My Favorite Tools for Goal Setting

Here are my top 10 must haves when it comes to goal setting and implementing them in to my daily routine.

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TOOLS FOR GOAL SETTING

I’m an organizer at heart, so my home is filled with labels, baskets and schedules. So when it comes to goals, I have a few favorite tools for goal setting that I always go to in helping me organize my thoughts and execute a plan.

1. A SIMPLE TO DO LIST PAD

These are by far my favorite. Simple, to the point and ready to rock and roll. Plus I love the old-school design.

2. A GOOD SET OF HIGHLIGHTERS

I always come back to these Sharpies. They are the brightest, last a long time, and I probably own more highlighters than pens. Every time I finish a task, I get a nerdy rush highlighting it off my list.

3. A SMOOTH PEN TO GET THE JOB DONE

Lately, I’ve found that pens with that weird squishy thing on the end (I guess it’s used for a stylus) write the smoothest. I jump back and forth on which pens are my favorite, but currently, these are the front-runners.

4. POST-ITS FOR YOUR TOP 3 GOALS

I know this is so basic, but seriously, I can’t live without my Post-its. I use them mostly to write my top 3 of the day. Each morning, I take 2 Post-its, write:

  • WORK 1. 2. 3.
  • PERSONAL 1. 2. 3.

Then I fill out the 3 main tasks in each category I want to accomplish that day.

5. DRY ERASE MARKERS FOR YOUR BATHROOM MIRROR

I write on my mirror all the time for reminders, motivational quotes, and habit tracking. Write 1-21 on your mirror and cross off each day you meet your goal. They say it takes 21 days in a row to develop a good habit, but feel free to set your own number or goal parameters. (Who are “they” anyway?)

6. A PRETTY WALL CALENDAR

Maybe you like dry erase calendars, or a simple yearly overview, but have something on the wall to refer to when you need to track something. Having everything digital can be a pain especially when you just want to look up the date and end up jumping over to Facebook.

7. TRELLO APP FOR A BRAIN DUMP

Speaking of digital, I fight the urge to use a digital calendar, because I am always drawn back to good old pencil and paper. However, my office is littered with bits of paper, scraps of ideas and jumbled lists. Last month, I discovered Trello boards (Ok I know I’m behind the times on this one) and spent two days straight organizing these amazing little boards. I use them for meal planning, cleaning checklists, editorial calendars, medical information—you name it. Consider it your brain organized in an app.

8. MONTHLY PLANNER

I can’t seem to get on board with updating a daily calendar, but monthly calendars are my jam. I use a planner that simply contains two years of monthly calendars and write down everything I can think of, and for day to day tasks, refer to my to do list pad that I add to as needed.

9. SPECIFIC GOAL PLANNERS

Every once in awhile I need a little help in organizing my thoughts when it comes to goal setting and about twice a year, I re-evaluate where I’m at and where I want to go. These are great motivational tools for getting the job done.

10. WHITE BOARD FOR INSPIRATION

I use my white board in my office to write out my goals and the progress I’m making on them. Some days I feel like I’m doing great, others I don’t feel like I’ve gone backwards. Having a board or even a piece of paper that tracks your progress on a long term goal can be the perfect motivator to help you see small milestones you’ve reached along the way to help you power through.

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Motivational Quotes to Encourage You to Reach Your Goals

Need inspiration and encouragement to reach your goals? Read this list of my favorite goal reaching motivational quotes.

Motivational quotes

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES ON GOAL SETTING

I’m a sucker for a good quote. Some of these quotes have gotten me out of bed, out of a rut, started on a business, or helped me become a better person. Compile your own list of quotes and keep them in a place where you can turn to when you need a pep talk (I store all of mine on this Pinterest board)!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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You’ve got this!

Motivational quotes
Motivational quotes

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Creating Family Goals for the New Year

Bring your family together by creating goals that define what you want to look like as a family. Get your free template printable here.

FINDING A MENTOR

A few years ago I was lucky enough to find an amazing “Mom group” with mentors that helped me tremendously as a parent. Finding a mom that’s a season ahead of you doing things well is one of the best parenting resources you can find. If you don’t have a mentor in your life, ask yourself who do you know that is parenting their children with patience and leadership?

No one’s perfect, but who is raising their children in a healthy, spiritual direction? Text them, call them, ask them to lunch. It starts with you—don’t be intimidated. I’ve found that older women in my church feel so appreciated to be asked to coffee to get parenting advice.

CREATING FAMILY GOALS

I was introduced to the idea of a “family mission statement” and for the first time saw how I could bring my family together as a team, while teaching my kids Biblical truths. Every family is different, so your goals will be worded differently. When I wrote this goal poster (originally in 2016), I wanted it to address our current issues.

  • Preschool temper tantrums
  • Sharing with a baby sister
  • Cleaning up after ourselves
  • Using manners
  • Being respectful
  • Making my children feel loved and secure

Then I added the “Fruits of the Spirit” as a kind of rule chart for my kids to refer to. When someone was caught not sharing or lying, I could direct them to the family goals and ask them what Fruit of the Spirit they needed to work on. Instead of focusing on what they did wrong, it changed their focus to how they could make it right.

PRINT YOUR OWN FAMILY GOALS CHART

Write out your list of what you want your family to look like and create your own set of family goals…or feel free to use mine and have your kids draw a family picture in the middle.

Print yours here.

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Want to set some personal goals as well? Then check out this NEW Goal Setting Workbook I created just for you! You can find it in my shop here:

For more posts on goal setting, read:

You’ve got this!

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