You see them everywhere. Especially right around November to February.
I’m talking about goal setting programs.
And maybe you have your own system on goal planning, too.
But, do you have a system to make sure you’re working on the right goals? Or do you get distracted in the middle of the year and forget what was your goal in the first place? By the end of the year, you start a new list of goals again.
The cycle never ends.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
You can be deliberate in your daily tasks knowing each task you tick off from your to-do list is getting you closer to your goals.
Goodbye, busyness. Hello, productive!
In this post I’ll help you make that happen.
But before I show you how, be sure to read my post about how to set the right goals. It’s important that you know this so that it will be easier to plan them out.
When you’re done, go back to this post.
Done? Okay, let’s proceed.
The system I’m going to show you isn’t something new. But it’s something not that popular, too. And I wish it was! Because it works!
It’s called the 90-day goal setting plan. 90-day goal setting, as the title suggests, means you set goals for the next 90 days. You focus on working on these goals alone. And then after 90 days, you review and make another set of goals for the next 90 days.
It’s exciting because of the short deadline. But also, it beats procrastination for the same reason.
So, let’s begin.
This blog post is long. You can download a pdf copy below so you can read this post anytime even if you’re not online.
Step 1. Write down the different areas of your life
Grab your pen and paper and write down the following:
You can add more areas if you like. You can also split Career and Business. But try to limit the areas for a maximum of seven.
Step 2. Rate each area
Rate yourself between 1-10, 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. But you’re not rating yourself based on your performance, you’re rating yourself based on the ways you want to improve.
For example, if you have a great marriage but want to improve in some ways as husband and wife, then rate yourself a little lower.
This tells you that you have something in this area you want to improve. Doesn’t mean that your marriage is in a bad shape.
Do the same thing with the other areas.
For example, if you have some debts you want to pay, or want to get your finances in shape, rate your finances a little lower.
Or, if you want to start a new business, or find more clients, rate yourself a little lower.
Just remember that the score you give is the number you want to improve. So, 10 if it’s already doing good and you want to maintain that. If you want to add one or two more clients, then maybe rate yourself with 8. This way this gives you a signal that you’re already doing great, just need some improvements.
So, if you rate yourself with anything below 5, you know that there is a lot you need to improve.
Step 3. Look at your scores
After rating yourself, look at the areas you need the most improvement on. These are the areas that you’re going to spend most of your time with. These are your top priority.
Step 4. Determine your goal for the next 90 days
For the next 90 days, what are your goals based on your scores?
List down one goal for each area.
For example, under the Finances, you can write pay off debt amounting to X. Remember though that you’re doing this for the next 90 days. So if you have a huge debt, don’t try to force it and pay it all off within the next 90 days.
Just give yourself a certain number of amount that you can realistically pay for the next 90 days.
Here’s an example for goals for each area:
Physical – Lose 20 pounds by the end of 3 months
Relationships/Marriage – Go out on a date twice a month
Finances – Save at least 10% of my income per month
Career/Business – Start a blog
Spiritual – Read a Bible verse every day
As you write your goals, here are a few things I want you to remember:
Keep in mind that your time frame is three months or 90 days.
Make sure your goals are doable in a span of three months.
One of the reasons why we don’t achieve our goals is that, we want to change our life drastically within a small amount of time. Every one of us want to be the best versions of ourselves.
But don’t be in a hurry to change everything. Focus on what impactful changes, no matter how small, for the next three months.
Make sure your goals don’t contradict with each other.
Let’s say you plan to start a blog, would you still have time to go on a date with your husband for twice a month?
If yes, then that’s good! But if not, can you figure out ways on how to spend time with your blog without robbing the time you spend with your family?
The point here is, make sure your goals support each other instead of contradicting.
Another example, if you want to go out on a date twice a month but want to save 10% of your income, make sure there are ways you can go out on a date without hurting that 10%.
Step 5. Assign goals or projects for Month 1, Month 2, and Month 3
So, now that you know what your goals are for each area, assign a monthly goal over the next three months that will help you achieve that main goal.
