How to Set Goals in 2020

Hi, guys and welcome back! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far! What did you think of Dalton’s post about budgeting on Sunday? Don’t forget to comment on his post on how you plan to save money this year. Today, we are jumping right into the next step of setting yourself up for the New Year. The second step is how to set goals in 2020 so you can be in the driver seat of your year instead of the passenger seat. There are 4 steps to setting goals and actually achieving them.

1. Brainstorm and Prioritize

Come up with some ideas of goals that you would like to accomplish this year. Write them all down on a piece of paper. Go wild, whatever you can think of! Once you have all your ideas written down, prioritize them on a scale of 1 to 10. While prioritizing them ask yourself questions like, “Do I really want this?” or, “Will this matter in a year?” You want to make sure that you are spending your time on things that are important to you and worth your time.


2. Making your Goals S.M.A.R.T

Once you have your list of goals in prioritized order, you now need to reinvent them. I suggest taking the top 3 goals in your list and make what is called S.M.A.R.T goals.

S.M.A.R.T goals are:
Specific: the goals are clear on what needs to be accomplished for success
Measurable: able to evaluate the goal on whether it was achieved or not
Attainable: the goals are realistic and not incredibly out of reach
Relevant: the goals have been thought out and are important to you (already done with the prioritizing exercise from above)
Timely: a specific timeframe in which the goal will be achieved

I will share a couple of examples, so you understand what I mean by reinventing your goals to be S.M.A.R.T goals. So, let’s say your goals are:
– Getting healthy
– Getting a job

These are ok goals, but they could be better.

– Getting healthy = Journaling every day of 2020 to help with my mental health. This is actually one of my goals for this year, but you can see that it hits all of the S.M.A.R.T goal aspects.
– Getting a Job = I am going to apply to 5 jobs per week until I get a job. This is another one of my goals for this year. Again, you can see that this is indeed a S.M.A.R.T goal.


3. Action Plan for Goals

Making an action plan for your goals is very important to the process of goal setting because it breaks out specifically how you will achieve and maintain your goals throughout their duration. Everyone always makes goals at the beginning of the year and then falls off at the end of January, beginning of February at best. If you set up an action plan of weekly and monthly tasks breaking out how you will achieve your goals, you are much more likely to succeed.

Following our example from the previous step

  • Getting healthy = Journaling every day of 2020 to help with my mental health.
    Weekly action plan: Rereading my entries at the end of every week to reflect.
    Monthly action plan: Take flat lay pictures of my favourite entries and share them with the blog.
  • Getting a job = I am going to apply to 5 jobs per week until I get a job.
    Weekly action plan: This is technically the weekly action plan as it is a weekly goal.
    Monthly action plan: Any jobs that have not closed yet reach out to the hiring manager to show further interest.

4. Staying Focused on Your Goals

The last step to setting goals and actually achieving them is having ways to help you stay focused. I have 6 components I use to help me stay focused on my goals throughout the year:

  1. Track your progress: keep a log of how your progress is going
  2. Motivation: get motivation from places like YouTube and Pinterest
  3. Accountability: share your progress with friends or on Social Media
  4. Rewards: treat yourself with small rewards to stay on track; when you achieve your goal reward yourself with something bigger as you deserve it!
  5. Patience: remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes time so be patient with yourself
  6. Reminders: remind yourself why you have set this goal and what it will feel like to achieve it
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Photo by Kristen @ Golden Birch Photography

** Remember to be intentional with your goals but also be flexible. You are a busy person. If you don’t make it to the gym one day you were supposed to don’t beat yourself up too much. Goals are a work in progress, take it one day at a time. **

Well, that is it for goal setting. You are ready to go out and tackle your goals. Please comment below some of your S.M.A.R.T goals you will be working on throughout 2020. We can be accountable to each other and stay on track. Stay tuned for next week as I will be taking you through the final step in setting yourself up for the New Year.

Much love,


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