Goals 101: 8 Steps to plan your goals

Happy new year guys! I hope your holidays were relaxing and fun! It is officially 2017 and you know what that means…..New year, new goals! This is the time everyone strives for something a little better than the year before. Whether it be business or personal, we all want to do better in some form or fashion!  But a lot of times we fall short of what we’re trying to achieve due to various reason. It could be you don’t have the resources you need or just a pure lack of motivation. In my personal opinion, it’s because of the lack of planning!   Anything that is great started as a plan. Goal setting is more than just stating what you want to do but actually creating a detailed plan so you always know where you’re headed and far you have to go.

Tools I Use; Planner, 3 Small/Medium/Large notebooks/ Desk Calendar, Pink Pens. I use all these tools for easy organization.


The FIRST step to goal setting is realizing that any and all goals take TIME! They are not supposed to be accomplished overnight! As long as you are working diligently towards that goal, that’s all that matters. Slow and steady always wins the race in the end and slow progress is better and NO progress! Keep that in mind.

(Disclaimer: All examples in this post are just that, Examples! These are by no means real plans)

Step 2: The Infamous list…With a Twist

First, let me say how I plan my goals are probably gonna sound obsessive and anal but this is what works for me and I have accomplished a lot with this method! Let’s get started!

So like any normal person I write all of my goals and Ideas down in a small notebook. But I take it a step further by also writing with each and every goal or idea all the materials or things I might need in order to accomplish each individual goal.

Example: Lose 10-15

  • -gym membership
  • -weights
  • -Meal plan

Step 3: Research, Research, Research

I research my goals to see what a realistic time frame is to accomplish said goal. You can’t make something a goal without doing research! See exactly what you’re getting yourself into and if it’s even realistic to accomplish. If you find with research that it is unrealistic to adjust that goal accordingly. (I would use my large notebook for this task.)

Step 4: The Deadline

For each goal, I set a time frame as to what month  I want that goal to be accomplished within the calendar year. For Example:

I want to lose 10-15 pounds. I know I want to lose the weight before my birthday in June. So I would set the deadline date for May or the very beginning of June since my birthday is the last day of June. With a deadline set, I now know I have 5-6 months to lose 10-15 pounds. (I  keep using weight as an example because that is an extremely common goal among us all!)

Step 5: The Breakdown

So after I set a deadline, I break down each month leading up to the deadline. For each month leading up to the deadline, I set “mile markers” for how far I will want/need to accomplish to achieve the main goal. (I would use my Medium notebook for this task)

Example: For the month of  January I would need to lose at least 2 pounds that month in order to achieve my 10 lb goal by June. The breakdown for each month would look like this…

  • Jan.-2 lbs
  • Feb.-2 lbs
  • Mar. 2 lbs

Step 6: The breakdown of The Breakdown

So from the monthly breakdown, I break down each week of that month! So in this instance, I would Breakdown how many times I would want/need to work out in order to lose those 2 pounds each month. (I would use my Medium notebook for this task)  Example:

  •  January-2 lbs
  •  Week one: gym 4 times
  • Week two: gym 3 times
  • Week three: gym 3 times
  • Week Four: gym 2 times

(If I have a specific diet or any other details. I would add that to my weekly breakdown as well.)

Step 7: The Semi-obsessive breakdown

After I break down my weeks, I break down my days. As in what I need to do for each day of each week. Sort of like setting a set schedule, ( use a desk calendar for this task) For Example:

Week One:

  • Monday: Butt & Legs
  • Wednesday: Stomach
  • Thursday: Arms & Shoulders
  • Saturday: Cardio

(as I stated before if I have any meal plans or other details, I would be included in the breakdown)


I’m sure you have already guessed it but I have to say it… Hour by hour. With a lot of my already accomplished goal, I had those goals broken down as far as they would go. I mean down to the minute sometimes. I know this sounds super anal but I have accomplished a lot doing this! I believe that time management is really one of the most important steps to planning and actually achieving a goal!(  Use a planner for this task)  ……It would look a little something like this for each day

Monday: Thatlifeadri Gym 6:00pm-8:00pm

  • 6:00-6:30pm: stretch/ warm up (15-minute stretch/15-minute warm-up)
  • 6:30-7:00: Butt ( 50 donkey kicks, 5 1 min. plank, 60 squats, 30 leg lifts,20 lunges)
  • 7:00-7:30 pm: Legs ( kettle ball swing, 50 Pistol Squats, 20 dumbbell split jumps)
  • 7:30-8:00 pm: Cooldown (15-minute stretch /15-minute shower)

Now that you have the gist! Get to work! You don’t have to go as in detail as I do but make a plan none the less. This year make it a point to accomplish all your wildest dreams or at least start! What do you have to lose?

Be Sure to check out my New Year Chit Chat: What I’ve learned and Current goals.