As I get ready to fill out the prepwork in my 2019 workbook, I'm taking a quick glance back at my previous workbooks. It's amazing how much better I've gotten at keeping up with my Powersheets, just look at January 2017 (left) vs. January 2018 (right)...
For those of you that are new to Powersheets and goal setting, keeping up with your Tending List can feel a bit daunting. Below are a few things that I do when choosing goals each month to set myself up for success:
Set realistic monthly goals
When looking back at my tending lists from my early days of using Powersheets, most of the monthly goals I didn’t achieve had one thing in common: they weren’t realistic given the timeframe. There was no way I was going to be able to “Launch a New Website” or “Declutter the Entire House” in just 30 days. Sure, maybe if I devoted all my time and energy into just one of those two goals, I could pull it off...but the point of Powersheets is to make little by little progress in all areas each month. I’ve found I am more successful setting specific, manageable goals that bring me closer to the large goal, such as “Finalize Homepage Design” or “Declutter the Office”.
Use the weekly section to create routines
The days can tend to blur together when working from home, which is why I like to make each day of the week distinctive. For example, on Tuesdays I write blog entries and schedule social media posts, while Wednesdays are finance days where I update the budget, send invoices, and file taxes. By giving each day of the week a set category of tasks, I’m able to work more efficiently by batching similar todos and take the guesswork out of scheduling my day-to-day. I use the weekly portion of my Tending List to design my week and track how well I am sticking to the routine.
Include at least one easy daily goal
I receive a strange sense of accomplishment from checking even the most simple things off my todo list, I’ll admit I’ve been guilty of adding an item I’ve already completed just for the satisfaction of checking it off. Each month, I like to include at least one daily item on my Tending List that can be done in five minutes or less, such as “make the bed” or “write the word”. This allows me to build momentum for the day, and feel accomplished before even entering my office!
There are so many effective ways to approach goal setting, and Powersheets are an amazing and versatile tool for setting and achieving intentional goals, regardless of your process. If you are just getting started with Powersheets, be encouraged that tracking your progress will become a habit, and give yourself grace when you forget to keep up with it from time to time!
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