Why You Need Weekly Goals

Thursday, 26 January 2017
It's around that time of year when the gym is starting to get emptier as people admit defeat and hang up their resolutions for another year. New Years resolutions just don't work and everyone knows it. And why would they? Setting yourself a target that takes a full year to achieve is setting yourself up for failure. It doesn't take into account how much can change in that year,what else might be going on and how you might change too. An end goal 12 months down the line is just too overwhelming.

Last Summer I had a to-do list the size of my arm in preparation for the baby arriving in October. I felt so overwhelmed looking at how many things I had to do and even the thought of doing all of it just stressed me out. One day I decided to split everything up into jobs and tackle a couple every week. I'd sit on a Sunday night, look at what I had on, what free time I had and what was realistic and plan out what I could do.  Having a mini to-do list that was actually achievable within a short space of time was really motivating. When you're just aiming for Sunday, the longer-term goals are out of your mind and don't seem as daunting. 

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Writing weekly goals is something I've actually stuck to, longer than any of my new years resolutions that's for sure. Since I'm on maternity leave, I suppose it kind of gives some structure to my week and helps me feel organised. Some things on my lists are goals or targets and others are just tasks that I've been putting off. 

Here's my list for next week: 

1. Lose another 2 pounds
2. Reach 2000 followers on Twitter
3. Reach 1900 on Instagram (help a sister out and give me a follow if you're not already!) 
4. Order wooden wall hooks and finally put up my hanging pendant light
5. Write and schedule 3 blog posts for Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. 
6. Join two new twitter chats for bloggers
7. Re-organise the storage in Oliver's room and put smaller clothes up in the attic 
8. Give Oliver his bath by 7.30pm every night. 

They're all fairly small goals but all achievable. If you've tried making resolutions in the past and they've failed, I highly recommend trying out weekly goals instead. You can still have your end goal in sight, but breaking it down into weekly wins is much more achievable and if you're successful every week it gives you the encouragement to do the same the following week too! 

Do any of you write weekly goals? Or have you made any NY resolutions?


8 comments on "Why You Need Weekly Goals"
  1. Love the idea of weekly goals rathe than to-do lists as such, makes everything seem a little less daunting!xx

    Lucy x | lucy-cole.co.uk

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  2. If I'm completely honest I've never even thought about creating weekly goals, I've always seen monthly and yearly, so this was a nice little change. I think I'll give this a try x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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  3. I do this too - putting a few tasks for each day so that by the end of the week I'm ready to start again. It really helps me to feel organised! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  4. Daily and weekly to do lists really keep me motivated and going! I'm sure I'll really benefit from them once the baby is born too! x

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  5. Weekly goals is a really good idea. My New Years resolution was to loose weight but it just seems so hard because I need to lose a stone really! I will try and set out weekly goals of doing an exercise DVD twice a week and stick to weekends for naughty snacks and that might work better!

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  6. I don't have weekly goals persay, they are more daily goals that take me a week to complete haha.

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  7. What a great idea. I do little to-do lists in my diary, mostly because if it's written down I can't forget it!

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  8. I love the idea of setting weekly goals. It sounds so much more acheivable.
    Definitely motivated me to try this.
    www.mumsbeautycave.com

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