We all know it's important to have goals, but have you thought about the benefits of setting goals by writing them down and breaking them down into smaller pieces? Here are 5 good reasons why you should!
I find it helpful to get things simplified and organized before taking on a new project. (If you're interested, you can always go back & try the 31 Days to Declutter Challenge any time)
Today's post focuses on 5 Benefits I've noticed from setting goals, planning them out, and organizing those plans with worksheets (I've included some free ones here on the blog) or into a daily/weekly/monthly planner.
5 Benefits of Setting Goals
1. Focus & Confidence
Breaking goals down into smaller steps makes focusing on them less overwhelming and easier to do! Having a small step to focus on (that will bring you closer to the bigger goal) is much more manageable!
Once you've broken the goal down into pieces, you can focus on each "next step" without worrying about the next, because you know it'll come- you have a plan and can feel confident in moving forward!
2. Noticeable Progress & Encouragement
When you have a vague goal in mind, with no specific plan for how you'll achieve it, you're unlikely to make much progress. When you do make progress, it can be difficult to recognize it but when you take the time to write out your goals and break them into steps, you'll be able to take stock at regular intervals and look back on where you started, and recognize the progress you've made. It's so encouraging to be able to see that you're getting closer to your goal!
3. Stay Motivated & Committed
Once you've verbalized and documented your goal and have a clear destination in mind, you'll feel excited to move toward it!
I've noticed that I tend to wait to do things until I feel motivated (either because I'm excited about doing the thing, or because I'm running out of time to do it, so I'm motivated by a deadline). I've been thinking about motivation vs. discipline. Sometimes, in order to be successful, I think you need to just keep showing up and "just do it", even when you're not feeling motivation. That said, having a destination in mind, and feeling that my plan to get there is do-able tends to create more motivation for me, which makes "just doing it" easier!
4. Move Past Procrastination & Overwhelm
I've noticed that when I know what I'm aiming for, I'm more aware of the cost of procrastination. If I don't have a goal in mind, a relaxed, fairly unproductive day seems like less of an issue than when I am working toward a goal. When I have a goal in mind and I know what my next steps are, I'm more aware of what I'm giving up when I procrastinate, so it needs to be worth the sacrifice- do I really need a nap? Will it help me in the end, to be more productive? If not, I'd rather get to work & get closer to the goal!
Overwhelm is less of an issue for me when I have my goals broken up into manageable pieces. Thinking of the goal as one, big, final destination can make it feel overwhelming and nearly impossible to achieve but having it broken up into very do-able steps makes it easier to take action.
5. More Productive & Successful
Each time you complete a small step on the way to your goal, you feel great and that positive reinforcement keeps you working toward the next step, and the next! The excitement about the progress made creates a positive feedback loop that helps you to continue to be productive.
It's exciting to have a plan in place and to know that as long as I stay committed to it, I will be at the "finish line" one day!
Teach Your Family About Goal Setting
If you're excited about teaching your kids how to set better goals, I have a post all about SMART goal setting for kids that includes a worksheet for teaching them all about it!