HOW TO FINISH a 1-PAGE GOALS SHEET – Step 2

Last blog article explored living with a purpose and with hope. We began developing a 1-Page Goals Sheet – Step 1. The Goals Sheet is an individualized, custom-designed plan to organize and manage your life effectively with simple action steps.  We explored specific processes and began your Goals Sheet. Today, we will finish your Goals Sheet. You are very close to being done with a great plan and action steps that are easy to implement.

If you need to refresh your memory, or if this blog is your first exposure, please refer to Step 1. Then circle back to this article for Step 2.

As we examine these concepts, please decide to not listen to any voice of discouragement. Pray through these steps and ideas. Ask God to help. You are taking back the management of your life, and this 1-Page goals sheet is going to help. Please be patient as you go through these steps. They may seem complicated. But if you will commit to engage each one, you will be pleased as you see them all come together in a simple plan that is easy to carry out. Confusion will start to lift. Complications will slip off. And your new 1-Page document will launch you into more freedom.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Step 1 dealt with your present condition, establishing basics, and developing a framework. Step 2, will develop action steps so you can achieve what you are aiming for. Goals and objectives help you do that.

Goals and objectives:

  • Help you establish a direction and pathway.
  • Identify parameters to help you stay on course.
  • Assess progress.
  • Help you accomplish value as you aim higher.
  • Give you reasonable, measurable steps to help you succeed.
  • They are flexible and can be tweeked as you close in on what you are aiming for.

Although both help you manage your life, goals are different from objectives. Let’s look closer at each to see the difference.

Goals:
  • Are specific things you want to accomplish.
  • Indicate where you want to be in the future.
  • Reveal changes you want to make.
  • Identify improvements to work on.
  • Cement realities you are committed to reach for.
Objectives:
  • Lay out the path you will travel to get to your goal.
  • Are specific, reasonable, measurable parameters with a time limit.
  • Develop daily, weekly, monthly intentional actions that propel you toward your goal.
  • Follow a logical order of progression.
  • Are well-thought ideas you use one stroke at a time.
  • You will never get to your goal if you do not set good objectives.

Goals and objectives are developed with thought and prayer. They do not need to be perfect. Rather, they need to breathe. Your Goals Sheet needs to flex with your life as you progress through this year. I have never ended with the same 1-page document in December that I started with in January! Don’t be afraid to change things as you learn and grow. However, without goals and objectives, you leave positive change in the hands of chance.

Let’s Pick Up Where We Left Off Last Week

Last blog article, you developed a short list. I told you it goes on the Goals Sheet but further down, and I asked you to wait before including it. This is where you will begin to use your short list. In fact, your list will become your goals. From this point, we will refer to the items on your short list as your goals.

Once again, here is the example worksheet you clicked on last week. All example worksheets in Step 1 and Step 2 illustrate what you are aiming for. (SHORT LIST, NOW REFERRED TO AS YOUR GOALS)

SHORT LIST, NOW REFERRED TO AS YOUR GOALS
  • My relationship with God – I want to grow closer to God.
  • My relationships with family and close friends.
  • My skills – professional and personal skills sets and communication.
  • My body and health – I need to lose 15 pounds, exercise regularly, and lose the potato chips.

If you have not already done so, please enter this list onto your downloadable blank worksheet from Step 1. (Again, if you are seeing this blog before last week’s blog, please refer to Step 1 to get links, action steps and downloadable forms.)

Refine and Develop Your Goals

Now you are ready to refine and develop your goals. Let’s talk about key elements of your daily life. Key elements include areas that you manage – things you are responsible for. What balls do you keep in the air? 

You may need to eliminate some current key elements to make room for better key elements. Take a look at an example work sheet. (KEY ELEMENTS)

KEY ELEMENTS
  • Daily Quiet Time
  • Memorizing God’s Word
  • Ministries
  • Health and Fitness
  • Career
  • Projects
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Sleep and Rest
  • Hobbies
  • Personal Growth and Challenge (will become its own section at the bottom of the Goals Sheet.)

Now that you’ve seen an example, go to your Step 2 downloadable worksheet and enter your key elements.

