Creating short & long-term goals that don’t overwhelm you
Goals are the roadmaps that take you to where you want to get in your life. A goal is an aim or an intention to do something. It gives us something to work towards and can be an object of a person’s ambition or effort. We all have ambition, big and small. We all have dreams and aspirations to become better people and learn new skills as we grow.
By setting sharp and defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals.
You'll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed to be a long pointless grind. You'll also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you've set.
Without setting goals, you can never be positive about how far you’ve come.
They tell you how well you’re doing, growth-wise, and what areas you may be lacking in. Meeting short-term goals can be a rewarding encouragement of your performance. Accomplishing long-term goals can shape what your professional future will look like.
You can think of short-term goals as the stepping stones to meet the bigger targets you have in the long-term. They’re realistic things, and you can accomplish them in a couple of months to a year with a definitive endpoint. Short-term goals can be attached to a grander scheme or be stand-alone objectives to better yourself and your work.
Long term goals take more planning, commitment, and time than short-term.
They’re a trajectory point for where you want your career to go in the coming years, as opposed to months. Long-term career goals are broader than short-term ones. They don’t have a defined timeline and may take many years to reach.
Long-term goals can be a great motivator for self-improvement. They give us objectives that we can strive to achieve. Some examples of long-term goals include owning a home, getting out of debt, or making it to the NBA. Everyone should have at least one long-term goal in mind that they wish to achieve. These goals can give people a general idea of what direction they want their life to go in.
However, every long-term plan needs to include short-terms goals as well.
They’re just as important as your long-term goals as they give you an objective to strive for in the near future. Some examples of short-term goals include saving $400 a month, exercising three times a week, or running two miles every other day. Short-term goals can allow you to stay on track toward achieving your ultimate long-term goals.
Pick ONE that is most important to you (or that sounds the most fun) and start there first.
Learning a new language, changing jobs, saving money, losing weight, buying a house—goals can be exciting.
But the path to get there is often laden with overwhelm and uncertainty. Do you have so much to do that at times you feel yourself getting overwhelmed? This is where you can start using S.M.A.R.T goals in an effective manner to prepare yourself to finish tasks on time and stay organized. Be smart about your goals.
SMART goals is an acronym for:
Specific – be as clear as possible.
Measurable – you need to be able to assess your progress.
Attainable – your goal should be within the realm of possibility. Don’t plan to take over the world.
Relevant – your goals should be relevant to your priorities; they should go hand in hand.
Time-Sensible – give yourself a time frame to work with. Yes, you want to achieve your goals throughout the year, but narrow it down to make it easier to work toward.
The key to setting up actionable S.M.A.R.T goals is to write them all out, filling in the details as you go.
After you have determined the main tasks at hand and have them in a list sorted by priority, it’s time to integrate them into your daily routine.
This helps it be less overwhelming. Some other options are to pick things that you really want to do. Sometimes, I’m tempted to make goals about things that I feel like I should do, but I don’t really want to do. Bad plan. If you don’t really want it, you’re not going to be motivated to make it happen. Plus, making decisions based on what you “should” do is never a good idea.
Goals are the roadmaps that take you to where you want to get in your life.
Focus on one goal at a time.
Alright, now you should have a handful of goals you want to accomplish. Pick ONE that is most important to you (or that sounds the most fun) and start there first. Don’t try to start all of your goals the first week of January. If you pick more than one goal at a time, it’s going to take longer to accomplish them, and you are more likely to lose motivation.
Finally, regardless of our goals and how excited we are about them initially, life happens along the way.
Family, friends, career, responsibilities, illness, travel, unexpected circumstances, the list goes on. Achieving your goals this year (and any year!) takes time, persistence, consistency, and a whole lot of patience. Staying motivated is within your reach. It's about keeping your end goal in mind. And breaking down the bigger picture into manageable smaller chunks. So, be kind to yourself this year and know that no matter what happens along the way to pursuing your goals you are showing up and doing your absolute best.