You guys know I’m a little obsessed with goal setting and with figuring out different strategies to help me reach my goals. One thing I’ve found to work SUPER well is writing down your goals!
And the good news is, there are studies to back this up. Studies show that you’re more likely to reach your goals when you write them down. And I’ve 100% found this to be true for myself!
5 BENEFITS OF WRITING DOWN YOUR GOALS
It Requires Taking the Next Step
How often do you make a mental note of something you’d like to do in the future, a goal you might someday try to meet? We spend so much time thinking of “maybe someday” without actually taking the steps to bring those goals to fruition.
By taking the time to write down your goals, you’re taking the next step and really acknowledging that this is something you seriously want to do.
You Are Forced to Clearly Define Them
Often when I think about goals I might want to achieve someday, they’re pretty vague. I just have a general idea of what it would look like to accomplish my goal.
Writing down your goals forces you to actually put them into words and be a little more specific.
It Keeps You Motivated
Having your goals written down in front of you keeps you motivated, as you continue to see them. I write mine down in my planner.
I know plenty of people who write them on post-it notes and put them near their computer. Basically, write them down somewhere you’ll have to see them again and again.
It’s similar to the benefit you get from sharing your goals with a friend. When I have a big goal I want to reach, I make sure to tell people who are important to me and bring it up regularly in conversation so it’s always front of mind.
You Can Track Your Progress
Writing down your goals gives you an avenue to track your progress. Maybe it’s on the page where you write your goals, maybe it’s keeping a spreadsheet and filling it out each time you hit a milestone while referencing your original goal.
The best goals are those that are measurable, meaning you can measure your progress along the way. For example, let’s say you’re trying to save a certain amount of money for a vacation. Write down that goal, and then create a chart or spreadsheet that you can add to as you go to track your progress.
Seeing how much closer you are to reaching your goal will be GREAT motivation!
You’re More Likely to Accomplish Them
Quite a few studies have shown that when you write down your goals, you’re more likely to accomplish them. The points I made above are probably big reasons why. If you’ve been struggling to reach your goals, it might be worth taking a shot and writing them down this time around.
Once you get started though, don’t stop at JUST writing down the goal! Go ahead and write down some action steps you’ll take in order to reach that goal.
BEFORE YOU GO
Make sure to check out these other posts you might like on Refined Revelry!
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Hi, I’m Erin! I’m an online educator and content creator who helps women reach their goals by teaching them to manage their time and their money. I want to help you design a life you love, so I’m sharing everything I know about goal setting, productivity, planning, and personal finance. You can read my full story here!