PLAN YOUR LIFE IN 2019 WITH ME : step-by-step ⭐ (creating SMART goals + action plans)

In last week’s video I walked you through
my 2019 goals, my brainstormed goals. In today’s video I’m going to show you how
I refined those goals further using the SMART goal method, and also how I create
simple action plans. If you’re interested, keep watching! Hello hello! Welcome back to the Whole
Happy Life. So last week’s video was part one of the “Plan your life with me” series,
the plan 2019 with me. Today is part two – I do suggest watching part one first
because it is quite valuable in understanding the process, but you can
watch this video on its own. In the previous video I walked you through
steps one, two, and three of the workbook, and today I’m going to walk through
steps four, five and six. Now if you don’t have a copy of the workbook and
you’d like to get a copy, you can find it in the description and also the pinned
comment, and you can also write your answers in a journal if that works
better for you. Do what works best for you. Let’s begin. Step number four is
creating a SMART goal from the goals you brainstormed in step three. There are many, many different ways to set goals and it’s all about finding the one that
works for you. Personally I find the SMART goal method to be the most
effective for myself. If you’ve never tried it I do suggest trying it out. So
what exactly is a SMART goal? A SMART goal is a goal that is specific, measurable,
attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Now let me walk you through an example so this makes a lot more sense. So last week I had a brainstormed goal to improve my
videography skills, so the goal that I’d written down was ‘I want to improve my
videography skills for the YouTube channel’. Now when I look at this goal
it’s rather vague, like it’s a good starting point, but it doesn’t tell me
enough about what I need to do, and it’s not specific enough for me to actually
take action easily. So I like using the SMART goal method to make it much more
focused, much more refined, so let’s go through all of the letters of the SMART
goal method and I’m going to show you how I continually refined this using each
letter. The first letter is S which stands for specific – basically you need
to state exactly what needs to be done. Now it comes to my videography example, it was very vague Let’s make it specific. So I can write
down ‘I want to learn how to use my current camera better by learning how to
use the settings in different lighting conditions. I want to take a course and
do some homework’. That way this goal is a lot more specific and because it’s so
specific, it’s easier to make an action-oriented. Now let’s move on to M. M stands
for measurable – basically you want to include how the goal can be measured. Now my videography example is not exactly a measurable goal because it’s hard to
measure your videography skills – how do you measure skill it’s not easy to do
that. But remember how I made the goal more specific by saying that I’m going
to do a course? So now I can make it measurable – I can say that I want to do a
course and I want to spend a particular amount of time. So I can say that I want
to spend 5 to 10 hours on a videography course, and that includes the time I
spend on homework. That way the goal is measurable and have a better way of
tracking the progress. Now let’s move on to A. A stands for attainable – basically
you want a goal that is challenging but not so challenging that you’re going to
get overwhelmed – no lofty goals. Now when I look at my goal about the videography
skill – spending five to ten hours on a course – it’s definitely attainable, it’s
nothing overwhelming, so it definitely ticks the A mark. Now let’s move on to
R. R stands for relevant – basically you want to ask yourself why are you doing
this goal and does it fit into the vision that you have for your life? So
when I ask myself that question I think this goal is definitely relevant because
it’s going to help me with my YouTube channel, and I’m trying to grow my
YouTube channel, so definitely aligns with the vision I have for my life. Now I
want to give you a personal example of what’s not a relevant goal. So a few
years ago I had a goal to study Spanish, and it was kind of on a whim, I didn’t
really know why I chose that goal, and it went well for the first four months, but
then I started to lose interest. It’s because the goal wasn’t relevant to the
vision I had for my life. I wasn’t going to use Spanish anywhere, I didn’t know
what I was going to do with it, so I kind of lost interest. So try to focus on
goals that really have a strong why. They are definitely relevant
to your life, you’re more likely to stick to them, you’re more likely to stay on track.
Moving on to T – it stands for time bound – basically you want to give a certain
target date, or say that a goal is going to be done daily, weekly, or monthly – so
just basically specifying the time in which we’re going to complete that goal.
So from my videography example I’m going to say that I want to complete my goal
by February 2019. That way I’ve set a target date. Now not
all goals will have a specific target date – some goals will be goals that you
do weekly – so for example saying I want to meditate 4 times a week. So that’s a
weekly goal, but you’re saying four times a week. So you’re giving it something
that makes it time bound. Now that we’ve gone through all the letters of the
SMART goals method, let’s compare the original goal which was the vague goal
to the SMART goal. The original goal was ‘I want to improve my videography skills’
Very, very basic goal. SMART goal is ‘I want to spend five to ten hours on a
videography course, including any homework so that I can improve the video
quality for my YouTube channel. I want to complete the course by the end of
February 2019’. When you look at the goals side-by-side you can see a really big
difference – the SMART goal is much easier to actually create an action plan for – because it is so much more specific, so much more focused, so that is why the SMART goal
method works really really well for me. Step five is steps and tools – basically
creating an action plan. Once I’ve refined all my brainstormed goals into
SMART goals, it’s time to create action plans for them. Now I don’t like to
create extremely detailed action plans, because I find that very overwhelming at
this stage. I like to create big picture action plans with a few steps, a few big
picture steps, and I also like to include tools and support that I’ll need for
those goals to happen. Now I’m gonna walk you through an example – that videography
example – I’m going to show you my action plan for it. It’s very very simple, and also the
tools and support, so you’ll understand what my process is. So I’m going to
select a course on Udemy on videography, I’m going to find something that is between
five to ten hours in length, and I’m going to finish this by January
2019, so that I’m ready to do the course in February. A second step is to select a
weekend in February to complete the course, because if I don’t block off a
weekend to work on the course, I am NOT going to do it, so I’m gonna block off
that time right now. Step number three – I’m going to write down a list of all
the things that I learned, I’m going to make a cheat sheet, so I can use a cheat
sheet when I film videos. For the tools I will need my camera because I can’t do
this without my camera, so I need to make sure it’s in tip-top condition, and I’m
also going to need the manual because I’ll need to refer to it to test out my
settings. And the support that I’ll need – I’ll need my husband to give me some
uninterrupted time on the weekend when I do that course. So basically it’s a very,
very simple action plan, I know exactly what I need to do, and I can get started
right now. So the idea is to create action plans that don’t seem
overwhelming, that seem simple enough to get started, because if they are
overwhelming, we’re going to procrastinate. It’s always a good idea to
make things as simple as possible. Now once you’ve completed your action
plans for the SMART goals, what do you do next? How do you get stuff done
throughout the year? So what I like to do is take those action plans and put any
of the tasks into my daily planner. I have a paper copy, I like to use paper, so
I put everything into that. So basically the idea is to take your yearly goals,
convert them into SMART goals, create action plans, and see if you can put any
of those tasks into your daily and weekly planners, and that’s how you’ll
get things done throughout the year. Step number six is review. Now setting the
goals is just part of the process. I really think review is so key,
because the people who review their goals are more likely to stick to them
long term. So I suggest doing a monthly review at the same time every month, it
could be the first Sunday of the month you pick, whatever works for you, and make sure you’re doing a thorough review. You’re actually going through all the
SMART goals, you’re finding out what worked, what didn’t work, you’re thinking
about strategies going forward. I have two suggestions to make the review
process more fun – first, do it with a friend. You’ll have someone to be accountable to
and you’ll have a lot more fun. Number two – is whenever you do the review
process, after that celebrate your wins. But here’s the thing – every time you do
your review, you’re going to find a few things that didn’t go as planned, and
that aren’t going really well, and you might end up feeling disheartened, but
don’t do that, celebrate the win. Celebrate the things that are going well
and do something fun the day you do review. So I like to have a nice long
bath or you know, go out for dinner, just do something fun that will keep you
motivated. I think that’s really, really important so celebrate your wins when
you do your review process. So that covers the goal-setting part of my work, but
what do you do when you fall off track? Because let’s face it – all of us will
fall off track at some point in the year, so I have an entire section in the
workbook on getting back on track. These are things that I have struggled with
myself – such as procrastination, time management, distractions, excuses,
self-doubt, perfectionism, falling off track after vacation – all sorts of things.
So I would suggest filling out that part of the workbook whenever you have fallen
off track. So that part is designed to help you get back on track and get back
to working on your goals. Anyway I hope you enjoyed this video. If you did please
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Reader Comments

