At An Organised Life we love setting goals, we’ve even put together the Ultimate Goal Planner to get you started, but why is it that we should take the time to sit down and work out what our goals are? We decided to dig a little deeper into why the act & intention of setting goals is beneficial to you.
Goal setting was inspired by ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle who believed that
humans are motivated by purpose which in turns inspires action and this goes for both our short term and long term goals. Both are important, long term goals are your
direction whereas short term goals act as the motivation while also allowing you to see your long term goals as less daunting and more within your reach to achieve.
According to a study conducted at the Dominican University in California on 270
participants, you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals when you write them down! When we write or read something, like our written goals, it stimulates the part of the brain involved in verbal and visual memory, reasoning and problem solving.
Setting goals is beneficial to
- Create action that has purpose
- Increase your productivity
- Measure your progress
- Keep up your momentum
- Helps with your personal drive and motivation
- Enables self-mastery
- Increases your performance
Reflecting on your goals is also beneficial, it improves your self-monitoring skills, time
management and stress management skills which ultimately boosts your self-esteem
and motivates you to keep working towards your goals.
Ready to get started? Read our Journal post on Goal Setting HERE and download our Goal Planner. If you use one of our 2021 or Mid Year Diaries you will also find a Goal Planning section in the beginning pages.
Words by Samantha Holley & Sara Pull