A Guide to Setting Goals

Hey y’all! Right now is the perfect time to be productive and get organised! I recently shared a post on things to do to keep productive and organised at the moment (I’ve put the link here!). So as an add on from that post, today’s post is all about setting goals. Full disclaimer this is how I set my goals and what has worked for me, but there are a lot of different ways to do it out there so if this isn’t helpful to you I encourage you to keep looking. Hope you enjoy this post.

Step 1

Step 1 is Brainstorm. Personally I love physically writing my goals and thoughts down. I highly recommend writing your goals down by hand as it helps get them out of your head. It could be as simple as getting a piece of paper and jot down anything that you want to achieve. However big or unspecific your goal is write it down. You may want to set a 5 minute timer just to create a sense of urgency, which often helps you focus your mind. Set a timeframe for your goals and write down all your thoughts on anything you want to achieve by that time. It is ideal that you write as many as possible from a range of aspects in your life. Remember a brainstorm is supposed to be vague. We will evaluate throughout the process. When brainstorming think about more words and phrases rather that sentences.

Step 2

Step 2 is building off step 1 and it is to break your goals down. Get into the more specific details of what it is you want. Don’t make them to specific though as we will break them down further again later. At this stage you mainly want to focus on breaking down your larger goal. For example if your general goal was to lose weight you could break it down to “By this time next year I want to have lost _____ amount of weight”. Be specific. “I want to have completed ____ kilometres/or miles of a marathon”. If you have a more specific goal it is easier to track and recognise once you’ve achieved it. When you have larger goals it sometimes feels like you will never finish, which can make you doubt if you have done enough and may make you want to give up on your goal or just forget about it in general.

Step 3

Step 3 is to ask yourself Why. Why do you want it? Whatever you’re goal is there must be a reason you want it. Do you want to run a marathon for the health benefits or for the self confidence and knowing that you can do it. Acknowledging why you want something helps to keep you motivated on your journey to achieving it.

Step 4

Step 4 is manifestation. Think about the minor details of what its going to look like once you’ve achieved that goal. Think about where you are when it happens,what you can see, hear and smell. Most of all allow yourself to think about the feeling once you have achieved that goal. Visualise it and allow yourself to dwell on it.

Step 5

Now that you know exactly what your goal is, it is time to start planning it. Back in Step 1 I mentioned keeping your thoughts short and sweet because we were going to evaluate them later. I also mentioned in step 2 not to be too specific because we were going to break them down even further. Well now is the time to do both of those things. Planning your goals is a really important step to achieving them. To start off with try to make smaller goals. Think about something that is reasonable for you at the given time. Baby steps. I’m going to go back to my example of a marathon. You aren’t going to be able to run 42km on your first try. Work your self up to it and over time you will get the results. Think about S.M.A.R.T goals. S.M.A.R.T goals is an acronym and it stands for; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely goals.

When planning your goals think of it like a flow chart. My first goal is to run 1k. My second goal is to run it in under 10 minutes. Keep giving yourself something to work on until you reach that ultimate goal.

Step 6

Step 6 is my favourite. It is to write it all down. But it doesn’t have to be boring. I personally am a very visual person and like to create vision boards. You can physically sit down, print out pictures and stick them onto cardboard or you may just create a Pinterest board. That doesn’t work for everyone though. You may write your goals down in your journal or on a piece of paper. Just get them down.

Step 7

Put them everywhere! If you keep a journal write them down in your journal every night. If you made a vision board hang it up behind your door or some place where you’ll see it. Did you write a list? Stick it on your fridge! If you’re constantly seeing your goals your more likely to remember them and keep motivated to achieve them.

Step 8

Step 8 is to keep track of them. Every month or so give yourself a check in. Where am I in relation to my end goal? What am I working on now? How far away is my goal? What have I achieved? When you religiously check in with yourself you’re also reminding yourself of the goals.

Thank you for reading! I hope this post was informative and helpful for you! Now is a great time to be working towards goals as we have some extra time on our hands. Hoping that you’re safe and well. – Sophie

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Top 5 MUST Read books!

