Creating Your Future: November 2016 Goals

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who go through their existence acting as though life just happens to them. Your life is something you create. Your actions have consequences as does your inaction. That is why I’m taking the initiative to create my future and I want to help you with creating your future too. The key to creating your future is as easy as monthly goal planning. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

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The key to creating your future is easy. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

Divide Into Categories

When listing out your goals divide them into categories. Don’t just create a long list and hope you get through it. Organizing your goals makes them easy to stick to and easy to reference throughout the month. You also want to limit the categories you choose. If you choose too many then you will be too unfocused to accomplish any of them. Here are some category ideas to help you out, but remember not to try to do all of these in one month:

  • Family
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Fitness
  • Professional
  • Travel
  • Self-Improvement
  • Educational
  • Homemaking
  • Religious
  • Creative
  • Journaling
  • Holiday
  • Savings
  • Weight Loss
  • Organizational
  • Home Improvement
  • Cleaning
  • Long-Term* (See section below about long-term goals)

 

The key to creating your future is easy. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

Long-Term Goals

This is the one exception to choosing extra goal categories. Everyone should choose 3 long-term goals. This step should also be done first. Identifying your long-term goals first allows you to ensure that supporting goal categories work towards achieving your ultimate goals. For example, if you want the freedom to travel when and where you want in 3-5 years then your professional, business, and/or finance goals are needed to achieve this.

 

The key to creating your future is easy. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

How to Choose Your Goals

Step 1

As I said above, choose your long-term goals first. Here are my current long-term goals:

  1. Pay off student loans.
  2. Earn 10k a month from my site and side hustles.
  3. Spend summers travelling with my family.

Step 2

Next, number a post-it note (or scrap piece of paper) 1 through 3.

Step 3

Use the list at the beginning of this post as a reference and write down the categories that you feel correspond with each long-term goal. Overlap is perfectly fine as you can see in my example:

  1. Finances, Business
  2. Business, Organizational
  3. Finances, Business, Family

Step 4

Choose 4-5 categories to set monthly goals for. Be sure to include the ones you listed in step 3 then fill in the empty spots left. Here are my categories:

  1. Business
  2. Finances
  3. Organizational
  4. Family
  5. Self-Improvement

Step 5

Create specific monthly goals under each category. Again, be sure not to overload yourself with more items than you can reasonably accomplish in one month. You can see my November goals below.

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My November Goals

Business Goals

Finance Goals

Organizational Goals

Family

Self-Improvement

There you have it. These are my goals for the month of November. I look forward to sharing this adventure with you. Are you ready to start creating your future along with me? Don’t wait to see what happens, be the catalyst behind it.

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