Here’s an example:
Goal setting is exciting, and you’ll be tempted to add more goals. Grab a notebook and create a to-do-later list.
Here’s a post I wrote on how to use your notebooks for better productivity.
A to-do-later list, as the name suggests, is the place where you write down the things you’ll have to do later. You can only do so much within the 90-day period. Don’t try to cram everything during these 90 days!
With a To-Do Later list, it allows you to release that mental energy of having to remember things. So that you can focus on your current goals.
Step 6. Write down your tasks
Now, for the fun part.
List down ALL the tasks you need to do for all your monthly goals. This is going to be a long list.
Keep this list on a safe place. Write it on your notebook or on your planner if it has space for it.
Now, after writing all your tasks, pick the ones you can do over the next three days. And then write or copy these on your daily planner.
The reason I’m asking you to just focus on the next three days is that, I don’t want you to fill your planner with all the tasks you listed.
There is so much that can happen in a day and as a work at home mom, you know there’s a lot of unexpected things that can happen! So don’t fill your daily planner for three months of tasks.
For now, pick the first tasks you can do over the next three days. And limit it to five tasks per day.
Consider some factors, too like your daily routine, lifestyle, etc.
For example, Mondays for me are usually busy, so I don’t schedule going out to run errands during this day.
The Kanban Board
For me, I use a Kanban board to keep track of my tasks.
Each note in my Kanban board is a task. These tasks are the ones I’ve listed on Step #5.
All of these tasks are to be done for the a 90-day period.
I pick a task from the board and write it on my planner as a to-do on my planner the next day. I usually assign tasks for the next two or three days only.
Also, remember that score you had on Step #3? Make sure you give enough time for your top priority goals.
Step 7: Review
At the end of the day, tick off the tasks you were able to do, and mark those you were not able to. Also, write down the tasks that wasn’t on your schedule but you still were able to do.
And then create a to-do list for the next day based on your weekly goals. Since you already listed these on your Kanban board, just pick what tasks you can do the next day.
At the end of the week, review your performance. Do a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly review.
Here are a few things you need to remember when doing a review:
1. Keep an eye on certain tasks that you keep procrastinating on.
Are there limiting beliefs or essential pain you’re trying to avoid that’s why you’re procrastinating? If your answer is yes, then work out this problem first.
2. Remember that this review is for you to assess your performance.
Not so you can judge yourself when you’re not on track.
3. Setting a goal is easy, achieving it requires a lot of hard work and experimentation.
If you notice yourself that you’re not progressing, it doesn’t mean you’re lazy.
You also need to experiment a lot. That’s why I love the 90-day planning. I know I keep saying this but 90 days is long enough for you to take action and short enough to pivot if you need to.
If something isn’t working, try to change it. But before you change it, give yourself a few weeks to try it.
For example, if one of your goals is to wake up at 5 am, don’t give yourself three days and then throw in the towel and say, “It’s not for me!”
Give yourself enough time to work on it.
4. You’re not a failure but a work in progress.
Never ever think that you’re a failure.
5. Some goals are worth letting go of, some are worth fighting for.
The key is figuring out which ones to let go and which ones to fight for. But you’re the only person who can figure this out. I’m afraid I can’t tell you what to give up and what not to. Give yourself time to reflect on this. This is also the reason why I want you to set the right goals.
Sometimes you can figure this out by reflecting on it. Sometimes it takes trial and error. After all, life is a journey.
6. Review your top priorities.
Are you able to accomplish your tasks for your priority goals on time? Do you need to exert more time and effort in doing your tasks?
So that’s how to plan your goals for the next 90 days. If you’ve come this far, I’ve got some bonus brownies for you. 🙂
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Using the Kanban Method you will:
- Keep yourself accountable for your goals
- Keep track of your tasks without feeling overwhelmed
- Get the right things done
- Overcome frustration and mom guilt
- Achieve your goals