In my blogging group, we have a monthly accountability thread where we list some of their blogging goals for the month. Some of the member’s goals were to increase how much they wrote on their blogs and to gain more followers on various social media platforms. One of my goals is to continue increasing the page views here, and at Seasonal Family Fun, because although I’ve been blogging for a decade (crazy that it’s been that long), these two blogs are new. My other goal is to downsize my domains and websites because I have several that can be deleted or condensed into other sites.
I bought the journal in the photo above, at a second hand book store a few years ago. I loved that it was spiral bound and had pretty drawings with much needed reminders throughout the book, like this one.
I’ll share how I set my journal up in another post, but for now I want to focus on one of the sections, which is for my current goals.
One of the keys to accomplishing goals is to write them down. The other is to have accountability. Tweet this
Writing your goals out is the first step in actually achieving them. The first page in my goal section is ‘Goals For This Month’ and at the end of the month, I write out 7-8 goals for the following month, each one on a small post-it note. Sometimes they carry over from the previous month and sometimes they’re new goals.
Then, I give each goal it’s own page. On that page I start by writing what will happen when that goal is accomplished. For example, on my page for increasing my page views I wrote that I would be able to attract high paying sponsors like I have at some of my other blogs. Next, I write down how that will make me feel and I wrote that it would make me feel more successful.
I think that writing this out is super important for two reasons; to help me remember why this goal is important on days when I lack motivation, and the other reason is by connecting to the feeling of actually accomplishing the goal brings it more into my reality.
After that I write 5-6 steps I can take to reach that goal, each one on a separate post-it note. For my goal of increasing page views, I wrote down steps like finding a new related posts plug in, participating in link ups on other blogs and writing more consistently. Then on any given day, I can look at these and choose 1-2 steps towards achieving my goal. This help to break it down into manageable, bite-size pieces and helps me not feel overwhelmed.
I’m a big believe is writing stuff down….like with actual pen and paper and this is especially true for my goals. Putting pen to paper makes it more real for me in a way that doing it on my laptop can not.
I hope this was helpful and I will share more on goal setting in future posts. I’ll also write a post on my journal and how I use it.