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I am so glad today to have a guest post from a Jill Wilson from Called To Be A Mom. We often chat and meet in some social media. Although our time zone is separated far away, we can communicate well. She also has spent a lot of time building up our Pintastic Pinteresting Party. There is always the right time to meet her. She also chooses a brilliant topic for this posting which is related to goal setting tips. Please read more information about her at the end of this posting and visit her blog sometimes. Enjoy this fabulous goal setting tips from Jill Wilson…
So many mothers struggle with making goals and sticking to them. They can be overwhelming when you first start making them! All too often we are stuck in a rut and don't know how to change our process or way of thinking. We have frustrating moments and want a change, but just don't know how to make that change!
Don't worry! You are not alone. You are not the only mother who struggles with the thought that making goals is daunting.
Setting SMART Goals
Now on the flip side, (of course I had to add that) once you make goals you are a lot more productive. While I was in business school we learned in just about every subject we studied, WRITE DOWN GOALS. There is something to writing them down that makes you more successful! I personally love going back to my written goals and seeing what I have accomplished since writing them. Sometimes I fail, but I am able to re-write the goals for the current situation(s). This has enabled me to be more productive in my personal and professional life. Don't you want to be productive as well? I personally love writing down ideas that I'm brainstorming as well. I am huge into having notebooks for different parts of my life. I have notebooks for blogging, motherhood and things around the house. My husband has his goals and ideas written down too. My one problem I do have is remember where the notebooks are, as I currently have a baby and toddler who seem to love helping me move them around, more than I want! I have to share with you a little goal writing I did in the middle of chaos. Frustration of Disorganization shows you real life, when things don't go the way you want them and still making the best of it. Sometimes the idea of meeting your goals means that you will have to re-do parts of your life that takes too much time. I have an energy boost and over 40 slow cooker recipes that you must read! Both give you a bit of energy and time saving advice. Click here. Maybe your goal is to become a Stay-At-Home or Work-At-Home mother. I have a great book I just finished called One Income Mystery. This book goes into detail about making your own goals and also how you can live on a single income. It can be done! Yes, it takes hard work but you will be able to focus on doing the most important job of your lifetime! I am going to go through an example of a goal I personally have for this upcoming year.
I want to be making a living blogging and other methods on the internet. This is where you put your goal that you want to achieve. Tell enough and brainstorm ideas throughout this process.
By Making $3,000 per month How can you measure this goal? In my example, I will be able to follow the goal by the amount of money I want to make.
Have multiple streams of income. Learn new ways to making blogging and other methods of internet work pay the bills. Can you actually make this happen? You want to be able to achieve this goal Make it a stretch so there is something challenging you but don't put it completely out of your reach.
This will be the next step to meeting my dream of owning my own business. Do I need this goal? Make your goal matter to you. It has to be relevant. You need to “need” the goal or you won't achieve the goal.
by June 2014.
[box] My Goal: I will make $3,000 a month by blogging and other methods on the internet by June 2014.
A. I will study at least two days a week then apply what I learn right away.
B. I will utilize more than one source of writing to make more sources of incomes.
C. I need to work on my second book.
D. I need to promote my first book. (As you see even in this writing I told you the reader about this book).
E. Each month I will review methods of income and see if they are worth continuing or to discontinue.
F. I will write better content as I read more about writing content, SEO, and other sources that help me build my brand.[/box]
As you see there are many layers to this goal. There are many projects that I personally will be working on to continue my own growth process. You will also need to have layers to your goal. You can brainstorm and fight obstacles as you think of them. This works well. I have been using this method for years. I use this professionally and personally for goal setting. I know it may seem tedious to write down the goals, but it actually makes you more productive. Goals are what keeps us on track when we are in a fog. They help us keep motivated when we are tired. Your homework assignment….Go make some goals, follow this template and see how it makes your life simpler!