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How to Achieve Your Goals With Free Printable

I’m terrible at setting a goal and achieving it. I’m a master procrastinator. But I’ve skipped school three days in a row now, and I just thought to myself: “I NEED A PLAN! This, right here, isn’t working.” It’s just a bonus that I could make it into a blog post.

I needed to make a map, which I’ve prepared now. It’s a good plan, which is why I’m sharing it with you. To be honest, I have no idea if this system works, but hang on through this post, and I’ll let you be the judge of that. We’re going to have so much fun; this includes a lot of brain dumping and lists; who doesn’t enjoy those? AND!! I made 8 pages of this fun, put together in a free printable, just for you, so you don’t have to do as much work!

1

What is your goal?

Step one. Make a brain dump of all the things you want to achieve. Realistic AND crazy ideas; it doesn’t matter. List everything that comes to mind, when you think of the word ‘goal’.
Even if you already know what your goal is, try out this part. You might find some ideas you haven’t thought of previously.
Don’t spend too much time on this part. Set aside 15 minutes or so to do this; it’s only what’s on top of your mind. You’ll get to do another brain dump later on.

goal setting schymerau

For me, my brain dump includes:

  • Start my own business again (photography, graphic design and web development)
  • Create productive habits
  • Start horseback riding again
  • Finish college — with good grades
  • Work on self-improvement
  • Photograph more
  • Become a blogger — blog more
  • Procrastinate less
  • Learn Chinese — Traditional and pinyin
  • Be more productive, which sort of falls under procrastinate less

Have you done your brain dump? Let’s move on to…

2

Divide and prioritize your goals

I divided this into 2 x 2 segments. “Want to do,” “Need to do,” “Within one year” and “In the future.” You have to divide and prioritize your goals from step 1 into the first two segments (“need to do” and “want to do”). Need to do is what you need to do, want to do is what you want to do. Simple as that. I wrote mine down and prioritized like this:

Need to do

  1. Finish college
  2. Create productive habits
  3. Be more productive/procrastinate less

Want to do

  1. Become a blogger
  2. Learn Chinese
  3. Photograph more
  4. Work on self-improvement
  5. Start my own business
  6. Start horseback riding again

Next, I classified my goals again into two segments. What I want to be doing within 1 year and what I want to be doing sometime in the future. My lists look like this:

Within 1 year

  • Become a blogger
  • Be more productive/procrastinate less
  • Work on self-improvement
  • Photograph more
  • Create productive habits

In the future

  • Finish college
  • Learn Chinese
  • Start my own business
  • Start horseback riding again
goal setting schymerau

After doing this, you should have a good idea of what your current goal should be. For me, I chose “finish college” because it was #1 on my “need to do list” and it includes a lot of my other goals such as: create productive habits, be more productive/procrastinate less, work on self-improvement, etc..

3

ANOTHER brain dump!

We’re starting to get somewhere, good job! Now it’s time for another brain dump. What do I have to do, to achieve my goal? Just write down everything that comes to mind, when you think of your goal. It should be easy.
I wrote down things like:

  • Keep my eye on the prize (have focus!!)
  • Show up at school (every day!!)
  • Do my homework
  • Don’t procrastinate as much
  • Survive groupwork
  • Do my assignments
  • Engage in social activities

You should probably spend more than 5 minutes writing this. It’s the process where you find out all your “mini-goals”; at least it was for me.

4

List that sh*t!

Now we know what we want to do and what we need to do, to achieve it. Goal setting is pretty simple, huh? Place the point from your brain dump into these four segments, by what should be a habit (to achieve your goal), what you need to do once, maybe twice, what’s essential and what you probably don’t need to pay as much attention towards.

I’ve realised that this post probably will be endless, if I list all the things I’ve written down, every time, so I’ll just skip that part from now on. I’ve read blogging really isn’t about “me”; it’s about the reader. So let’s focus on your goals from now on. 

Once you finished step four, we can move on to step five which is:

5

Create a 90-day plan

We have all these ideas, where do we put them? I don’t know when your primary goal is due, but let’s start by creating a 90-day plan. Why 90 days? Because, at least for me, 90 days is achievable. It’s long enough to achieve noticeable results and create habits, but not so long that it seems unachievable. 

So What do you want to achieve in the next 90 days? Decide on a goal towards your main goal, if 90 days isn’t enough to achieve your goal.

Set weekly goals for each month

In the printable, you’ll find that I’ve divided each month into 4 weeks (on each page) so it’s easy to get a view on what needs to be done. Easy-peasy, right?

Evaluate, evaluate, evaluate!

This is important! Things can change a lot over the course of a month. Evaluate after each month what worked, what didn’t work, if the next month’s goals are still relevant or if they need to be changed. The last page in my printable is excellent for evaluation!

goal setting free printable

Are you ready to achieve your goals?

I hope you like my little entry. I’ll write another more in-depth version where I talk more about my own goals and how I plan to achieve them. I realized, this post would’ve gotten way too long and probably get off tracks a dozen times. Short story: You probably wouldn’t have stayed long enough to actually get down to the free printable, and that would’ve been a shame; I spend a lot of time making it 😀

Let me know in the comments if you like it!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Nikki Lam

    Thanks for the great information!

    24. August 2018 at 17:06
    • Reply Camilla

      Glad you liked it 😀

      25. August 2018 at 9:21
  • Reply Krystin

    These are such great tips, I need a physical to-do list in front of me to get everything done or I’m all over the place!

    24. August 2018 at 17:07
    • Reply Camilla

      Me too! I THINK I can multitask, but I really can’t!

      25. August 2018 at 9:21
  • Reply RJ

    Great Blog. It’s also Great Thought.
    They are very supportive so any person for his life.

    27. August 2018 at 6:07
  • Reply Dhananjay

    Best thought
    thank you so much

    3. September 2018 at 8:24
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