Goals Planning: How to Set and Achieve Goals

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

The goals planning methods we’re sharing in this video series are not specific to just our goals planner or journal and have helped many in our community set their goals and then get them done.

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.”
~William James

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

  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 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:

“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.

Whenever you’re reading this and getting started 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

We blended a few goals planning styles, including Warren Buffet’s method into our own decision process for a simplified yet comprehensive system on how to set goals, which we cover next and in the first video.

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. 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 on 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 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:

  • When your year actually begins
  • Perspectives on goal setting
  • The orienting foundational question to ask yourself even before you set  your goal
  • 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

Step 2: How to Decide on Goals

Once you have a list of goals in your 90 Day Goals Journal—or on paper—you can begin the process of prioritizing that list. This video will walk you through how to go about organizing the original larger list you created from the first step.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • 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: How to Refine 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:

  • 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

Step 4: How to Set 90 Day Goals

So now that you have a clear list of the top 3-5 macro goals you want to tackle, how do you disperse your focus throughout the next 90 days?  We’ll break that down in this video!  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:

  • How to structure goals within 90 days
  • How to create your structure
  • How to segment your goals
  • Macro vs Micro goals
  • Ordering your goals: Quarterly, Monthly, Weekly, Daily

We decided not to create videos on Monthly, Weekly, and Daily goals because you can use the exact same process from the previous video on each level. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email: Creators@iCreateDaily.com!

What is The 90 Day Goals Journal?

As we mentioned above, this method of goals planning 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 90 Day Goals Journal a try!

The 90 Day Goal Journal tracks goals:

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

Each step above is outlined in the journal with example pages, quotes to keep you inspired, and prompts for helping you measure progress.  We offer the 90 Day Goals Journal in four different colors: Purple, Teal, Maroon, and Blue to represent each season of the year.  Though the interior of each journal is the same structure.

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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