I have always been a huge lover of all kinds of lists. Seriously, I love to write bucket lists, to-do lists and what-I-want-to-achieve lists. Sometimes I feel like I’m writing a bit too much lists but since writing things down makes me happy, I keep doing it. Another thing I love to do is to set goals. I always want to feel productive and feel like I’m actually moving towards my big goals and dreams. And I think that setting goals is an essential part of making your dreams come true. That’s why I’ve developed a routine of setting some weekly goals.
Every Sunday I take a moment to think about the week ahead. Before setting any goals I usually ask myself these five questions. It helps me to figure out how I can improve my life this week.
- What is going to happen?
- What are the most important things this week?
- What I want to achieve?
- How I want to feel this week?
- What can I do this week that helps me to achieve my big goals?
Goals should support your work-life balance
Of course, as an ambitious girl I like to set some serious career goals. But I also have big dreams that aren’t really related to my current work and career. That’s why I also set goals for other aspects of my life as well. I also believe this helps me to live more balanced life which helps me to keep positive and not to burn out. So if you are thinking about starting this kind of goal-setting routine too, I suggest you also set goals related to your hobbies, well-being, relationships and self-improvement. Life is not all about career and work.
It’s important that your weekly goals support your ideal work-life balance. For example, I spend most of my days at the office staring at my computer screen. That’s why I also set some goals related to my dear hobbies: gardening and crafting. I also set work-out goals that help me to de-stress.
Takeaway: Set different kinds of goals that will support your work-life balance. If you have a busy week ahead at the office, don’t set goals that require sitting and staring at the screen in your spare time as well.
Keep it realistic
Since one week is quite short time period, it’s impossible to achieve dozens of big goals in one week. It’s very important to keep your goals realistic and achievable but also challenging enough. That’s why I only set like 2-3 goals related to my career and then 6 other goals related to other aspects of my life. I think nine goals is realistic enough but those goals definitely keep me busy as well.
Here’s an example of my weekly goals:
- Network with 3 new people
- Update my LinkedIn profile
- Finish and reflect the social media campaign I started last week
- Read at least one new book
- Finish that blanket I started crocheting
- Work out at least 3 times this week
- Write and publish 3 blog posts
- Plant herbs in the balcony
- Get 100 new followers on instagram
Of course, we are all different. For some people nine goals in one week might feel like way too much. But like you can see, some of my goals are bigger and some of them are smaller. For me nine measurable goals is just fine. Naturally, if you love setting bigger goals, you can decrease the amount of your goals.
Don’t stress about it
One thing I’ve learned after I started to set my weekly goals is that it is not that serious. Sometimes you can reach all your goals and feel awesome about it, but sometimes life just happens. It’s totally normal to have better and worse weeks. That’s why one of the most important piece of advice is that you should not stress about your goals too much. Don’t forget to enjoy life while making your dreams come true.