Getting Organized: How to plan your goals the right way

Due to my recent life change (if you missed my post on that check it out here), I’m on the road to getting seriously organized. Not just physically (I moved an entire classroom into an office- *slaps forehead*), but mentally. My “Type A” personality thrives on organization, goals, schedules, and my Life Planner from Erin Condren (not an affiliate link).When this isn’t happening- I’M not happening.

Why the heck is she doing this?

I tend to stress really easily (not my most redeeming quality but I work with what I was given). It’s worse when I’m surrounded by chaos,  (like a cluttered room or just when I feel like I don’t have a grasp on things) or have just been given a massive list of things to complete in a short amount of time (thanks Nursing school… but thankful to be having this issue).

So I decided to launch off my Getting Organized Series with one of the first steps in getting your life organized (mine is a mess so y’all are along for the ride): GOAL SETTING.

Why is it important to set goals?

Nobody is perfect and there are always things we can improve upon. Setting goals helps give you something to work towards. This can be ANYTHING!!!

Whether it be reorganizing a room, making a small life change (adding quiet time to your mornings, getting up before noon), making big life changes (paying off debt, saving money, making a career change (#me), going to college, going BACK to college (#meagain), becoming more healthy (#shouldbeme) etc.)

Why not find something (whether small or large) to improve your life? Self-Improvement is a thing people. Make yourself happen (As I type this, I’m sitting in my Pajamas)!

Setting goals takes organization…unfortunately.

This may sound goofy but in back college (round 1 of college- not 2), part of a class I took was goal setting. They had to be set in a way that fit certain criteria.  Honestly, I hated that part because we had to set goals on things that I didn’t give a flyin’ hoot about (like a career). But now that I’m an upstanding citizen (HA!) and have my life together (flat out lie), I actually can see the method behind this craziness and decided that I could actually use this goal setting criteria to help me plan out my goals in better detail so my mind could wrap around it all. Instead of just saying “Oh my goal is_________.”, I created timelines and a PLAN to help me make sure I wasn’t just blowin’ smoke.

The criteria that I used can be summed up in the acronym S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

I will elaborate for those that aren’t familiar. (No, I didn’t create this goal setting criteria- I will not take credit-just sharing information that I paid about $2K a class for- thanks college)

  • S: Goals have to be specific: You can’t just say I want to be a singer- there are way too many genres of music (duh)
  • M: Goals have to be measurable: You have to be able to monitor your progress somehow. Example: I want to lose 10 pounds in 3 months vs. (non-example) I want to lose weight.
  • A: Goals have to be Attainable: This is when you get real with yourself. Is this a realistic goal? If you say I want to lose 100 pounds in 1 month: Is your goal specific? yes. Is it measurable? yes. Is it attainable? NO. That’s just unrealistic. Be real with yourself. If you are wanting to set a a goal of saving $1000 as an “Emergency Fund” in 2 months, but you don’t have $500 to spare each month, than it isn’t a realistic goal IN YOUR TIME FRAME.
  • R: Goals need to be relevant (duh)
  • T: Goals have to be time-bound: If you don’t give yourself a timeframe for completing things then you have eternity to do them and they probably won’t ever get done. There is a reason they coined the term “procrastinator”- and it’s not because people get things done on time. Break your goal up into steps and give each step a due date. This helps me so much because then my goals don’t seem so overwhelming. For example: When I told myself I wanted to give nursing one last shot, I started by saying ” I will get these classes done by the end of the summer” and “I will take that class online while working.” All of my classes will be completed by Dec. 2017. I took it step by step.
  • E: Evaluate your goals- goals should be fluid, not set in stone. Life happens, ideas change. You should be able to evaluate your goals in order to determine if you need to modify them. There is nothing wrong with extending a due date.
  • R: Goals should be revisable– see “E”. I feel like these steps go hand in hand. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. If you’re making progress then you are working towards your goal. Just need to see if you’re being a slow poke or not (kidding but kinda not).

Now that’s some intense goal setting if I do say so myself.

I really want to stress that goal setting takes PLANNING. If you really want to be successful and crush your goal, whatever it may be, then laying out how you are going to do it would really benefit you. Honestly, I probably should have done some goal setting before starting this blog, because now I have started and I have no idea what I’m doing or where I’m going.

But I want all of you to tell me what are some ways you stay motivated to reach your goals! What helps you? What kind of goals are you wanting to achieve?


That’s right! I’m not selling you a darn thing. I have blessed you all with some very feminine floral goal setting printables (that are just OH SO INSPIRING) that I created using Canva (not an affiliate link).

I would say “Thank me later” but honestly, you may not like them, want them, or you may print them and never use them. Just trying to inspire you all and myself to make positive change in our lives!

They are completely free once you subscribe to my blog. I win, you win (that is how this works duh- I ain’t working for free…..well actually I am but would it kill you to subscribe?).


  • Brittany June 5, 2018 at 8:02 pm Reply

    Setting goals, easily something I think we can lose sight of once we hit adulthood. Especially if you are busy and just trying to make from day to day surviving the onslaught of work and family obligations. What a great printable to help reestablish the importance of setting some attainable goals and posting them where you can see them everyday! Thanks for the free worksheets – they are beautiful!

    • hillaryhood08 June 5, 2018 at 8:06 pm Reply

      Girl, none of this would have happened without you. We should all be thanking YOU!! I’m so glad you like them!

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