When making your goals, you want to be as precise as possible. For example, if you want to read more, your goal shouldn’t be “I want to read more,” but instead many “I want to complete my Goodreads Challenge of 35 books by the end of 2016, so that I can work towards cleaning out my TBR.” In this case, you are and should be answering the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, and why).
Now it’s time to get serious. At this point of the stage, you want to ask yourself “is trying to accomplish this really worth my time?” Time is something that goes away after it’s been used up, and you only have so much. Think about it, will the accomplishment of this goal help you succeed in your overall long term goals? Of course, you could always do it for fun, but don’t let it get in the way of other goals that you need to do!
The last thing you need to think about before putting your goal into action is to constrain/limit the amount of time you have to complete it! Why? Because for procrastinators like me, you wait till the last minute to do things, and you’ll never get it done in time. For example, last year I set a goal to read 30 books in 2015. If I didn’t set that time limit, I would probably still be at 20-something books right now lol. The time limit gives you a sense of urgency to actually complete it, and not procrastinate! Please don’t procrastinate!