A few weeks back, I mentioned that I enjoy setting Mini Goals each week. I received lots of comments about this so I thought I would share Why and How To Set Mini Goals.
Why and How To Set Mini Goals
It’s fantastic to set big, huge scary goals at the start of the year or anytime really. However, once you set that bit, scary goal it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So maybe you want to run a marathon or get 8 hours of sleep a night or eat more meatless meals. How do those goals translate into your life each week or each day?
Breaking down these bigger goals into small, manageable weekly goals can be so empowering. Set yourself up to succeed by devising smaller, mini goals that you can achieve to ultimately get you towards your bigger goals.
So how do you set Mini Goals?
Each week I take a realistic look at my schedule to help me come up with my mini goals. I figure out how and where I can fit in the desired activity and feel like I accomplished something. I then make sure I have the tools to achieve it.
For example, my big goal could be something like “I want to eat more meatless meals by the end of the year”. An ambitious and very broad goal. Looking at my week, I feel like setting a goal to eat 4 meatless meals this week is achievable. I then would save 4 recipes and make sure that I had all the ingredients on hand.
Often I hear my friends say they need to get more sleep “next week” but it never seems to happen. Why? Mini goals don’t just happen without planning. Take a look at your schedule and see which nights look like good possibilities. Set a reminder or alarm on your phone for those nights that it’s time to go to bed. Start small-these are mini goals. Maybe set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you normally go to bed. Write it down in your planner and check it off when you do it. Achieving that goal twice in one week will feel fantastic!
My mini goals for this week:
-Bike outside 2 times (weather dependent)
-swim once this week
-make it to yoga 2 times
Setting mini goals each week keeps me motivated towards reaching my bigger goals. It’s also a great way to give myself a little pat on the back for what I did achieve instead of focusing on how far I might have to go. Tell me do you set mini goals? How does it work for you?
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