This year I am trying something new. No, it’s nothing as exotic as learning how to salsa dance or taking a cooking class (though I would love to do either of those!). Instead, I am changing the way I set goals.
As I explained in January, I am now setting quarterly goals for myself. (You can read more about how I did it here.) Each quarter of the year, I will set four goals for myself that align with my big picture priorities. I am hoping that this will give me a sense of relevance, immediacy, and focus.
But, it is not enough to set quarterly goals. I also need to set monthly goals to help me reach those quarterly goals. (I know, I know, I seem a bit too Type A at this point!) This helps me decide how to focus on my quarterly goals that month.
So, here are my:
Second Quarter Goals for 2019
Second Quarter Goal #1:
Spiritual Goal–Plan a Weekly Activity in Nature to Promote Rest
May Mini-Goals: 1.Visit the Arboretum during lilac season.
2. Plant a garden
3. Go on a family hike
Second Quarter Goal #2:
Personal Goal–Lose 10 pounds
May Mini-Goal: 1. Go on a long run once a week
2. No snacking after dinner
3. Track meals with the MyFitnessPal website
Second Quarter Goal #3:
Relationship Goal–Have a weekly date night in our out of the house.
May Mini-Goals: 1. Have a game night with another couple
2. Enjoy conversation and drinks outdoors
3. Go on a walk together
Second Quarter Goal #4:
Professional Goal–Write 1/3 of my book (Squeal!)
May Mini-Goals: 1. Write 7 pages
2. Send my co-author a list of the pages I will do
3. Research for my 7 pages
As you can see, many of these goals are quite simple, but they are the building blocks necessary to reach my Quarterly Goals. I am happy to say that I have already crossed several of them off!
Do you set goals for yourself? What is your system?
Pro Tip: I get a lot of the ideas on goal-setting that I use from Laura Vanderkam. She is an author and speaker who has a fabulous website and podcast. I also have appreciated her books 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and Off the Clock. Be sure to check them out if you are interested in time management or goal-setting.
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