With 2013 half gone, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what your goals will be for the rest of the year. I’ve found that I do much better with setting quarterly goals, rather than making yearly resolutions. The key is to figure out how you want to categorize your goals. I’ve talked about making goals previously on the blog, so getting down to creating quarterly ones for myself is so important to me. Just a note: this is how I set quarterly goals, so feel free to use the guide for yourself or at least feel inspired to go your own route and make your own.
Step 1: List your accomplished goals
How can you make new goals without seeing which ones have been accomplished? By taking accountability of what goals have come to fruition and which ones you still need to work on, you can easily make your goal list for the next quarter. Write it down in a list or even make a video where you tell your favorite accomplished goals during the last quarter. By getting them out in the open, you’ll also be able to see which goals you’d like to build upon and which one aren’t worth the extra energy in the upcoming months.
Step 2: Create categories
This is where your personal preference will come into play. When picking categories for your goals, try to keep them down to 4 or 5. I’ve selected 4 categories: work, home, voluteering and me. Yes, I have a me category! One of my biggest mistakes is leaving myself off of my list of priorities and goals. I’m changing that this year. Also, I like to keep my categories a bit generalized (hence the “home” instead of “family” category) so I can place a few different goals in each one. For example, within my work category, I have goals for this here blog, as well as goals for my military career.
Step 3: Set those quarterly goals in stone
We as a society tend to love creating to-do lists, and then adding more “to-dos” to it as we complete a task. For your quarterly goals, don’t do that. Once you accomplish a goal, you’ll have the duty of maintaining that accomplishment. Adding on yet another goal mid-quarter will only stress you out. Also, by accomplishing a goal, some of that energy can be transferred to another goal on the list.
Step 4: Get visual
Set quarterly goals by writing them down in a journal, notebook, or get really crafty and create a big poster board with all goals categorized and in lots of bright colors. Cross them off of the list as you accomplish each one. By visually seeing all goals and crossing them off as they are attained, you’ll be able to create more motivation as the weeks go along, and your momentum will be less likely to falter. When I put goals on my poster board, I use colorful post it notes for each goal. Then, once they are accomplished, I take the note down. For me, It helps to see the goals “disappearing” as I accomplish them. Since I am an uber-visual learner, I not only place my goals on a poster board, but I’ve recently announced them in a video.