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Guide to Goal Setting: Keeping Track of Personal Goals

Can you achieve a goal without setting one? Of course! But it’s a bit like finding your destination without a map. When you set a clear itinerary for your trip, you’re likely to get where you want to go in half the time, and without the stress of wondering where you’re headed. Use this goal setting guide to draw your map, so you can enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

Why Start Goal Setting?

When you’re ready to make your personal goals a reality, goal setting gives you the steps to take action. It’s about committing to your self-growth. Once you’ve set an intention to do something, these goal setting techniques help you to stay on track. There are many benefits of goal setting, including:

  • Increased focus
  • Heightened motivation
  • Strengthened personal trust and self-reliance
  • Building new talents and a sense of awareness

How Do You Set Personal Goals?

Step 1: Keep a Schedule

Do you have one main goal that you’re working towards? Whether it’s a savings benchmark, a fitness aim, a personal goal, or a career achievement, you can make the journey to that finish line easier by breaking it up into smaller goal segments. 

Let’s say you’d like to save $3,000 in six months. The best first step is to figure out a schedule. Budget out your costs, and establish how much you can save every month. Using a calendar, circle the last day of each month, and write in how much you’re determined to save. Crossing off the days leading up to each of these six goals keeps you motivated. A visual schedule makes goals seem less obtuse. The more you can see your progress, the more you’ll want to keep going.

Step 2: Track Your Progress

You may think journaling about your goals only adds to your work, but it serves two greater purposes. Tracking your progress in a journal allows you to spot your pitfalls, so you can change course if needed. In setting goals, we can overestimate and underestimate our capacity to meet them. Write down what you’re feeling. Decide if you’re overwhelmed and need to adjust your timeline, or if you can challenge yourself even more.

Journaling will also allow you to look back on your journey. Seeing how far you’ve come and the obstacles you’ve tackled is the best motivation to continue forward. Once you’ve reached your ultimate target, you’ll appreciate being able to reflect on the work that went into it. That’s why we include a journal in every first purchase of a Lunarly subscription box.

Step 3: Practice Self-Care

Goal setting is hard work. Don’t forget to give yourself a break every now and then. Self-care helps you to avoid productivity burnouts. Sprinkle in some time for meditation, yoga, coloring books, face masks, and whatever else helps you to wind down. On those jam packed days where you just want to go straight to sleep once all your tasks are done, commit to ten minutes of mindful me-time. It’s important to restore your spirit even before you get some much needed rest.

Step 4: Celebrate the Victories

Achieving goals doesn’t mean much when you don’t take the time to celebrate landmarks. Along the path to your main goal, commemorate reaching each small goal by splurging a little. So if it’s a savings goal, reward yourself with a nice meal. Or if it’s a personal goal, get yourself something meaningful. Acknowledging your commitment and perseverance is part of what self-growth and goal setting is all about.

See how easy it is to set your goals? Just remember to take it one step and one goal at a time. Your first goal should always be to treat yourself with kindness when you have setbacks. With kindness and understanding, you’ll always feel encouraged to reach your dreams.