In December of each year, I sit down and start to develop my next year’s goals. Goal setting is a huge deal for me, and I use Lara Casey’s Powersheets to assist me with this process. I have always set yearly goals and for the most part, I have achieved at least 70% of them, but in the previous years, I have been closer to 90%. For those that are not achieved in that year they are either moved to the next year or evaluated for usefulness.
Developing My Goals
1. Word or Phase for the Year
Quite honestly, I have been doing the word or phase to define my year for a very long time. For many years, my word was patience and strength but in more recent years the word started to evolve as I did. To discover my word for the year, I sit down and think about the traits and items I wish to possess. After some deep thinking, I make a list of words and from that list I choose the word the speaks to me.
2. Base Goals Upon My Word
Once I determine my goal for year, I make a list of goals based on my career, finances, spiritual life, physical and mental health, and random other wishes. Typically there are about 10-13 goals for the year depending on the situations, circumstances, and goals. Using my powersheets, I evaluate and discover my reason for choosing these goals (My Way).
3. Books Based on Goals
Once the goals and the word is decided upon, I pair books to my yearly goals as it allows for structure and continuity. Also, as I tend to make a goal of reading a book a month, This is the portion that needs to take me some time as I tend to keep an extensive book list.
4. Develop S.M.A.R.T. Goals
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Each goal is broken into smaller and obtainable action steps. Depending on the depth and extensiveness for each action step, the action steps can be minor, or massive. Based on these action steps involved, the goal could be achieved within one month or multiple.
5. Developing Quartely Goals, Monthly Goals, and Tracking
Based on the action steps, each goal and the corresponding action steps are assigned to a month where they are tracked using the Powersheets and Trello. Occasionally halfway through the year, I will decide to add a goal to the list. Each month I decide on which goals I wish to complete, and assign the goals and the corresponding action plans to the chosen month.