Hey y’all! Welcome back to another one of my posts! Today I’m going to be counting down my top 5 favourite books! I’m a huge bookworm and have spent most of my holidays reading.(Not like I can do much else!) So I thought I’d share with you my favourites! Please note that all of these decisions are my own and genuine opinion.

Kenzies Rules For Life

Coming in at number 5 is Kenzies Rules For Life by Mackenzie Ziegler. Dancer, singer, actress and model Mackenzie Ziegler has added Author to her list of titles, and I’ve gotta say I’m glad she did! This book has everything from DIY’s to talking about her own insecurities. It’s massively inspirational!You won’t be bored! Her sunny attitude literally is transmitted through the page ( Is that possible?) it doesn’t matter. This book will keep you engaged from cover to cover as well as giving you fun ideas to do afterwards! It left me jumping up and down ready to take on the world! This biography even had a workout in it! It has everything you need (inspiration, workouts,recommendations) to make you feel like a #Girlboss 😂!

Harry Potter

Placing at number 4 is JK Rowling’s classic. The Harry Potter series. Ranging from The Philosphers Stone – The Deathly Hallows these books enchant both adults and children alike. It’s a whole multi generational fandom! The wizarding world of the boy who lived is guaranteed to add a little magic to your muggle life. Each page is filled with spells, charms, friendship and action. In my opinion these books definitely live up to their name. I found as the books progressed I just needed the next ones more and more! I also caught myself daydreaming about being whisked away to Hogwarts School of Witch craft and Wizardry when my muggle life seemed a bit glum. You can count on these books to take you on a magical journey far far away! I’ll think that you’ll find that wizards and muggles alike will enjoy the Harry Potter Series.

Matched

The Matched trilogy (Matched,Crossed,Reached) By Ally Condie is a dystopian love story. Like Hunger Games it’s about a world divided into ranks, forced to give up freedom and not getting to choose who they love. Thats until Cassia falls in love with someone whom she hasn’t been paired with. That’s not the only problem this boy (Ky) is an aberration and is sent to die in a world outside the society. The three books document Cassia and Ky’s hard journey. It is a story not only about love but about fighting for a better world. In the story Cassia has to leave her family to join the rising and take down the society. She becomes what’s known as a rebel and secretly works against the society. This page turner is beautifully written and touches your heart. The series is an amazing story for fighting for what you want and standing up for what’s right even if it comes with sacrifice.

Percy Jackson and The Olympians

Based of Greek mythology this 5 book series ranging from The Lightning Thief – The Last Olympian is vastly entertaining! I have to admit when I first got the books I was a bit sceptical, kind of like Percy until he reached Camp Half – Blood. So just hang in there. English teacher Rick Riordan has really excelled with this series. From the moment we walked into Camp Half – Blood to the Next Great Prophecy I was hooked! On all the myths, magic, cute Percy and Annabeth moments, the Di angelos sibling love or Grovers nature patrolling I just couldn’t put the books down! Each book was just as exciting as the last. I still remember when Percy met Luke and I was like awww he made a friend and by the end of the book I was screaming die Luke die 😂😂! The books are a recount of Percy’ adventures from fighting a Minotaur, visiting the underworld, descending into the labyrinth, fighting Kronos and trying to figure out girls 😂 Percy has many adventures none of them you want to miss!

The Heroes of Olympus

Coming in at No.1 is my favourite book series The Heroes of Olympus. The series is five books long ranging from The Lost Hero – The Blood Of Olympus the series is an add on to hit series Percy Jackson and The Olympians. Join friends new and old on a series of quests and a final voyage to carry out the Prophecy of The Seven and defeat the earth goddess herself Gaea and the awakening giants and there forces. Old enemies combine forces in this action packed thriller! The best part? Is that Percy and Annabeth are back and better than ever! New faces Piper, Jason, Leo, Hazel and Frank are all loveable characters with there own backstories that intertwine with the rising war. Whether your a returning Percy Jackson Fan or a new reader your going to love this series. The Heroes of Olympus is an amazing series by author Rick Riordan. This series tops my list for the amazing storytelling and the characters who save our world once again.

Thanks for sticking around til the end. I hope I was able to inspire some new reading ideas whilst we’re all locked away😂! Hope you enjoyed your read. If you have book suggestions I’m always open for new ones! Thanks for reading have a great day!