Last blog article explored living with purpose and hope. We began developing a 1-Page Goals Sheet – Step 1. This Goals Sheet is an individualized, custom-designed plan to organize and manage your life effectively with simple action steps. We explored specific processes and began to construct your Goals Sheet. Today, we will finish your 1-Page Goals Sheet. You are very close to being done with a great plan and action steps that are easy to implement.
Let’s Finish Your 1-Page Goals Sheet
If you need to refresh your memory, or if this blog is your first exposure, please refer to Step 1. Then circle back to this article for Step 2. Remember: your 1-Page Goals Sheet is a summary tool of a vibrant, flexible, yet strong resolved plan to successful daily living.
Please don’t be discouraged. Pray through these steps. God will help. You are taking back the management of your life, and this 1-Page goals sheet will help.
Also, be patient going through these steps. They may seem complicated since the tool development is laid out in detail to help you build your own plan and tool. Yet, it’s easy to navigate.
If you commit to use this tool, you can build stronger definition and more effective management into your daily life. And you will see a simple, practical plan you can carry out. Your new 1-Page document will launch you into more freedom as you re-claim your life.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Step 1 dealt with your present condition, establishing basics, and developing a framework. Step 2, will develop action steps to achieve what you aim for. Goals and objectives are invaluable in developing action steps because they:
- Establish a direction and pathway.
- Identify parameters to help you stay on course.
- Assess progress.
- Help you accomplish results as you aim higher.
- Give reasonable, measurable steps to help you succeed.
- Can be tweaked (they are flexible).
Although both help you manage your life, goals are different from objectives. Let’s look closer at each to see the difference.
- Are specific things you want to accomplish.
- Indicate where you want to be in the future.
- Reveal changes you want to make.
- Identify improvements to work on.
- Cement realities you are committed to reach for.
- Lay out the path you will travel to get to your goal.
- Are specific, reasonable, measurable parameters with a time limit.
- Develop daily, weekly, monthly intentional actions that propel you toward your goal.
- Follow a logical order of progression.
- Are well-thought ideas you use one stroke at a time.
- You will never get to your goal if you do not set good objectives.
Goals and objectives are developed with thought and prayer. They do not need to be perfect. Rather, they need to breathe. Your Goals Sheet is a vibrant, constantly developing tool that must flex with your life through the year. I have never ended with the same 1-Page Goals Sheet in December that I started with in January! Don’t be afraid to change things as you learn and grow. However, without goals and objectives, you leave positive change in the hands of chance.
Let’s Pick Up From Step 1
In Step 1, you developed a short list. I told you it goes on the Goals Sheet but further down, and I asked you to wait before including it. This is where you will begin to use your short list. In fact, your short list will become your goals. From this point on, we will refer to the items on your short list as your goals.
To refresh your memory, here is the example we used in Step 1 to illustrate what you are aiming for. (SHORT LIST, NOW REFERRED TO AS YOUR GOALS)
If you have not already done so, please enter your short list onto your downloadable blank worksheet from Step 1. (Again, if you are seeing this blog before last week’s blog, please refer to Step 1 to get links, action steps, and downloadable forms.)
Refine and Develop Your Goals
Now you are ready to refine and develop your goals. Let’s talk about key elements of your daily life. Key elements include areas you manage – things you are responsible for. What balls do you need to keep in the air? What do you need to address each day? What are you interested in and want to explore?
To prioritize, you may need to eliminate some current key elements to make room for better key elements. Take a look at this example work sheet on Key Elements. (KEY ELEMENTS)
Now that you’ve seen an example, download the Step 2 worksheet and enter your own life key elements. (Download, save first, then interact with and fill in the form, then save again to prevent losing your work.)
Now, after completing your selection of key elements, we will move forward to begin the process of integrating those key elements into your goals. Keep in mind that most people’s lives don’t fit nicely into formulas – like a math equation. Don’t be concerned if your worksheet doesn’t look as “neat and simple” as the example. It just gives you ideas. Slip things in and move them around until they seem to fit best – and until it feels comfortable to you. You might even choose to add things that are not on any list yet. That’s OK. Make this 1-Page tool work for your needs. Let it be a flexible powerhouse to help you lay out your plan.
Now, click to view an example of this step. (KEY ELEMENTS Integrated Into GOALS)
You’ve seen the example. Now use your Step 2 downloadable worksheet to integrate your key elements into your goals. Follow the above example and remember – some things will not pair up exactly. That’s OK. This is a process of bringing your goals and your daily elements together in a practical manner. It’s not a puzzle so much as a creation. Again, you have freedom to add things not on either list. And you can eliminate something that doesn’t seem applicable. Remember: this is a work in progress to help you organize your life. This tool needs to be as flexible as you need it to be. So adjust it to suit your unique approach and needs.
