This week is my official last work week! I felt that this week would never get here! After long 30 days in a different city and state from my family; it is finally almost official,I will be a Full time Stay at Home Mom! I have been making so much plans on what I will do and what I want to do and so much more! In addition, I have been coming up with ideas for recipes, meal planning, Decor ideas, books to read, new topics to talk about, starting my garden… and so much more; I am getting slightly overwhelmed, but in a good way!
Last night as I was journaling; I decided to write out my goals that I want to complete in latter of 2015-2016; such as projects I want to work on, people I want to meet and hopefully collaborate with, activities with my husband and daughter, and the list went on. I feel like now, more than ever, I am doing exactly what I need to be doing, exactly where I need to be. As I had continued to write out my thoughts and desires, I found myself going ALL over the place! So I had to STOP and redirect myself. In order to complete and excel at what I want to do I had to slow down and establish one thing at a time. I wanted to make sure that I had more than just “goals”; I wanted to have concrete objectives. The same way I planned my transition from full time employee to Full time SAHM, I wanted to do the same with what I want to accomplish with my family and personal experiences.
What are goals and objectives?
A goal is an overarching principle that guides decision making. Objectives are specific, measurable steps that can be taken to meet the goal.
Goals are broad Objectives are narrow
Goals are general intentions Objectives are precise
Goals are intangible Objectives are tangible
Goals are abstract Objectives are concrete
Goals are generally difficult to measure Objectives are measurable
In setting up goals or objectives, be clear with what your intents are and consider what is needed from you and those directly affected from your goal setting plan. Plan BIG but start small. Remember, as I tell myself often, this is not a race, one step at a time.
A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants (some of which we’ve included in parenthesis), SMART usually stands for:
- S – Specific (or Significant).
- M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
- A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
- R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
- T – Time-bound (or Trackable).
For example, instead of me having “to have a baby” as a goal, it’s more powerful for me to use the SMART goal “To conceive by December 31, 2016.” Obviously, this will only be attainable if a lot of preparation has been completed beforehand!
As women, we are constantly making plans, so much so that they may get lost in the list of plans or “to-do” list: Points to remember in goal setting and making life plans, great or small
Goal setting is an important method of:
- Deciding what you want to achieve in your life.
- Separating what’s important from what’s irrelevant, or a distraction.
- Motivating yourself.
- Building your self-confidence, based on successful achievement of goals.
Set your lifetime goals first. Then, set a five-year plan of smaller goals that you need to complete if you are to reach your lifetime plan: I am very visual, so Vision Boards are my favorite way to plan (new one coming soon). Keep the process going by regularly reviewing and updating your goals. And remember to take time to enjoy the satisfaction of achieving your goals when you do so.
If you don’t already set goals, do so, starting now. As you make this technique part of your life, you’ll find your career, personal, financial, or social life accelerate, and you’ll wonder how you did without it!