I love the sense of achievement that ticking one thing off my ‘to do’ list brings. Each day I have a list of things I want to do which ranges from reading a chapter of my book, sending an email, phoning a friend to cooking a meal for my family. I find it really motivating to set a list of things I would like to accomplish in one day and even the week. I often write goals for the future too; vow to make more effort to save, learn a new skill, apply for jobs or to visit a new country. At university I would make a list of goals for each term as well as each day or week.
Whether you use post it notes, a notepad, a diary or calendar, writing things down provides you with a sense of accountabilty to get things done. If you’re anything like me, you’ll use all of these things. I like to have an annual calendar to write upcoming events and trips in to remember my year but I also like to have an A4 breakdown of each month which I can keep in my notebook to organise each month in depth. This will include any deadlines, meetings, events, trains booked so I can clearly see what I have going on. My calendar app on my phone is also filled with my day to day schedule but remains less congested due to lockdown.
As I have less to do now there’s no lectures and I have completed my coursework, I find it useful to use a daily planner like the one below to set daily targets and get stuff done. The added encouragement to drink 8 glasses of water is also a personal preference but I like the feeling of ticking them off as I go to symbolise the fact I’ve completed something and to ensure I’m drinking enough water daily.
This week I will…
I also like to set goals for the week such as this week I will complete 3 workouts, cook dinner for the family and write a new blog article. With more time on my hands I have been looking at online courses, reading a variety of books and helping my niece with her schoolwork. So some weeks I set a goal of reading a new book, completing parts of a course or testing my niece on her timetables. This way I feel committed to doing it and feel pleased when I have completed them.
This month I will…
Some people set big goals for each month. For example, I have seen some people setting a goal to run 100 miles in 1 month. From this they may then set smaller goals for each week to run 20 miles in week 1, 30 in week 2 and so on. This keeps them on track to achieving their goal of 100 miles as they can see the progress they’re making and hitting their set goals in between. This technique can be used for anything. You could set goals to write a specific number of words a day/week for your assignment, read a chapter of a book or join a new exercise class (even one online).
This month I am trying to eat healthy and increase my step count. As June has 30 days I aim to have completed 300,000 steps (10,000 per day for 30 days). Whilst it seems a lot I think it’s achievable as 10,000 steps is usually the recommended number per day anyway. I just want to make sure I am achieving the monthly target as I know I don’t always hit the daily.
This time next year…
A useful way to think about big goals you want to achieve is by looking to the future and considering what you want to have achieved in a years time. If you have just started university you may want to have just completed your first year, met lots of people and gained valuable experience. If you have just graduated you may want to have found a job, participated in some volunteering and managed to save some money. Everyone has different desires but it can be useful to look at the picture picture as goals aren’t achieved overnight. Then looking back you can see how far you have come.
Let us know if you have any tips to manage and achieve your goals!