Goals Planning: How to Set and Achieve Goals

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Goal Planners, Goals Journals, and Goals Apps

Whether you’re using our 90 Day Goals Journal or any other system, goals planning is super popular and for good reason. The process of planning your goals—deciding, refining, and setting goals—will absolutely keep you on track, if you work the plan daily.

Audio Article – Goals Planning:

 

The goals planning methods we’re sharing in the video series below can be used with any goals planner or just a document.  No matter which journal or planning system you use, setting goals and working them daily is a habit common amongst successful creators.

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”
~Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter

The three questions we see people struggle with and ask most:

  1. “How do I set goals?”
  2. “How do I break down my bigger goals into daily tasks?
  3. How do I prioritize what to work on first when I have so many ideas?

As creators and entrepreneurs with a million ideas a minute we completely understand the struggle. Deciding which to set as short and long term goals can be challenging for creative ideators.

Having too many ideas sets up a tremendous tension between what we’re humanly able to do versus what we want to do. Trying to do it all can quickly lead to frustration, overwhelm, and even depression.

“You can do it all, just not all right now.”
~multiple authors

Goals Planning: As creators and entrepreneurs with a million ideas a minute we completely understand the struggle in deciding which ideas to shelf and what goals to focus on first. The biggest tension is that we want to do everything, but like many leaders have stated in various ways. #goals #quotes #creative #work #business

Start Now… Don’t Wait

While the first video in this 90 Day Goals Journal series is about getting your annual goals on paper, keep in mind that “annual” does not have to mean January 1st. Even though it’s nice to follow the calendar year, you can use this to help in setting yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily goals no matter the time of year.

Now, is always the best time to start.

No matter when you’re reading this, getting started now is the best time. The good thing about goal planning and setting is that you start where you are with what you have. Even if it’s just a blank piece of paper, and halfway through a week that’s halfway through a month, just start today.

Don’t wait to start goals planning. Start right here, right now, even if it’s just notes on a piece of paper. Starting, sets everything in motion.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Goal Setting

Our goals planning approach is an amalgamation of our own and best practices of other virtual mentors, including Warren Buffett. So if you’re struggling identifying and setting your goals, we cover that in the first video below.

Once you start the process of setting goals, then working on and tweaking them daily, you will make more progress more quickly. You’ll also start to gain clarity around their goals.

Goals planning begins as a goal that quickly becomes a habit and then a way of life.

You may be surprised to discover that many people are not clear on what they want. If that’s you, no worries. The more you work on goal setting and planning, the more clear you will be on what does—and does not—belong in your plan.

Goals are where you are going… not how you’ll get there.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

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Goals Planning

How do I Set Annual Goals?

Step 1: Setting Annual Goals

This first step is all about a goals “brain dump.”  You want to get all the ideas from your head, onto paper.

Generally, people write down about 10-25 goals. These will vary in size and areas of life. For example, you may have several professional and business goals, personal and family goals and also spiritual goals.

Don’t feel bad if you only get 5-10 though. That could indicate you already have a pretty clear idea of what you want to focus on and you just need help knowing which goal to tackle first, and how to break down your macro goals into micro, daily and weekly goals.

TOPICS COVERED IN THE ‘SETTING ANNUAL GOALS’ VIDEO:

  • When your year actually begins
  • Perspectives on goal setting
  • The orienting foundational question to ask yourself even before you set your goals
  • The questions to ask for identifying your one year macro goal
  • The perspective on goals in the quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Where to start if you’re still not sure where to start with your goal setting

Goals are the sunrise on the horizon of your future.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Step 2: Deciding Which Goals to Focus on

Once you have a list goals, you can begin the process of prioritizing that list. This next video will walk you through how to go about organizing and prioritizing the original larger list you created in the first step.

TOPICS COVERED IN THE ‘HOW TO DECIDE ON GOALS’ VIDEO:

  • How to define your goals
  • Identifying your priorities
  • How to make a decision
  • Honing your top 5 goals list
  • Identifying what to keep and what to omit
  • What do to with the goals in different areas of your life
  • How to definitely get more done, and when it’s more likely to happen

Step 3: Refining Your Goals

The next stage is refining your priorities organized above to your Top 5 List, or Top 3 List. These will become your Macro Quarterly and Monthly goals. Which you’ll again break down, using the same method, to determine your Weekly and Daily goals.

TOPICS COVERED IN THE ‘HOW TO REFINE YOUR GOALS’ VIDEO

  • The 7 Step decision-making process
  • Questions to help you refine goals
  • Honing in the top priorities
  • Allocate the clear priorities for your 90 day goals, month-by-month

“Setting goals is the first step to turning the invisible, into the visible.”
~Tony Robbins, American author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and life coach

Step 4: How to Set 90 Day Goals

Now that you have a clear list of the top 3-5 macro goals you want to tackle, you’ll need to divide these into months. We break that down in this How to Set 90 Day Goals video below.

You will most likely want to keep referring to the Step 3 video because that process is how you’ll break the larger goals down into your Weekly and Daily actions.

TOPICS COVERED IN THE ‘HOW TO SET 90 DAY GOALS‘ VIDEO:

  • Structure goals within 90 days
  • Create your structure
  • How to segment your goals
  • Identify macro vs micro goals
  • Ordering your goals: quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily

You can use the exact same process for any level of goal setting. For additional insight, you can see more on Monthly, Weekly, and Daily goals in the articles linked there.

 

The iCreateDaily 90 Day Goals Journal

This goals planning process works well no matter what system you’re using for setting and tracking your goals.

If you are currently looking for a new journal, not sure what to buy, or need a new system, we’d love for you to give the iCreateDaily 90 Day Goals Journal a try!

The 90 Day Goal Journal helps you plan, set and track goals:

  • Annually
  • Quarterly
  • Monthly
  • Weekly
  • Daily
  • Daily, Weekly & Monthly review pages

Each step above is outlined in the iCreateDaily Quarterly Goals planner which includes example pages, quotes to keep you inspired, and prompts for helping you measure progress.

You can get the 90 Day Goals Journal in four different colors: Purple, Teal, Maroon, and Blue to help you easily identify the different quarters.  You’ll find that the interior of each journal has the same structure with variables being different daily quotes and Day 7 Reflections pages.

Learn more about the 90 Day Goals Journal here!

We offer a free digital 30 Day Goals Journal download if you’d like to give it a test try in your goals planning!

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Hey! I’m Devani, a multi-passionate creator who enjoys honing the craft of writing (mostly;)), photography, cooking, podcasting, learning about business, and growing brands.  I co-host the iCreateDaily Podcast with LeAura Alderson (my mom), and co-own the iCreateDaily brand. I hope through the content and products we produce, you will be inspired to start, sustain, and succeed in your goals.

My non-business and artistic hobbies include: enjoying a good movie, discovering obscure but epic music, obsessing over The Beatles, and developing fictional stories in my head.  My Maltese dog, Caspian, provides an insane amount of creative inspiration by just being his adorable self. #HeWokeUpLikeThat. 😉 



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