Goal Making Success Through Weekly Goals & a Link-Up

I’m very pleased to welcome my dear bloggy friend Deanna of From This Kitchen Table, for February’s guest post in the series “Finishing with Success in 2014.”

Goals making success through weekly goals

Goals. The beginning of every year many people take the time to evaluate the last 12 months and plan for the next 12. Each individual has their own way to go about this.

I see goals as being a road map. A plan to get where you want. It’s okay to make changes and adapt along the way, but they give you a running start. If I’m going on vacation, I don’t get in the car and start driving. Instead I have a destination, budget, timeline, and plans for when I arrive.

My goals are my destination, where I want to be at the end of the year. They give me something to look toward and strive for. They give me direction.

365 days can seem like a long time and it may be easy to lose focus.

Making weekly goals is one way I’ve found to help.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain

This helps keep things in bite size chunks and present in my day to day life. Reading 4 chapters of a book seems much more doable than reading 25 books. Having a budget meeting and paying off $100 extra on the mortgage is achievable. Sometimes paying off thousands of dollars seems impossible.

How does this work?

Weekly Planning

Pull out your calendar

Each weekend sit down and look over what’s going on the upcoming week. Make sure you know if you husband has a work trip or if your kids have appointments. Then you can see how crazy things are going to be or if there’s going to be extra time to tackle a project.

Have your yearly goals available

Be sure you know what your goals for the year are (the destination you want to arrive at in a set period of time). It’s easy to file them away after writing them at the beginning of January and lose your momentum. Reminding yourself of the specifics of your goals on a regular basis is more likely to keep you going.

Decide your goals for the week

Not all of these weekly goals will correlate to one of the yearly goals, and that’s okay. This week only 2 of my 5 are for a yearly goal. Over the course of 52 weeks you’ll be able to tackle different parts of all your goals.

Be Accountable

There’s nothing like putting ourselves out there to make sure we get something done. If I know a friend is going to ask me how my running went, I’m much more likely to put on my running shoes and head out the door. In January we see everyone listing their yearly goals (me included), but what about after that?

You might consider some of these ideas:

  • Post 3-5 of your weekly goals on Facebook or Instagram
  • Post your weekly goals on your blog
  • Ask a friend or sister to keep you accountable – text or e-mail her your goals at the beginning of the week and she can check up on you.
  • Place your weekly goals on a big piece of paper or whiteboard in an obvious place in your home where your family will see it.

Lewis Carroll said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else.”

I encourage you to take your goals and sit down with them this week and make a plan so that 7 days from now you’ll be a step closer to your destination.

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Deanna Michaels is a wife and mom of two attempting to balance frugality, (semi) natural living, lack of time and sleep all while trying to follow what the Lord wants for her life. She is a lover of dark chocolate, BBC mini series, good books, and spending weekends at home. She blogs at From this Kitchen Table all things you would discuss sitting around the table. You can also connect with her on Facebook or Pinterest.

And now on to the link-up!

Finish with Success in 2014 (1)

Our Co-Hosts are . . . 

1. Be sure to stop by & visit.

Caroline @ Anchored in His Grace

Morgan @ Morganize with Me

Keri @ Growing in His Glory

2. Grab the button below & place it anywhere on your site.

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3. Link up any goal-related posts you want.

4. Visit at least one other post & encourage your fellow bloggers as they pursue their goals. 

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Comments

  1. Love that quoted from Lewis Carroll. It’s absolutely true. These are great tips, Deanna!
    Jillian recently posted…The Road to Financial Freedom Part 2My Profile

  2. Thank you for the invite 🙂
    I tweeted, pinned and posted to google+ hoping to spread the word about your link up!!!!
    Debbie @ Heartbeats Soul Stains recently posted…Organized Chaos Cash Giveaway!My Profile

  3. Just stopping by from Sits to say “Hi” !
    Kim@womaninthemid.com recently posted…Oh Hearts of Mine!My Profile

  4. “…but what about after that (January)?” Great question to get things going. It’s amazing what accountability will do for you. I once had a friend that would txt me every time she did her 10 push-ups or something, as soon as I’d get the txt I was on the floor doing push-ups. Ha! There’s something special about someone else knowing what you’re doing. Thanks for sharing with us! 🙂
    Caroline recently posted…One Word + Link-Up!My Profile

  5. Waht a great group of posts and link up idea! Wow!
    Dawn Paoletta (@breathoffaith) recently posted…When You Long for Sunshine DaysMy Profile

  6. Love the quotes… I agree step by step planning brings more success.

    Is this a productivity niche… I didn’t know there was one. Nice seeing all the great posts.
    Aysh recently posted…Half a Cup of TeaMy Profile

  7. Such great practical suggestions here. I need to get better at making goals and sticking with them. I’m quite an organised person but my work is often erratic and led by moods rather than goals. Thanks for your guidance and tips here.
    Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings, Mel from Essential Thing Devotions.
    Mel Caldicott recently posted…How the Bible Can Give You a More Than LifeMy Profile

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