Setting goals gives you long-term visions and short-term motivation. They are the first step to every action that we make.
When you write down your goals, you are more likely to follow through with it. Let’s say your goal is to lose 10lbs. Write that down at the top of the page and then you bullet point different ways that you are going to follow through with that goal. If you have them written down, you won’t forget and you will have a constant reminder of your goal and how you are going to achieve it.
Having goals also allows you to check your progress. A goal of mine is to move out of my parents home by August 2016. If I have this goal and right now it is March, by April, I can check my progress. Like okay Jasmine it’s April, how much money have you saved up since you wrote this goal down a month ago. In May, okay now have you looked at apartments, what’s your budget, what are you looking for in an apartment, what area. Being able to check my progress also keeps me on my toes when it comes to my goals.
Having goals can also prevent you from procrastinating. If you have to do something on the whim, the likelihood of you getting it done is slim to none but however if you have a goal set, it will be on the back of your mind, like “Oh wait, I have something I have to get done, let me get to it right away.”
I recently created a goals book. I went out and bought a composition book and glammed it out and I began writing out some goals. A couple of my goals included:
- Save money, spend less
- Move out of parents home
- Go to graduate school
- Work on being selfless, open-minded, and admitting when I’m wrong
I think it is a great way for actually keeping with the things you have actually set out for yourself. You won’t get back tracked and you always have a constant reminder of what you have planned for yourself.