How to Achieve Your Goals Better

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This year has gone so quickly, and it only seems like a few weeks ago that I was setting myself a goal for the year.

It seems such a shame that we only look over our goals once a year, though. I remember reading years ago that goals set at the start of the year are much less likely to be achieved than at other times of the year.

So why not start now? Because, it’s the start of a new school year, you’re thinking about what to buy everyone for Christmas, you’re just BUSY, ok?

Don’t fret, I’m here to help!

OK, here’s how to set your eyes on the prize and your goals in gear – are you ready?

Grab a pen and some paper

Or whatever you like to write with. Write down 25 things you are trying to achieve right now. It could be professional things like “get a job in ___ sector”, personal such as “save up for a holiday” or even something like “find someone to date”. (Sidenote: I once knew a Japanese girl who set herself the goal of going from single to married in one year. I didn’t think it could be done, but she showed me wrong! She’s now happily married with a child on the way!)

It might be hard to come up with 25, but it’s good to put down EVERYTHING down – when you’re spacing out at work thinking about how you want a cat and you scroll through the local Blue Cross available cats…yeah, put down ALL of those things.

Get that highlighter out

Highlight 5 of these goals that are the most important to you. The ones you ache to achieve. The ones you lie awake at night thinking about.

These are your top goals at this point, but that may change. So, pop this paper on the fridge (or somewhere you’ll see it often) and look over it every day for a week. In two days’ time are you still certain that these 5 are still your top goals? Switch and change them about if need be, but after a week, you should be 110% certain that these are absolutely the right 5.

What about the other 20 goals?

Scrap them. Put them to the side. These are distractions, and will only take your energy away from your top 5 goals. Once you start achieving your top ones, you can bump up one of the 20, but your top priority should be achieving these 5 goals you’ve spent a week deciding are the most important.

Why do we do this? Why does this work? I know myself that there are loads of things I want to achieve, and often I am so scattergram with my energy that I feel I only take baby steps in each thing. I’m the same with books – I have at least 5 books on the go right now, and I read a few pages of one, one day. Then a few pages of another one the next. If I just stuck with one book then I’d probably be a lot more productive with my reading!

So, don’t delay – start today! Why wait until new years to start your dreams?

As always, I’d love to hear from people who have tried this out! Let me know in the comments if you have!


  1. It’s true I never seem to look over goals once I’ve made them, or maybe if I was very motivated one year, I made a few step by step plans for some.
    I never feel compelled to make goals in January, personally the time for making goals has always been September. Maybe it’s the fact that its the start of the school year, or because I’ve had time to reflect over the summer holidays, but I always do Fall resolutions, not New Years.
    That being said my resolution is to get through my bleepng masters program and figure out where I want to live in 6 months. :S

  2. This is a simple yet great idea to get it going!

  3. I just saw a video on the tubes a few days ago that was talking about “Essentialism.” The basic idea behind the video was that you should focus your energy only on the most important and essential things, and say no to everything else. I’m not sure I agree that this works in every situation, but it’s certainly worth considering. (And the video got me curious enough to grab a digital copy of a recommended book on essentialism. I’ll let you know how it goes.)
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