I used to be a fly by the seat of my pants individual. And then I realized that that attitude was the cause for my frequent stress, frustration and situational anxiety. I cannot suddenly transform myself into a super organized person, but I can do some small things that will bring a little more calm to my life.
One of those things was setting small, weekly goals for myself.
Every week I sit down on Monday morning and quickly jot out my goals for the week. I share those goals (well most of them) on Instagram every Monday.
Why do I do this? Because, weekly goals matter. And I need the accountability. (And I want to inspire you to set your own weekly goals.)
Let's talk about why setting weekly goals matters.
1. They make your BIGGER goals more manageable.
Maybe way back in January you had the idea to start a blog. Or start budgeting. Or lose 50 pounds. Those are all excellent ideas. But they're so broad.
By breaking up your goal into smaller, weekly chunks, it goes from an idea to a habit.
So instead of "I want to start a blog" it becomes: this week I pick a domain name. Or this week I come up with five post topics. Or this week I come up with an email freebie to grow my list.
See? It takes a BROAD goal and turns it into a daily thing you can tend to.
2. Weekly goals provide focus.
Have you ever hit Friday afternoon and felt like you accomplished NOTHING? Me too. That's why picking five things to focus my week on helps me feel and be more productive.
3. They filter out distraction.
It's really easy to get sucked into unimportant things that don't really matter. But if I have a quiet minute I can pick up my planner and see what tasks I need to cross off my list.
4. They keep you motivated.
Do you have a Thursday slump? I do. By the time Thursday afternoon comes I feel really done for the week and I just want to kick back. But if I have a plan or a list of things I want to accomplish I feel the motivation to keep pressing forward.
What about you? Do you set weekly goals? Tell me your strategy.