How to set your goals {and a free printable}

If you sometimes feel like you’re as busy as the Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil day after day, month after month and year after year but you don't seem to make any real progress, you may need to set some goals. At the end of all that hard work, you want to look back and see that you actually achieved something more than just getting to the bottom of the ironing basket.

The task of setting goals is actually not very difficult and it can be fun imagining what you can do or be down the track. Setting goals helps you focus on what you really want in life. Your goals are for you, and no one else.

I’m a big fan of putting pen to paper when it comes to focusing on what I want to achieve (and everything else for that matter). Actually writing goals down gives you motivation and a focus while you juggle everything else you have to do in life. So I’ve created this free printable to help you do just that. Print it out and let’s get started!

My Goals free printable


What do you want your future to be? What do you want to be doing in in five, ten or 20 years’ time? Choose just a few lifelong goals to begin with. It may help to think in terms of categories such as:

  • Personal – eg: to write a novel

  • Financial – eg: to pay off the mortgage in 10 years

  • Career – eg: to become an early childhood teacher

  • Education – eg: to finish a degree

  • Health – eg: to be a marathon runner

  • Community – eg: to do some volunteer work


Look at the lifelong goals that you've just set and then break them down into smaller goals that you think you can achieve over the next year. For example, if your lifelong goal is ‘To complete the Boston Marathon’, your goal for the coming year may be ‘To run in the City2Surf’. So write that down on your worksheet as your first goal and put a deadline next to it (August).

It’s a good idea to make sure your goals are SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.


Now, list the action steps that you will need to take in order to achieve this goal.

For the example above, you might put:

  1. Discuss with my family and work out the best times for me to train - August 2017

  2. Choose a training program to prepare me for the City2Surf - 10 December

  3. Begin training program - 15 December

  4. Register to enter the City2Surf - 2 January

  5. Organise the logistics for the day, eg: babysitter - 1 July


Now enter these action steps into your planner. For the example above:

  1. Enter a task in your planner to organise a good time to discuss your goal with your family.

  2. Enter a task in your planner to research training programs.

  3. Enter all of the training program activities into your planner in the appointments section.

  4. Find out what date you can enter the City2Surf competition and enter that as a task in your planner.

  5. Enter a task to organise the logistics of the day about two months prior.

And don’t forget to enter an event on the day itself!


Finally, it’s always a good idea to regularly review your goals to make sure you’re keeping on track and also to keep you motivated. If you like, you might enter a task in your planner every month or so to do this.

Now complete these steps for your other lifelong goals as well. Don’t forget to keep your goals realistic – the aim is to actually achieve your goals, albeit with a little hard work. But having a plan like this means you’re well on your way already!

Do you set goals every year? How do you celebrate your achievements?


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