Do you find yourself setting goals or making a plan—and then not achieving them or following through? Well, you’re certainly not alone! It’s a common struggle—and we’re here to inspire you to start crushing your goals with some brand new habits.
Good habits have the power to improve and change your life. If you’ve got five minutes, we’ve got some habits that are truly game-changers.
Simply adding a few of these five-minute habits to your day is enough to go from goal setter to goal achiever!
Write Down Your Goals
Sure, you have a mental list of your goals, but have you written them down? Science has proven that writing down your goals makes you 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to follow through. Another study found that you’re 42% more likely to achieve the goals you write down.
Considering one study found that 90% of people who set goals as New Year’s resolutions never achieve them, having that extra success boost is helpful. But what makes writing them down so helpful?
Part of the reason is you now have a visual reminder. Writing down something also helps with the encoding process in your brain. Your brain sees it as more important and you remember it better. Plus, writing down your goals doesn’t take long at all.
It’s also important to be specific when writing down your goals and even your priorities. Being specific makes goals easier to work on. Break down a major goal into smaller pieces and work on those. List your priorities for the coming week. Writing all this down helps you stay on the track to success.
Review Your Goals
Remember the importance of visual reminders? The key to crushing your goals is to keep reminding yourself of them. Take a look at your goals every day, week, and month—and review. If you’ve written out mini-goals or tasks, check them off as you do them.
This will show you how close you are to achieving your goals. A great weekly habit is to write down what you did that week to get you closer to success. Look back on that when you’re feeling overwhelmed to motivate you to keep moving forward, no matter how small the steps are. (They really do add up!)
Prep For The Week Ahead
A simple, yet highly effective five-minute habit for improving your life and helping you achieve your goals is prepping for the week ahead. Once you’re already diving into a hectic Monday morning, it’s easy for all your goals and priorities to go out the window.
Instead, set aside time to prep. List and schedule plans, figure out what you’ll eat and what you need to buy, plan something fun to relax and schedule time for the things that are most important to you.
Taking these steps will help to ensure that you make the most of the week ahead. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to weekly planning.
Make A Plan Every Day
First thing every morning, set aside five minutes to make a plan for the next day—or even better, the night before!
Be very intentional with your time so you’re focusing on what’s most important in your life. List out your full schedule, list your to-dos and don’t forget to highlight your “top three” in your Day Designer planner.
Check In During The Day
You can’t be expected to remember your entire plan throughout the day. Instead, set a time for a mid-day check-in. With so much going on, it’s so easy to get off track.
Thanks to writing it all down, crushing your goals is as easy as checking in with the plans you made ahead of time. Do this every day and you’ll be more successful.
Reflect On What You’ve Done
Set aside a little time each evening to reflect on all you’ve done that day, week and month. Check off what you’ve accomplished. Be truly grateful for the progress made and don’t get down if you’re not as far along as you want. You will get there if you keep planning and doing.
Take time to tidy up your workspace so you start off with a clean slate the next day. Then, sleep peacefully, wake up and start crushing your goals again the next day.
Improving your life means adopting the right habits. Use these simple five-minutes habits to jumpstart your goals. Here at Day Designer, we created our best-selling planners to help you master daily, weekly and monthly planning and goal setting.