goalsetting

Tell Your Friends About Your Dreams

I’ve come to learn that setting goals is the easy part. The real test comes in when it’s time to knuckle down and get to work to ensure that those goals are achieved. In highschool, it was always drilled into us that our goals need to be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timebound). And whilst at the time, I didn’t fully internalise it or see it as anything more than a homework task, I’ve learnt that the more detailed a goal is, the easier it is to identify how to get there.

Holding yourself accountable is tough. But it is also necessary. It can be easy to slip into complacency and put the hard work off when we’re not actively checking in with ourselves about our progress. The simplest yet most effective way I hold myself accountable is by talking about my goals to people I trust. I’ll tell my parents or friends, and that way, not only do they hold me accountable and push me, but they also celebrate with me when I achieve. I tell different people depending on what aspect of my life the goal I’m trying to achieve falls under. For example, when I’m trying to get back into healthy eating and working out, my best friend will be my accountability buddy. We’ll send each other pictures of our meals, voice notes on how we’re feeling and what exercise we’ve done and just generally keep each other motivated. It may seem like something simple, but it has proved to be incredibly effective. 

Another thing that I enjoy about sharing my goals with people who I love and trust, is that they keep me in check. I tend to hold myself to impossibly high standards. So having people to talk to and bounce my goals off helps me to manage my expectations and allows me the space to recognise when I’m being unrealistic or too hard on myself. Sometimes, it’s hard to hear. But, it helps me immensely. 

It’s also important to be realistic. Whilst holding yourself accountable is essential, sometimes life just doesn’t go to plan, and you can’t run as many times as you would have liked in a week, or something comes up and you don’t have enough hours to study for that test to get an A. It’s okay. Being flexible and adapting your path to reach your goals is all part of it. So yes, having a plan and mapping out your “stepping stones” is important, but it’s also important to recognise that sometimes we need to shift the stepping stones a little to overcome things we couldn’t have anticipated. 

Everyone’s goal-setting methods look a little different, so how you choose to practice accountability comes down to personal preference. Try a few methods and then go with what feels right for you. Keep adapting and shifting as you grow and learn what allows you to feel most in control and happy.

Originally written for Comeback Magazine

Fresh Starts + Goal-Setting / Get To Work Book

Though I don’t believe that a new year is the only time to make fresh starts and set new goals (after all, every day is a fresh start), it is a great time to lay out plans for the year ahead, set goals and carve a path to achieve what you’ve set out to do. 

With 2017 drawing to a close, it may be a good idea to take some time to reflect on what you have achieved this year,  what you may want to work on and what goals you want to set for 2018. I personally find that the more SMART my goals are (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound), the less likely they are to hang in the air, and just remain goals.  

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Luckily for us, there are incredible people out there creating awesome, well thought-out tools to help us reach our full potential and plan out our days so they are filled with productive tasks, enjoyable hobbies and much sought after time to relax. One of these people is Elise Blaha Cripe, the founder of Get To Work Book and the host of the wonderfully interesting podcast, Elise Gets Crafty. Get To Work Book has been created to help one to achieve goals by working on them in small, manageable chunks and one day at a time so that they can become a reality. Its all about getting stuff done. 

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I love the clean lines and minimal colour palette

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I sent Elise a few questions about goal-setting and the Get To Work Book. Here’s what she had to say…

What inspired you to start Get To Work Book?

I really wanted a planner that was simple in design without a lot of extra colors or flourishes. I had learned a lot about working towards big projects over the years and was excited to incorporate some of those aspects.

If you had to give people one piece of advice when it comes to goal-setting, what would it be?

Start with something that is manageable but still hard enough to feel exciting. Tell people about the goals you are working towards and document your progress as you go.

Do you think there is added value in putting goals on paper and not just keeping them in your head, or in an app on your phone?  

For me, absolutely. I am a very visual person and “seeing” my tasks on paper can keep me motivated. I also like the sensation of crossing things off which is never as satisfying on my phone.

How do you stay inspired to keep on hustling, and how do you ensure that you still have time for yourself?

I have found that “making breeds making” so the more I stay engaged and creative, the more creative ideas I have. When I am feeling uninspired, I try to return to an old hobby in order to get my momentum back. I’m an introvert and so making sure I have personal time is a huge priority – just as important to me as work.

I hope this inspires you to take action and make your goals happen. You can do anything if you set you set your mind to it. 

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You can pick up a copy of the 2018 Jan – December Get To Work Book here.

Nabeela x

PS: Stay tuned for part 2 – a more detailed review early 2018

{Disclaimer: I was sent a Get To Work Book to review here on my blog. As always, all my opinions and thoughts are my own, and I would never recommend a product that I don’t truly love and believe is worthwhile}

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