If you’ve been reading here for a while you may notice that I post a list of monthly goals each month. The next month on my monthly goals post I recap the month before. I also do a yearly goals post at the beginning of each year. One reason I do this is to be held accountable. Another reason is that I think it’s important to have goals to strive towards. No matter how big or small, goals are important. One question I get asked a lot is how do I mostly accomplish them all. The key is to set realistic goals. Today I am sharing how to set realistic goals and why.
How To Set Realistic Goals
Know what you want to accomplish: For yearly goals, I tend to have an idea of the bigger things I want to accomplish. For example, maybe I want to read 60 books, well that can easily be divided into 12 months and I can make realistic monthly goals to achieve that bigger yearly goal. Or maybe I want to declutter our entire house so I set aside one room, or area in the house each month over the course of the year. Or if I want to knock 30 things off of my 101 in 1001 list I can have a few a month.
Know the steps to get there: As I mentioned above if I have a bigger yearly goal I can take steps to get to those. For goals, I have during the month, for example, getting the next month’s blog posts scheduled I know that means I need to sit down and write a little bit each day. Having that mindset at the beginning of each month really helps me structure my weeks.
Set baby steps: If you know how to get there as I mentioned above then the baby steps part is easy. Know that you need to divide longer yearly goals into months, then those into weeks, and maybe even daily to-do list goals. If I want to work out 6 days a week all month then that breaks down into each week and even each day. If I want to read a certain amount of books, or walk a certain amount of miles, again you can break that down into smaller baby step goals.
Build up to it: This goes hand in hand with everything said above you have to build up to these things. When you set out to set realistic goals you have to have a plan. You can’t just decide after never working out I am going to run a marathon next month. No, you maybe run a 5K, then a 10K, then a half marathon, and so forth. I have lots of friends who have done this.
Hold yourself accountable: At the end of the day, you have to hold yourself accountable which is why I write my goals publicly on my blog, to begin with. I am not worried someone is going to judge me for not completing a goal, but it’s a good way to hold myself accountable.
I hope you found this post about how to set realistic goals helpful! I am a big fan of monthly, yearly, and even sometimes daily and weekly goals. I think they always help us long-term to reach our ultimate goals.
Are you a goal setter?
This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated for 2022.