As creators of the best-selling Productivity Planner, Best Year Journal, and Quarterly Planner, Mimi and Alex Ikonn have tried different tools and methods until they developed a clear, intelligent strategy on how to set attainable, relevant, smart goals.
“Separate your goals into categories to ensure they are balanced, otherwise you may set too many goals in one area of your life and not give enough attention to another. Be specific with your goals––it will make it much easier to figure out a plan for how to achieve them,” explains Alex. Choose focus areas that are relevant and important to you and write down three to five goals for each. Maybe it’s business, finances, career, relationships, recreation, happiness, personal growth, spirituality, or health and well-being. For each goal that you set, note why you want to achieve it. What makes it important to you?
Once you outline your aims, you need to create an action plan for how you will achieve them. The best way to tackle this is to work backward from the desired result and define what action is needed to get you there. Divide the year into quarters, months, and weeks, and identify what milestones need to be accomplished at different points of the year. “Set deadlines for each milestone,” reminds Alex, “as deadlines make you more accountable, making it more likely that you will fulfil your goal.”