For me, the hardest part about making goals is defining them. It’s very easy to say, “I want to make a million dollars,” but it’s not easy to break that down into steps and really think it all through. Wanting to make a million dollars isn’t enough. I’ve got to have a plan.
I’ve been making a printable day planner, and then I turned that into a blogging planner for myself (coming soon for everyone, though!). One of the important pieces was having a place to set and track my goals, so I came up with a system to organize my goals.
It’s been really, really helpful for laying out my work goals, but it would be helpful for non-work-related tasks, too. I want to share my goal setting template with you guys…I hope it helps you out, too!
There are three ways to break down your goals – a Master Goal List (I use mine for annual and quarterly goals), a Monthly Goal List (for determining your monthly goals and high-priority items) and a Multiple Goal Tracking Sheet for laying out a plan and action item for each goal (you can use this for annual goals, quarterly, monthly, weekly, whatever!).
After organizing my goals this way, I found almost immediate clarity about which action items need to be priorities in order for me to actually reach these goals (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve written out my goals only to set them aside and forget about them or lose track of them thanks to a lack of planning). I was even able to check off several of my monthly goals after only a few short days (on a side note – it’s REALLY helpful to sketch out some Really Big Idea goals and then break them down into littler, easily-accomplished goals that all lead toward completing the Really Big Idea).
You can download your free goal setting template pages here.
You can also get a free printable daily planner and to-do list here.
Buy the (matching!) full set of daily planner pages and monthly calendars here.
And one more thing! I have a Facebook group where I give all kinds of fun stuff away every week. You can join the group here – I’d love to have you (I also have members-only discounts every month – and you can get a notebook-friendly, extended version of these goal setting template pages for free when you join).