Journalling: Monthly goals
I try to set a few goals for myself at the beginning of each month. Sometimes these goals might be really general, like ‘Eat more greens’, and other times they will be specific, like ‘Finish writing such-and-such article’. I also try to make sure I have just one goal from each different area of my life. For example: one nutrition based goal, one fitness goal, one mindfulness goal, one professional goal, etc. In my experience, breaking it down like this not only helps you address all areas of your life, but it also prevents you from setting too many goals at once.
I usually write these goals down as a list in my journal, and sometimes I’ll take some time to reflect on why these goals in particular are important right now. I might also jot down a few things that will help me reach my goal.
For example, let’s say one of my goals is to ‘Watch less TV’. I would write it in my journal and underneath maybe I would reflect: ‘I’ve noticed I sleep better when I avoid TV at night. I’m also just in a better mood overall and am able to be more productive. Not watching TV is important to both my well-being and my professional goals.’ In order to reach this goal, I might add: 'I need to make sure I have lots of fiction books so that I have something to read in the evenings when I would usually watch TV.’ Sometimes I’ll also copy certain goals onto my calendar as a daily reminder to help me stay focussed.
Ready to set your goals for next month? Here are a few prompts to get you started:
Is there something you want to improve about your life? Something you want to change?
Will this take a few weeks? Months? Years?
Why is this change or improvement important to you right now?
What are some ways you could achieve this improvement and/or change?
What are some obstacles that might challenge you?
Are there any people in your life that could help you achieve your goals?
What’s one small step you can take today?