  1. The Whole Happy Life

    💡 MAKE 2019 AMAZING! Life Goals Workbook is here! You can download it from Gumroad here 👇:

    If you have any issues with the transaction, you can email me: ria [at] thewholehappylife [dot] com .

    Thank you for your support! I hope this workbook helps you achieve your goals and dreams in 2019! ❤️❤️

    P.S. If you want to know what's in the workbook, go to 10:09 and pause it to read the contents page.

  2. Bhargav Patel

    What a great video. I think I might buy your goal book. Your videos contain such good information. Keep going on making such great videos. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  3. Tracey Hardgrave

    Timing! I was sitting down to read section 4-6 and your video notification popped up 🤓 I appreciate and value what you do and share xo

  4. Ali Beshara

    Thanks a lot… been working on the sheets last night. It somehow gave me a sense of happiness, enthusiasm and relaxation.

    I was remembering @Jordan Peterson's comment on treating yourself as a partner that you need to motivate to reach his full potential.

    Sitting waiting for my turn somewhere and will follow your suggestion and select a few courses as planned from LinkedIn Learning (50) hours.

    Wanted to add as well.. that I like the fact that your examples are not repeating the examples in the workbook.

    Good job .

  5. Swathi R

    Thank you so much for these videos, Ria! Your videos have helped me in so many ways 😊 so glad to have discovered you this year! Happy new year 💕

  6. Fearless Dreams

    Absolutely on point, Ria. I am also following your style of goal setting, goal planning and goal achieving. I even added a subscribe card for your channel on my last video, cause I think your content is great! I would love to see a bit more on how you deal with the fears in doubts on the way to achieving your bigger goals. Thanks!

  7. Afaf El Ammar

    I've never thought about going through my goals in detail and I think that's why I would end not sticking to them so this "Smart Goals" idea really hit me. I think planning this year will funner and more like a chit chat with myself. Thank you so much Ria for giving us an amazing video as always, discovering your channel was a good memory of 2018. Love and blessings ❤️

  8. Muralidhar Jakkam

    Hi Ria, You are very good Motivator, Thanks a lot for your great job. God bless you. and I am from India how to purchase this Life Goals Work book -2019

  9. Deepika Mukesh

    I just saw this !! Hi Ria 👋 I’ve been following only a few weeks…thanks to Megan to share your channel 😊 can I still do this , end of jan ?

  10. Lyne Rollin

    I love your video! You are one of who inspires me Ria. You are on my list 🌺❤️🌺❤️
    Is your workbook exist in a french version?
    Au plaisir xx

  11. The Whole Happy Life

    ⭐⭐ MAKE 2020 AMAZING! Life Goals Workbook ⭐⭐ is finally here! You can download it from Gumroad here 👇:

    If you have any issues with the transaction, you can email me: ria [at] thewholehappylife [dot] com .

    Thank you for your support! I hope this workbook helps you achieve your goals and dreams in 2020! ❤️❤️

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