This next step will take your key elements and integrate them into your goals. Click to view an example. (KEY ELEMENTS Integrated Into GOALS)

KEY ELEMENTS Integrated Into GOALS

Relationship with God

  • Daily Quiet Time
  • Memorizing God’s Word
  • Ministries

Relationship with Family and close Friends.

  • Family
  • Friends

My Skills – Personal and Professional

  • Career
  • Projects
  • Hobbies

Body and Health

  • Health and Fitness
  • Sleep and Rest

Now use your Step 2 downloadable worksheet to integrate your key elements into your goals.

Once you have goals and key elements paired up, you will prayerfully assign objectives to each key element. Remember: objectives help you get to your goal. To prime your pump, click on the example worksheet. (APPLYING OBJECTIVES to GOALS by DEVELOPING KEY ELEMENTS)

APPLYING OBJECTIVES to GOALS by DEVELOPING KEY ELEMENTS

Relationship with God

  • Daily Quiet Time – when, where, how? I will select materials to cover all the months (either study books or just books of the Bible), what prayer tools to use, do I have a journal for the year?
  • Memorizing God’s Word – 3X5 cards or verses on my phone or a small notebook. Start small . . . a verse a week. Track my verses. Put my verses in front of me to see during day: car, mirror, computer, wallet/purse, kitchen cabinet, tool bench, etc. WHEN I SEE THE VERSE, I COMMIT TO REPEAT IT!
  • Ministries – who/what/when/where/how will I try to touch their lives effectively? What about support financially and by prayer?

Relationship with Family and close Friends.

  • Family – how can I encourage and stay current with family members? Grown children once they are on their own. Lunch once a month? How can I pray for them? Etc.
  • Friends – how can I grow my personal friendships? Coffee times? Lunch? How often? With whom? How will I track their prayer needs to support them? Etc.

My Skills – Personal and Professional

  • Career – what seminars/classes can I attend to improve skills? Can I take on an extra project to help my company?
  • Projects – I need to keep up projects in my scope of living. Property and home. Keep a running list and regularly plan projects into my calendar. Keep it current.
  • Hobbies – I need to take breaks and do fun things. What can I do? Should I learn a new skill? Who can I do them with? Can I afford the hobby supplies? How often do I allow this, or should I use it as a reward for reaching a goal?

Body and Health

  • Health and Fitness – I need to lose 15 pounds. I will plan my basic menus and snacks. I will purposefully purchase and prepare fresh foods, eat about half my normal portions, allow 1-2 snacks at the end of a successful week, pray that God will strengthen me and “change my mind” about being willing to be a bit hungry. I will walk and exercise 4 days a week.
  • Sleep and Rest – I will get 7 – 8 hours each night. Start bedtime prep early enough to make that happen. Bring my activities to a slower pace before bedtime. Read something wholesome in the evening, and spend time in prayer.

Go to your downloadable Step 2 worksheet and add objectives. Define the how, when, where kinds of elements needed to bring your goals and key elements into reality.

When you have finished assigning objectives to each key element on your worksheet, transfer your goals, key elements, and objectives onto your downloadable Goals Sheet.

Personal Growth and Challenge

Before you work on personal growth and challenge, here is the unblurred full example of the 1-Page Goals Sheet we’ve been referring to through both Step 1 and Step 2. Take a look to see what you’ve accomplished and how close you are to finishing your work. Remember, your Goals Sheet will look different than the worksheet examples we have used. Custom-design your Goals Sheet in a way best for you. And now let’s finish.

This is the final main component to your Goals Sheet. In this section, you can pursue special interests, cultivate free time, and develop relationships. You will be entering your data directly onto your downloadable Goals Sheet for these final steps.

Personal Message: First thing in this section is to write an encouraging message to yourself. The example worksheet shows how this might look. (PERSONAL MESSAGE)

PERSONAL MESSAGE

Every time I feel a finger of fear reach into my heart, I will repeat my year theme and claim the promise I’ve selected instead of listening to the voice of fear. Practice cheer even when I don’t feel like it. My feelings don’t run my life. Rejoice! Talk to the Lord and listen to His promptings in all things. He promises to guide me. I will enjoy His friendship.

