving you motivation to succeed. It is really easy to get comfortable in your life and work, where it is difficult to take that next step. Setting goals will help give you a place to start, and the feeling of accomplish as you make progress help give you that push – that motivation you need to get to the next level in your life.