Once you have goals and key elements paired up, adjusted, added to, perhaps some elements eliminated – it’s time to prayerfully assign objectives to each key element. Remember: objectives help you get to your goal, so custom-design them. They give necessary steps to get where you want to go even as they develop your goal. Ask questions to help you determine how to go after a goal. Then answer the questions. Your answers should be practical, clear, and actionable.
To prime your pump, click on the example worksheet. (APPLYING OBJECTIVES to GOALS by DEVELOPING KEY ELEMENTS)
Your Turn Again
You are now ready to go to your downloadable Step 2 worksheet and add objectives. Define the how, when, where kinds of elements needed to bring your goals and key elements into reality. Ask questions. Then answer them. Be very specific. You can always tweek things as they progress.
When you have finished assigning objectives to each key element on your worksheet, transfer your goals, key elements, and objectives onto your downloadable Goals Sheet. Be sure to record the “actionable answers” you developed for your questions. Some of the questions you asked will no longer be applicable, so don’t record them.
Personal Growth Section of Your 1-Page Goals Sheet
Before you work on personal growth, here is the unblurred full example of the 1-Page Goals Sheet we’ve been referring to in both Step 1 and Step 2. See what you’ve accomplished and how close you are to finishing your work. Remember, your Goals Sheet will look different than the worksheet examples we have used. Custom-design your Goals Sheet in a way best for you.
And now let’s finish.
This is the final main component to your Goals Sheet. In this section, you can better define special interests, cultivate free time, and further develop relationships. You will be entering your data directly onto your downloadable Goals Sheet for these final steps. Some of these may either “mirror” or duplicate things you already addressed in your previous work. That’s OK. Put things where you want them to go on this tool. Make it work for you.
First thing in this section is to write an encouraging message to yourself. The example worksheet shows how this might look. (PERSONAL MESSAGE)
Now write your own personal message to yourself directly on your downloadable 1-Page Goals Sheet under “D. Personal Growth.” The lines provided are for your message to yourself.
Personal Purpose Bullets
Next, determine short “bullets” that identify your highest personal priorities and deepest convictions. These would be things that best summarize your passions. It helps to start by expressing your passion for God. Here is the example worksheet. (PERSONAL PURPOSE BULLETS)
Now that you’ve seen an example, develop your personal purpose bullet list on your downloadable Goals Sheet. Refine them with thought and prayer. Remember: you may tweak, expand, or change them throughout the year. That’s OK.
A Word About Reading
Reading is particularly effective in developing your inner person. Don’t underestimate this incredible gift from God. Hard copy books and electronic books are available everywhere. If you struggle focusing to read, then try audio books. There are limitless options to hear as you commute to work or take a long trip. Become well-read.
Podcasts are also a wonderful way of expanding your personal knowledge and abilities. In fact, Intentional Living has a great Podcast. Sign up!
Go directly to your downloadable Goals Sheet. Use the chart to fill in books you’d like to read each month. Check off the chart box when you achieve your goal.
Relationships and Fun
Relationships and fun are important elements of your life. Developing these areas makes you a more well-rounded person. The example worksheet shows ideas. (RELATIONSHIPS AND FUN)
Your turn to develop brief guidelines to nurture your key relationships on your downloadable Goals Sheet. Establish at least one activity you can engage to have fun.
Your closing thoughts are simply voicing summary ideas and directives to yourself. You are identifying how you will engage your 1-Page Goals Sheet. Here is an example. (CLOSING THOUGHTS)
Now that you’ve seen an example, develop your own closing thoughts on your downloadable Goals Sheet.
The Tiny Box at the Top of Your Goals Sheet
This little box lets you include any of the following and rotate them through the years of using a Goals Sheet:
- Inspirational Thoughts
- Meaning of your Name
- Encouragements spoken into your life by others, etc.
Use Your Phone or Device to Help You Succeed
Many people find they have better success if they program their phone/device with reminders of their goals. Develop a brief “Focus List” or a brief “Weak Areas” reminder on your phone/device. Set it for 3 – 4 times a day. Every time a reminder goes off, don’t just swipe it away. Diligently go over selected portions of your plan.
If you don’t do this, you leave a lot to chance. Growing takes intentional action.
Build “buy-in” on your developed plan. Be a manager. Cultivate success by carrying out action steps even when you don’t feel like it. You are feeding into your future and your character.
Don’t Give Up!
Using your 1-Page Goals Sheet will show how helpful it is to have so many brief directives on one page. Keep this tool in a plastic sleeve (printed version) and/or in your device for reference. Be resolved to use your Goals Sheet. Don’t give up. Tweak your Goals Sheet through the year to be more effective.
Progress is not always immediately observable. If you remain resolved – progress will begin to show. Even if you fall short of your goals as you carry out your objectives, you will find yourself pleased that you made progress. And you will be managing your life.
Fill this year with Intentional Living.