The Best Goal-Setting Tools for a Successful New Year

A fresh new year is upon us. We've turned the page in our planners, broken out our brand new pens, and we're staring at a clean slate. Chances are, you've got some goals swimming around in your head - things you'd like to accomplish this year, and some of them are possibly leftovers from last year (and the year before that?).

I'll be the first to admit that goal-setting is the easy part. Goal-GETTING? Well, that's an entirely different monster altogether. But over the past few years, I've discovered a few tools to help me with my goal-setting and to help me create a successful year.

Setting goals is one thing. Achieving them is a different animal entirely. Using the right tools will help you achieve success in the new year. I use a combination of Powersheets, Life Planner, a comprehensive editorial calendar...and my secret weapon: accountability groups. How do you achieve success for your blog or brand?
Setting goals is one thing. Achieving them is a different animal entirely. Using the right tools will help you achieve success in the new year. I use a combination of Powersheets, Life Planner, a comprehensive editorial calendar...and my secret weapon: accountability groups. How do you achieve success for your blog or brand?

The Best Goal-Setting Tools for a Successful New Year

Regardless of your specific goals, or your blog or brand's niche, you can use these tools to be more successful this year and every year.

Powersheets

I absolutely LOVE my Powersheets! Lara Casey created Powersheets 6 years ago, and they have revolutionized the way you'll set goals. Lara's worksheets help you look at the big picture, discover why you want to to accomplish certain things, and then help you break down your goals into quarterly, monthly, weekly, and even daily tasks.

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I chose to buy 2 of the 6-month Powersheets this year, and I won't lie - it was because of the color. I love that pretty teal! I'm working through my Powersheets this year with the girls in my mastermind group for extra accountability.

Life Planner

I firmly believe that goals should have deadlines, which is where a planner comes in handy. After I create my goals in my Powersheets, I add hard dates to my Erin Condren Life Planner. (My referral link gives you $10 off!)

I've been using an Erin Condren Life Planner for several years. I have tried others, like the Day Designer and the Simplified Life Planner, but I keep coming back to the Erin Condren Life Planner because it works for me.

I use colorful pens and stickers to draw attention to important tasks, and I try not to overwhelm my pages with too much stuff. I only add what's really important. It keeps me focused.

Editorial Calendar

A couple years ago, I took the Blog Clarity course "Content Brew", and was given a template for an editorial calendar in spreadsheet form. Since that time, I've edited and tweaked that spreadsheet to suit my needs, and now it looks very little like the original template.

This spreadsheet editorial calendar has served me well, and helps me stay organized. I actually hate calling it an "editorial calendar" because it's so much more than that. I have tabs to map out my blog content, yes, but I also have tabs to keep track of my content upgrades, post ideas, collaborations, important links (like affiliate links), course outlines, and a master to-do list for my virtual assistant.

Pretty much every single thing I need to access for my blog and business is in that document for easy access. SIGN UP FOR MY FREE GOOGLE DRIVE COURSE TO GET AN OVERVIEW OF MY CALENDAR. Or CLICK HERE to read my blog post about setting up my editorial calendar.

Accountability Groups

If you ignore all the things I've said up to this point, don't ignore this one. Setting yourself up with a solid accountability group is by far the best thing you can do for your brand and your success.

An accountability group can take many forms, and I'got a full blog post on how to create a blog tribe or mastermind group, so check that out HERE. In the meantime, here are some quick & dirty tips:

  • Keep it small. Limit your group to around 5 members.
  • Have a purpose. You should have a specific purpose for your group and each member should understand what that purpose is. For example, if you create a group for the purpose of promoting one another's content, be sure each member is actually prepared to do that.
  • Be picky when inviting members. I highly recommend that you hand-select your group members, and be very selective. Group members can be in the same blog niche, or serve similar audiences, or have similar goals. But each member should be someone you trust and someone with whom you feel comfortable working with.
  • Meet at least monthly. Be sure each member agrees to attend a monthly meeting (via Google Hangouts or Skype). Make this mandatory. These meetings are where you'll hash out your ideas, give and provide feedback to help each other grow, and vent about whatever is on your mind. It's a safe place to talk shop without judgment, and these meetings are what makes these groups so powerful.

Share your goals with your group, and encourage one another as the year progresses. You need someone to hold your feet to the fire to make sure you actually do what you aspire to do.

WHAT WOULD YOU ADD?

What tools do you use to achieve success each year? Share them with me in the comments below.

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