1 September 2015

How To Plan and Set Effective Goals

September starts my favourite season of the year with its new adventures, goals, ideas and discoveries. If you're anything like me, you probably make an occasional New Year's resolution. Sometimes you stick to it, sometimes you don't. But, something just clicks when September comes. You slowly "recover" from a post-holiday/vacation daze and realize you actually need to do something! Maybe, you are even full of energy and drive, you jump at projects and get pro-active (at least, let's hope we all feel that way!). If you want to take on the world and make those very-much-needed changes (at work, uni, school, your love life, your home, your blog, your anything), you need a plan, girl. Personally for me September is like this magical word "tomorrow" where everything happens. So without any more chatter, let's make a plan and set super effective goals for September. Are you with me?

Prior to making an actual list of goals, ask yourself 3 questions:
1. Is it realistic?
I always say Dream Big (and you should as well!) but at the same time it's crucial to set realistic and attainable goals which you can / know how to achieve this particular month. Evaluate your schedule and your priorities and ask yourself if you are able to make it happen in the next 30 days.
2. Is it specific?
Vagues goals, such as "work out more", are very general and won't help you get far. However, it will make a huge difference if you go for "work out on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday". You will not be able to confuse or un-motivate yourself with a crystal clear goal.
3. Is it urgent?
Sometimes it's pretty easy to write a looooong list of goals (especially when inspiration strikes!) but it can fire back at you. Make a list of urgent goals for the month of September, divide your big list into sections according to the urgency of each task. You don't want to end up with 30 more things not checked off on that list on the 30th of September. To avoid disappointment, set a certain number of "urgent" goals you definitely and absolutely must get done this month. It might be 15, might be 10 or even 3 - make it flexible and according to your personal needs.
 
So, what would you like to accomplish this month? To paint a little picture, here is my list of goals for a month of September. Mind, it is still a bit of work in progress (which is fine, by the way). Also, I didn't include a few very important but personal ones, but you will get an idea. Tip: do not be intimidated by your list or lose sleep because you absolutely have to do these things. Be flexible and good to yourself. Edit, change, update where needed. Prioritize and stay positive.
1. Make a blogging calendar and post at least 3 times a week.
2. Read 1 book.
3. Try out 2 new recipes.
4. Walk over 6,000 steps daily.
5. Start gym.
6. Start Skype lessons.
7. Hike up a mountain.

Now that you have your goals all written down nicely (I write mine down, on an actual piece of paper, with a pen) or typed into your phone, think about how to achieve them. Evaluate what you need to change, where you need to go, who you need to call. Each goal will require a bit of planning. For example, in order for me to start gym, I will need to call a few local gyms (I might know about one I am already interested in) and find out about their membership packages. I will think of days that would suit me the best to go and work out. I will make a payment and start attending gym. Ta-da :)

Sending you all warm hugs from Spain and looking forward to catching up with you all soon ;)
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I hope you enjoyed this post and that my little tips were helpful for you. Can't wait to read your comments and lovely thoughts. 
What are your goals for September?
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27 comments

  1. These are good tips, I've started to plan out my month and hopefully at the end of the month I will be proud of myself :)
    That's such a nice view, enjoy your holiday x

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Ela. I'm sure you will be proud of your achievements! Anything special you want to get done in September? :) I love a good plan ;) Hope you are having a lovely week!
      xox

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  2. I love this post! I think it's good to set goals throughout the year, whether they be small or big, so you are constantly trying to grow! I loved all your tips! Hope you are having the best holiday! XO -Kim
    www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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    1. Awww thank you loads, Kim! Your comments are always lovely & thoughtful. Definitely important and so helpful to set goals. I work on mine throughout the year & love my to-do lists ;)
      Hope you are having a great time this week!
      xox

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  3. I have to work on my goals. These are great tips. I hope this month will be good to you!
    xoxo
    Ramona

    http://www.ramona-strikeapose.blogspot.ie/

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    1. Glad you liked them, Ramona ;) I hope so too - planning to make it very productive!
      Hope your September started off great! ;)
      xox

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  4. This is such a great post! I love how focused you are. To me the summer is also a time for loading energies, taking time away from my routine to analyze my life and make new plans. I will follow this great advice!

    Natalia | Lindifique

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    1. Thank you so much, girlie.
      I completely agree, Natalia! It's so nice to recharge in summer and then jump into September ready to face new challenges! Thanks for your lovely comment & I hope you make a really great & effective plan for this month and the ones to come ;)
      xox

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  5. These are really great tips and hope you're having a great vacation!

    Vicky
    https://vickysscrapbook.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks so much, Vicky!! :) I am glad you liked the tips. I love planning!
      Having a lovely time away and looking forward to getting home next week woot woot :)
      Hope you are having a great week <3
      xox

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  6. Great tips! :) Will need to start practicing a few :)

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    1. Thank you, Courtney! Glad you liked them ;) Hope you make a great plan for September and the following months! xox

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  7. отличный пост, я тоже обожаю сентябрь))))
    http://www.mosaictrends.com/

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    1. Spasibo, Natashechka! Sorry za otsutsvie na tvoem bloge - obyazatelno posmotryu vse posti, kogda mi vernemsya domoi ;)
      xox

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  8. Great goals, and you're right, the important question we must ask for any goal attempting is, "Is it realistic?" and "How do I obtain it?"

    http://dreaming-arcadia.info/

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Michelle :)
      I know, right?
      Sometimes it's so easy to set the goal and then realize it's not reachable.
      Thanks for stopping by my blog, girlie ;)
      xox

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  9. A read back a couple of posts and have to say I love your blog!
    These are some great tips about making goals, I always tend to overshoot and then carry them on into the next month.

    Thanks for the great read!

    www.lindseyginge.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Elyse :) So glad you like my blog.
      Definitely come back ;)
      I tend to do the same thing but trying to change that - not easy but defo worth trying :)
      Awww, thanks for a lovely comment <3 Will make sure to check out your blog!
      xox

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  10. I am not a new year new resolution type of person but i like setting personal goals for myself and try as much as I can to achieve them. I like blogs so this year I decided to start mine and read as much books as I can. But i like the way you talk about setting realistic and specific goals. I like it a lot
    sonishspace.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Sonia :) I am really glad you enjoyed this post of mine. I am convinced it is so important to be realistic about your goals. Yay on starting a blog (I decided the same thing just a month ago lol)!
      xox

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  11. I am not a new year new resolution type of person but i like setting personal goals for myself and try as much as I can to achieve them. I like blogs so this year I decided to start mine and read as much books as I can. But i like the way you talk about setting realistic and specific goals. I like it a lot
    sonishspace.com

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  12. Such great advice! I love where you said be flexible and be good to yourself, it can be really easy when you don't quiet met your goal that you start going into self hate mode but realistically all that does is make you feel like crap and takes away from what you have accomplished!

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Rainbow-Rose. It is important to be realistic and good to yourself. At the end of the end, no one would want to feel bad about not accomplishing that list. Thanks so much for a lovely comment, girlie. You are always so sweet!
      xox

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  13. Great tips! I find writing down goals an extremely effective way to achieve them. I also love the idea of creating a list of goals each month. It makes it much more manageable because you can break down your bigger goals into smaller ones.

    Brittany | thechicette.com

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    1. Thanks Brittany! I am glad you liked this post :)
      I couldn't agree with you more. Breaking it down makes it so much easier to manage and tackle those goals ;)
      xox

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  14. Nice post Miel and Mint! Loved it!!!!!

    deliciouslyFun,
    mannyurg.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much ;)
      Pop in any time to check out other posts <3
      xox

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