Fall is my reset season. Call me an academic, but once those back-to-school sales hit, I am ready to change my life. So I have decided to take this time to give you tips on how I reset. I may not be in school anymore, but fall is my recharge season so let’s get going:
Back to Badass: Setting goals
Back to Badass: The Looks
Back to Badass: Office Tips
Back to Badass: The Self-Care
Back to Badass: Changing the Environment
So let’s jump into setting goals.
It’s hard to think about what to do if you don’t know which direction you plan on going in. This is where goals come in.
Before we jump in, jot down a few ideas about what you want to do with the rest of the year. If you are stuck, take a look at what goals you made for New Year’s and check in to see where you are at with them.
Don’t worry! We still have five months left to crush it! Use this as a guide to see what you can really accomplish this year. Also, don’t be worried if your list is small. The bigger the list, the harder to manage.
Okay, great! Now that we got the little pep talk and our lists ready, let’s start breaking them down
By now, you should have heard about making S.M.A.R.T. goals. You want your goals to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable, and Timely.
I’ll use an easy example: reading more, to help walk us through how to set an attainable goal.
So this is vague, right? Read more than what? Than who? Be specific. “Read more than last year” at least has something to work. Now we have a comparison.
Well, how many books did I read last year? 23. So to create a measurable goal, I now have a number in mind. 23 felt like a decent amount, so I bumped it up to 27 for 2019. As of right now, I have read 7 books. 7 books in 7 months! I am only about 26 percent complete my goal when I should be at 50. Creating a measurement makes it easier to track progress. Now I can see how behind I am!
Was my goal attainable? To consider if you can reach a goal, think about what will go into achieving it. What are the costs? The time involved? I have been at the same job and had the same situation since the middle of last year, so I should be able to reach the same goal, if not more. And I have numerous books left on my TBR that I own, so I have enough books to reach and surpass this goal. So really, I know I have the time, and I don’t need to spend anymore money on buying more books. I have everything I need at home.
Was my goal relevant? Well. I love to read and I have well over 27 books that I own that I want to read. So, this is definitely a goal I want to accomplish because I want reading to be a part of my life. I like to call myself a writer too, so besides the fact that I enjoy reading, reading helps me work on my writing skills and enrich my life.
Next, how can I can make this timely? I didn’t plan on how many books to read a month and that’s where I fell short on this goal! In order to read 27 books in 1 year, I needed to read 2-3 books a month. Now I need to read 4 books a month to finish my goal this year. (I also made the mistake of taking 3 months to read a 700+ page book, but we’ll discuss that regret later). We need deadlines for each section or part of our goals so we can track progress and readjust if need be.
So by the end of it all, your goal should look more like a complete sentence: I want to read 27 books in 2019, and I can do so by reading 2-3 books per month.
Try it for yourself: “I want to ______, and I can do so by _________.”
And lastly, don’t forget to keep yourself accountable. If your break your goal down, it’ll make it easier to follow as well. For example, if you want to read more, you can set aside time every night to read ten pages. Ten pages is about a chapter for most book, so a chapter a day will help you stay on top of your reading goal.
At the end of everything month, I start getting my bills and goals together. It’s a good time to check in with yourself. See where you are with your goals so you can make adjustments if necessary or celebrating being on target or surpassing your target.
Goal on, my friends!