Now write your own personal message to yourself directly on your downloadable Goals Sheet.

Personal Purpose Bullets: Next, identify ways God is first in all areas of your life. Here is the example worksheet. (PERSONAL PURPOSE BULLETS)

PERSONAL PURPOSE BULLETS
  • I will seek to know God more intimately.
  • I will nurture that desire in my kids by example and direct training.
  • I commit to increase in knowing His Word and living it out.
  • It is my honor to hold a family together.
  • Prayer over my lineage daily joins me to God’s desires for my family.
  • Carrying out my design/purpose is both a privilege and adventure.
  • I will seek to enable others to believe/apply God’s Word to their lives.
  • What an honor to daily enjoy God and know that He enjoys me.

Now develop your personal purpose bullet list on your downloadable Goals Sheet. Refine them with thought and prayer.

A Word About Reading Reading is particularly effective in developing your inner person. Please don’t underestimate this incredible gift from God. Hard copy books and electronic books are available everywhere. If you struggle focusing to read through books, then try audio books. There are limitless options to hear as you commute to work or take a long trip. Become well-read.

Podcasts are also a wonderful way of expanding your personal knowledge and abilities. In fact, Intentional Living is ready to launch a Podcast. So, look for it soon.

Go directly to your downloadable Goals Sheet. Use the chart to fill in books you’d like to read each month. You can check the chart box when you have achieved your goal.

Relationships and Fun: Relationships and fun are important elements of your life. Developing these areas helps you be a more well-rounded person. The example worksheet shows ideas. (RELATIONSHIPS AND FUN)

RELATIONSHIPS AND FUN
  • Susie – Arrange to meet for lunch once each month. Put dates on calendar.
  • Bible Study Group – faithfully attend every other week. See if anyone wants to get ice-cream between every once-in-awhile.
  • Frank – Every Sunday evening, call and see how he’s doing. Pray with him over the phone.
  • Siblings – Pray into their lives each day. Write/text occasionally to catch up.
  • Pottery Class – Check into the community offerings and sign up for once a week class.

Develop brief guidelines to nurture your key relationships on your downloadable Goals Sheet. Establish at least one activity you can engage to have fun.

Closing Thoughts: Your closing thoughts are simply voicing summary ideas and directives to yourself. You are identifying how you will engage your Goals Sheet. Take a look. (CLOSING THOUGHTS)

CLOSING THOUGHTS

REFUSE to be lazy or fearful. Tweek this plan as needed as the year goes by. Picture God lovingly working in my life. Picture me yielding to Him in every circumstance, problem, sorrow, responsibility as I trust and obey Him.

Now that you’ve seen an example, develop your own closing thoughts on your downloadable  Goals Sheet.

The Tiny Box at the Top of Your Goals Sheet

This little box lets you include any of the following and rotate them through the years of using a Goals Sheet:

  • Inspirational Thoughts
  • Quotes
  • Meaning of your Name
  • Encouragements given by others, etc.

Use Your Phone or Device to Help You Succeed

Many people find they have better success if they program their phone/device with reminders of their goals. Develop a brief “Focus List” or a brief “Weak Areas” reminder on your phone/device. Set it for 3 – 4 times a day. Every time a reminder goes off, don’t just swipe it away. Diligently go over selected portions of your plan.

Don’t Give Up!

You are done! Congratulations. Once you start using your 1-Page Goals Sheet, you can see how helpful it is to have so many brief directives on one page. Keep this tool in a plastic sleeve (printed version) and/or in your device for reference. Be resolved to use your Goals Sheet. Don’t give up. Tweek your Goals Sheet through the year.

Progress is not always immediately observable. If you remain resolved – progress will begin to show. Even if you fall short of your goals as you carry out your objectives, you will find yourself pleased that you made progress toward your goals.

I wish you great success. If you have any questions about this Goals Sheet process, feel free to write to me (greatlife@intentionallivingministry.org).

Fill this year with Intentional Living.

 

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