Last year, I set 15 goals for myself and out of those 15 goals I achieved 9. This year I intend to surpass every single one of my 2018 targets.
I realised that the out of the 15 targets I’d set last year the 9 I achieved were loosely planned. I had a vague idea of how I would achieve them but I hadn’t actually cemented any plans. September came and I was in panic mode because I’d only achieved 4 out 15. I had to rush to get a few more ticked off before the year ended.
One of my goals that had been carefully planned was to get a car. In order to do that, I had to save money. I researched how much I’d need for the deposit, got quotes for insurance, considered the initial payment for insurance and then I thought about maintenance. I also gave myself a deadline. This was one of the only goals that had an action plan.
I passed my test on the 8th May and on the 18th May I picked up my first car, Zelda Zola. I wouldn’t have been able to get her without planning.
Before the holidays, I had to complete a Personal Development Plan for work. I used this framework to create a 2018 Goal Mapper.
The goals I have written down follow the SMART acronym. SMART goals were coined by consultant George T. Doran in 1981 as a means to help businesses achieve their goals.
For my Goal Mapper here are some of the things I thought about.
What exactly do I want to achieve?
E.g. Instead of writing lose weight, I wrote to go from 39.4% body fat to 35% body
Is there a way I can measure the success?
My goal is achievable if I do XYZ.
I thought about how I’d implement lifestyle changes.
I hate meal prepping because I don’t believe in tasteless calories. If I’m going to eat chicken, I want it to be tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. What I’ll do instead is meal prep breakfast and lunch then cook my dinner on the day. I will also try to chop vegetables in advance.
Can I achieve this goal with all the other things I have going on?
I researched and I can realistically lose 5% body fat in 4 months.
Do I have a time frame I like to do this by?
Yes, I’m aiming for a birthday glow up.
This framework helped me create my Goal Mapper.
My Goal Mapper is organised into 5 Categories
- Health and Wellbeing
- Hobbies and Interests
Throughout the year, I will be able to see which areas I’m not doing that well in and adjust accordingly. I also thought about key factors that might get in the way of me achieving my goals and I have solutions for them.
1. Consider potential setbacks
Plans are just plans and life happens. For each of my goals, I have thought about potential setbacks and I have written down practical ways to mitigate them.
2. Get an Accountability Partner
There’s no line manager in my life to ask me whether or not I’ve completed something but I do have friends and family.
My friend Esmé and I are going to be accountability each other’s accountability partner. I will send her my plan and she will do the same. We will figure out a system and check in on each other from time to time. Check her out on Medium and on Instagram. I’ll let you know how it goes.
On the “Accountability” tab, I have also given myself conditions. E.g. if this isn’t complete by this date, I will have to miss out on a social event.
3. Prioritise and Stick to deadlines
I have organised my goals in terms of priority and colour coded them so I know which deadlines are nearest. This should allow me to focus on the most important goals first.
4. Ask yourself how you feel about your goal
When I am feeling nervous or anxious about a task I tend to ignore it. This is a problem especially when it comes to my creative interests because no-one will ever know or ask me about them.
The “confidence level” tab forces me to be honest about my feelings and to work through them. Already, this has alleviated some of the anxiety and I feel more confident about my goals.
I am incredibly excited for the year and I hope you guys are too.
If you’d like me to send you the template I’d be more than happy to do so. All you have to do is follow me on Instagram to stay up to date with my work and DM me a request. If you don’t use Instagram, then subscribe or follow me on any one of my other social media accounts.
May this be your Cardi B year and may your glow be blinding. Let’s all be great in 2018!