Here Are 4 Easy Steps You Can Follow To Set Your Goal 

1. Make a list of everything you want to get done. 

It will be easier to get everything done and avoid feeling overwhelmed if you have them all listed in front of you. The list currently should not be very detailed or specific - you are simply doing a quick first draft. Include everything on your list, no matter how big or small the task, to make sure nothing gets overlooked.

2. Outsource the little jobs.

  • Ask yourself "Does this task really need to be completed? Will it help me to reach my long term goals? Is it urgent and/or important?" If you answer 'no,' simply get rid of the task.
  • If you have children, assign smaller or easier tasks, such as folding laundry or vacuuming, to them and reward them with an extra dollar in their weekly allowances. This will free up your time for bigger jobs and help them learn responsibility.

3. Go over the remaining goals and turn them into SMART goals. 

SMART is an acronym which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Time based.
  • Specific: Make your goals specific. For example, if your current goal is to lose weight, you should specify how much weight you want to lose.
  • Measurable: Have a way to measure progress. For example, if your goal is to write a novel, you could measure your progress by looking at how many chapters you have wrote.
  • Attainable/Achievable: Decide if your goal is possible. For example, will you really be able to lose a stone by the end of the week?
  • Relevant: Set goals that you want/need to achieve, not what others think you should. If a friend thinks you should aim to become good at chess, and recommends you join a chess club, but you hate chess, do not join the club,(Although, if you dislike it because you aren't good at it, you can improve).
  • Time based: Create a time you want to achieve the goal by. For example, if your goal is to write two chapters for a novel, set a time you want to have wrote the two chapters by. The end of the week? Before the month is out? Make sure to set a realistic time.

4. Prioritize your jobs. 

Everything needs to get done, but some need to be done sooner than others. Complete everything that's urgent or that has a strict deadline to make sure nothing is late. Put these tasks at the top of your list or highlight them so you can do them first, then focus on jobs that have a more flexible time line.