Goal Setting
Five Goal-Setting Steps to a New and Improved You
Well hello there, long lost goal… where did we leave off? For many of us, the new year is a time to make resolutions and set new goals. But it’s not just about setting goals—the tricky part is achieving them, too. Whether your goal is to get that promotion at work, further your education or even lose those tough ten pounds, keep in mind that even the smallest steps forward will get you closer to success. Don’t make your goal a stranger—here are five tips to help you accomplish what you set out to do.

1) Start with a clear direction

You’ve set your goal, now how will you get there? Your best-laid plans should include a specific outline of steps you’ll need to take. Make sure you know exactly what you need to do to accomplish each step and set a deadline of how long it should take for you to finish it before moving on to the next step. An Avery® Mini Comfort Touch Binder is a great tool for keeping your goal-setting plans together in one place. The durable binder is designed with a reinforced spine for long-lasting use. Plus, the spine is embossed and comfortable to grip—a definite plus when you reach for your “guidebook” again and again.

2) Plot your progress

Now that you’ve got a sturdy place to hold your plan of action, it’s time to put it all in order. Organize your steps with customized dividers you can create with Avery® Mini Index Maker® Clear Label Dividers and our free online software, Avery® Design & Print Online. You might consider creating tabs by task or due date, or using colors to designate the level of difficulty so you can see at a glance what’s in store for you along the way.

3) Streamline for efficiency

Have you ever found an interesting nugget of information in an article, or received a message from a friend that seemed relevant to your task? Save it inside binder pockets or sheet protectors for easy reference.

4) Stay focused with colorful reminders

One of the biggest challenges you may face along the way is staying on track. When you’re on a steady pace toward reaching your goal, sometimes the little (but still important) things may fall by the wayside. Create reminders with color coding labels and place them in your planner so you never forget a thing—whether it’s to book an appointment, sign up for a class or schedule a meeting.

5) Reinforce your purpose

All work, and no play… you know how the saying goes. But if everything in life were easy, it wouldn’t be worth the effort. When you need to get inspired, turn to these motivational cards. On one side is an inspirational quote; customize the other side by adding an incentive or reward, then print on Avery® Clean Edge® Business Cards. For example, a card might read, “Take the afternoon off,” or “Treat yourself to a movie today.” Shuffle, then select a card when you reach key mileposts toward your goal—such as when you reach the halfway point of a difficult class, or after you submit a key work project in on time.

Are you ready to unlock your potential and reach your goal? It’ll take persistence, effort and drive, but with these simple steps, you’ll be on your way to turning your vision into a reality. And as a bonus, you’ll also get bragging rights as someone who actually kept their New Year’s resolution and reached their goal!