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5 Steps to Make Your Goals Manageable | Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated

5 Steps to Make Your Goals Manageable

There is something about January that makes everyone feel the need to reevaluate their life. With the dawning of a new year we set goals and resolutions to utilize the clean slate that we have been given by the calendar flipping over. Unfortunately these lists don’t usually get beyond a to-do list for most people. They don’t make a plan on how to achieve what they want…they just want it to happen.

Here is How to Make Your Goals Manageable

Step 1 – Write Them Out

What are your goals? Make a list in no particular order other than when they come to you. Give yourself some time and don’t stress if you do not have a fully thought out goal (right now). We will flesh things out in later steps.

Don’t limit yourself with your goals. Something seems lofty and unattainable? Write it anyway! Heck, put a circle around it. There is nothing too big or too small to be on your list of goals.

Step 2 – Break it Down – Phase 1

Take your list of 5 or 10 or 25 goals and break them down by quarter. Organize them by what quarter of this year you want that goal to be realized. Not sure when? Add it to Q4! This way it is at least on the list and we can take steps to achieving it through the year.

Example: A goal might be to lose 20 pounds. Realistically, you aren’t going to achieve that in Q1, so throwing it in Q4 gives you the whole year to work towards it. Another goal might be to clean out your closets and donate old clothes. That is easily achieved in Q1.

Step 3 – Prioritize

Reorganize your quarters based on YOUR priorities. What do you think is most important? What is the one thing you MUST accomplish this year? Put it at the top and give it a gold star. Make that goal stand out!

Not all of your goals are going to hold as much weight so they can go towards the bottom of the list (like reorganize the pantry), but something like work the side hustle to pay your credit card debt down early. That sounds pretty important and gold star worthy! Don’t let those life changing goals get swept under the table.

Step 4 – Break it Down – Phase 2

Start with your Q1 list and give yourself some mini deadlines. What steps are you going to take to achieve your goals? Write down small tasks that will help you create the bigger picture.

Let’s take that Q1 donation goal and break it down for an example. Give yourself a different deadline for each member of the house’s closet:

  • Kid #1 January 20.
  • Kid #2 February 7.
  • Kid #3 February 26.
  • Husband March 10.
  • Yourself March 28.

Giving yourself little tasks with realistic deadlines will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed by the overall task of going through all of the closets and donating clothes.

Do this with every one of your goals!

Step 5 – Put it on the Calendar

Write it down where you will remember it! Find some way to get those deadlines and goals in front of you so that you are always working to achieve them.

I live and die by my planner. Long story short, if something isn’t written in there it will NOT get done because I have forgotten about it.  Many people prefer command centers or using Google Calendar. I, in fact, use all 3 for different things. One could say it is overkill, but not for me and my family!

Now Go Do It!

What are some of your goals for the upcoming year? Let me know…and let me know if I can help! I am working on some big things! One of my goals for 2017 is to dramatically increase my social media presence. To help me do that I am co-hosting an event going on this February. It has yet to be announced, but you can get a sneak peek HERE.

Do you know someone who could use help making their goals more manageable? Share this post with them! Don’t keep these steps to yourself.

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  1. Nicole @OldSchoolReads

    I concur. It’s so important to put your goals in writing and set a plan. I would add that meditating on your reason for setting the goal can be helpful. That way when the going gets tough, and you want to quit, you can be inspired by your gut-level reasons for setting that goal in the first place. Happy New Year. I can’t wait to see your event in February.

    • Anne Marie D

      That is such a good idea! I think that the breaking things down into small chunks keeps me on track…sort of like Kimmy Schmidt “you can do anything for 10 seconds.”

  2. playdatesparties

    You did a fantastic job of showing how to make the bigger goals seem more manageable. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    • Anne Marie D

      Thank you!! Sometimes it is really hard to tackle the big picture, but using the little bits that it takes to get there makes it easier.

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