Personal Development

The Busy gal’s guide to accomplishing goals

September 22, 2016

Often times we set goals for ourselves and then never get around to accomplishing them. I know the struggle. You set new year’s resolutions but your busy schedule takes over and 9 months later you’ve forgotten all about them. It can be hard to stick to something when you have so much else to do, but it doesn’t have to be. All you need is a plan that will get you to your goals quickly and efficiently. You need the busy gal’s guide to accomplishing goals.Busy Gal's guide to accomplishing goals
The key to accomplishing goals you set is to make them SMART. This is a concept I learned in school while I was getting my public relations degree. It has done wonders for me and I am sharing it with you in hopes it will help you too.

All you have to do is set SMART goals:


The more specific you are, the clearer it will be to know what you have to do to get there. There is a huge difference between “I want to lose weight” and “I want to lose 10 pounds by December, by cooking meals at home instead of eating out.”

If you have a goal, but aren’t quite sure how to make it specific ask yourself the 5 W’s and 1 H.

What are you trying to achieve?

When would you like to have this done?

Why are you setting this goal?

Where are you trying to end up?

Who are you doing this for?

How will you make this happen?


The easiest way to make a goal measurable is by attaching concrete numbers to it. For example, “Eat healthier” is not a measurable goal.  “Improve my health by cooking 3 meals a week and only eating fast food 2 times a week” is measurable.

Now you can easily track your progress and know if you are falling behind or not.


With this step, you want to make sure the goal you set is realistic. “I would like to become a New York Times Best-Selling Author by the end of the week” is not a realistic goal. Consider the time, effort, and money your goal will take to accomplish. Think about where you are and everything you need to do to meet your goal. Plan smartly, and set a realistic expectation for yourself.


This one is very important. Make sure your goal is relevant. An easy way to figure this one out is to jump back up to the “Specific” category and look over what you wrote for Why. If you are setting a goal because you think you should, or because it’s expected of you, it will not be as fulfilling once you do accomplish it. Accomplishing goals you are passionate about will be so much more rewarding.


Your goal should have a deadline. A goal without a deadline is just an idea. Set benchmarks for your goals.  If your goal is “I want to learn to play the violin” you can practice a few times a month until eventually it gets put on the back burner. If your goal is “I would like to play Fanfare Minuet on the violin by October” you can identify small steps to take that will get you there by your deadline. Break the goal up into smaller tasks that you can tackle every day and measure every week.


What SMART goals will you be setting this month?

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  • Reply Lauren | Talk of the Trains Blog September 23, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Love this. I just had my fourth baby and have lots I “want” to do and goals I want to accomplish, but thankful for this post helping me remember its not about just checking it off the list, but doing it smart! Love!

    • Reply Karen Aileen September 23, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      Congrats on the baby!!! It can be difficult to make time for goals with the little ones running around. It is so much easier when you have a plan set out. I hope this helps!

  • Reply Lauren September 23, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    yes! SMART goals is the way to go. I am also a huge fan of time blocking!

    • Reply Karen Aileen September 23, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      I just started time blocking! It works really well and I wish I had started sooner. I was used to scheduling tasks for work, but never thought about how useful it would be in my personal life as well.

  • Reply Bekah September 24, 2016 at 12:06 am

    I really appreciated this post Karen! It’s so easy to just sit and say: “I want to accomplish ____” and then not do anything about it! I specifically liked that you talked about being specific! Is seriously does make all the difference!

    • Reply Karen Aileen September 24, 2016 at 12:10 am

      Thanks, Bekah! I absolutely agree. I tend to set a lot of goals, but if I don’t sit down and plan how I’m going to get there I know nothing will ever get done.

  • Reply All Things Big and Small September 24, 2016 at 1:54 am

    I love using SMART goals! My goal this month is sorting out my Pinterest and doing some re editing in old photos!

    • Reply Karen Aileen September 24, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      It’s the best way to get things done. Good luck with your goals for the month!(:

  • Reply Erin September 24, 2016 at 2:30 am

    I learned about smart goals a year or two ago and have put the principals into practice since then. It’s a great way to get things done! Love that photo you included.
    xoxo, erin |

    • Reply Karen Aileen September 24, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks, Erin!

  • Reply Jenny September 24, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Setting SMART goals is absolutely essential.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Reply Karen Aileen September 24, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Agreed! It makes such a difference.

  • Reply Sky September 26, 2016 at 1:37 am

    This is great because I am the absolute worst with setting goals and then following through. I have an entire list of goals but no real plan of accomplishing them. I need to start prioritizing them and then make a real game plan based on this.

    • Reply Karen Aileen September 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      I hope this helps! Good luck with meeting your goals (:

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