The Keys To Achieving Your Goals

Another year and another set of resolutions. If you’re like most people, you’ll probably forget your goals by mid-February. So how do you make your resolutions actually happen this year?

First, keep in mind that goals are dreams; but don’t stop at just dreaming. Turn your dreams into bite-sized pieces that will gradually create a big event in your life. If you’re waiting on an outside variable to change your life, you have a long wait. You have to do something. It’s your responsibility to fix your life, not someone else’s. It’s time to sit down, make some goals, and take control.

Goal setting is how you win. Once you’ve made your resolutions, they will drive you forward. The goals will motivate you to seek activities that will help you succeed. It’s not always fun, but those exercises bring you closer to your goal and make you a winner.

If you want to actually achieve your goals this year, then consider the following:


  1. Be specific.
    When setting goals, be specific in what you want to achieve. Vagueness will only cause you to feel overwhelmed, and you will just give up.
  2. Make your goals measurable.
    In order to know if you achieved the goal, it must be measurable. For example, if you want to lose weight, don’t simply write down “lose weight” as a goal. How much weight do you want to lose? Or don’t just write “spend more time with family.” How much time do you want to spend with your family every night?
  3. Are they your goals?
    Only you can set your own goals. If your spouse, co-worker or friend sets a goal for you, you’re not going to achieve it. Taking ownership will give you more incentive to meet your goal.
  4. Set a time limit.
    Setting a time frame will help you set realistic goals. For example, if you want to save more money, list how much money a month you want to put into your savings account.
  5. Put them in writing.
    Putting your goals in writing will make you much more likely to achieve them. Write down your goals and review them often. This will give you motivation to make them a reality.

This is the process to succeed. Successful people reassess their lives and then start living intentionally, in writing, on paper, on purpose. Make your resolutions a reality in this year!

Organize Your Holiday Schedule

The holiday season is almost here, ready or not. This is one of those times of the year when you could really use a personal assistant to keep track of events and get things done. Cozi is a free app and website that helps you manage your busy family calendar. Spend a few minutes putting must-do activities and family traditions on your Cozi calendar. Then, you’ll get a view of what’s going on each week with Cozi’s weekly email agenda. Plus it keeps track of everything from school schedules to sports activities, meals, grocery lists, and chores, all in one place. You can stay on top of family life from anywhere; your Cozi account is accessible from any computer, and the mobile app is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and on Android devices. Managing your family calendar online with Cozi will help keep your family organized and on the same page. Here are a few more ideas for how Cozi keeps you on top of it all year:

  • Create shopping lists in Cozi so you are always prepared and stay on budget
  • Put your meal plan on the calendar
  • Start a family “to do” list
  • Create checklists or chore charts and assign to family members
  • Schedule family nights on the calendar
  • Set up reminders for appointments that go to mail or mobile phone for peace of mind that you won’t forget
  • Get your weekly agenda emailed to anyone in the family for a view of what’s coming up each week

Use Cozi lists to keep track of gift ideas for family, friends and special people in your life. Saving the lists online with Cozi a great way to make sure you don’t forget the perfect gift idea you had for Grandma, and even better, you can access the lists whenever you find yourself out and about.  Learn more about Cozi here.

Slow down to get more done.

It is amazing to me how fast time flies, seems like I can blink and another week has come and gone.  With all the activities/events/meetings we are involved in it is no wonder why everyone feels exhausted all the time.  Do you ever feel like you have worked your butt off all day and at the end of it you don’t feel like you accomplished anything?  Have you made an important phone call to only forget to ask that imperative question?   That might be a sign that you are working too fast and not utilizing your valuable time.  Believe it or not, you can get more tasks done by slowing down than speeding through your work.  If you would have spent a little time preparing for that busy day or important phone call you would have used the time you spent more efficiently but instead it cost you more time in the long run.

So how do you effectively slow down so you can speed up? There are two critical steps:

1. Identify what is working. . . and do more of that.
2. Identify what is not working. . . and change it.

So now you are thinking about how you spend your time and you need to know how to identify what is working and what is not.  This might sound a little juvenile but for a week or so write down how you spend your time, when you take breaks and lunches, and even time how long it takes you to complete a single task.  If you cannot determine what is not working in your routine then you can never fix the problem.  This is not about making judgments of what is “right” and what is “wrong.” It’s about seeing what moves me toward where I want to be and what is keeping me stuck. Acknowledgement of this awareness is an excellent first step in moving forward. When you notice the details of how you currently perform various tasks, you can then consciously choose to change those methods, allowing you to “speed up” over time. This results in more opportunities at the end of the day for additional work, planning, or even play.

A great way to get more tasks done during the day is by single tasking.  Gasp. That is right I said to single task.  For so long everyone has put a heavy emphasis on multitasking and I don’t always think this is the best solution.  If you have a to-do list take one task start it and do not move on to another assignment until it is complete.  To help keep you on track put a blank piece of paper next to you and whenever you have a thought pop into your head, take one second to write it down, but then go back to the job at hand.

Objectively look at your habits, your ideas, and your existing and desired skills so you can get better and go faster. Take the time now to slow down. . . to re-dedicate your focus, so you can move in a positive direction and hold your pace. Change is rarely easy but often critical to move us where we want to go.

So commit to yourself to slow down right now, by taking an inventory of what is working and what is holding you back. Once you’ve identified the things you want to change you can start changing those . . . ultimately helping you speed up.