Why it's important to set yourself goals.

I don't know about you, but whenever the word 'goals' used crop up at work or school, it would fill me with dread and make me groan a little. Partly because, if you set goals, you normally have to then evaluate yourself at the end, right? And, let's face it, who likes talking about themselves? It's just so flippin' awkward! Like, yeah, I wanna show you that I'm awesome at my job and all that but actually saying it in a way that's not all arrogant is pretty hard sometimes. 

But, actually, goals are super important, and I'm sure we all have them, even if they're not formally written down in that pretty notebook you have tucked away in your bedside table. 

I like to set myself big and little goals. Like, seriously, they can range from 'get a new job', to 'go the whole day without raiding the fridge for another chocolate biscuit'. But that's what I like about personal goals, they're personal to you, and you can change them.

Goals can drive us forward. They give us something to work towards, something to motivate ourselves with, and this can provide us with an incredible sense of achievement once we've completed them, no matter how big or small that goal may have been.

They can give us a sense of purpose. There's nothing worse than going days and weeks, or completing tasks, and at the end of that time thinking, 'well, what did I actually do that for?', or 'I don't see the point.' I know from personal experience how demotivating this can be, so having personal goals set, can make even those menial tasks seem that little bit better. Think of them of little steps forward towards where you want to be.

You can use them to document how far you've come. Whether it be with losing weight, improving your blog schedule, or doing something new, you can look back at the first goals you ever set yourself and be proud that you're now way ahead!

They can enable us to focus. Like I touched on before, setting yourself even the tiniest goals can motivate you to complete tasks you might not otherwise have had the motivation to do. They can improve how you manage your time, and can enable us to focus our energy into the right things!

Goals make you, and only you, accountable. I don't know about you, but I hate not completing something. I hate not completing something that I know I could've done, and I hate completing something to a lower standard than I know I can achieve. Like when I publish a proper rushed blog post 'cause omg I haven't blogged in a week and please don't leave me kinda thing.
Having those goals at the back of your mind means that it's now totally down to you to prove to yourself that, basically, you got this.

Do you set yourself goals?



  1. I love this, Soph. It's so important to set a variety of goals & have a plan for how to achieve them. :]

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  2. Such a good post - I think its so important to have goals, even if they are mini ones!

    Lucy | Forever September

  3. Yes! Such a fantastic post. And I do set myself goals, big or small! I like small ones because if I hit them, I feel proud of myself. Even more so with the big ones!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  4. Loved this & I definitely agree! I constantly set myself new goals because they give me something to work towards and keep me motivated. Like you said, no matter how big or small a goal is, you'll always get that amazing feeling of accomplishing something after achieving them :)

    Sara x / aboutlittlethiings.blogspot.com

  5. I'm always set goals and then changing them to make them more achievable so I don't feel like I've failed! I'm currently trying not to eat chocolate until easter (with a few days off while I celebrate my birthday) But I definitely have goals that range from 'Be the best human in the world' to 'JUST STOP EATING CHIPS PLEASE!' and I think that balance is definitely needed to make things achievable!


  6. I love this, I'm definitely going to set myself more goals now!


  7. Loved this! I always like to set myself little goals as it helps to motivate me each month xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

  8. I'm allll about goals! I try to be flexible a bit but I def need to have an idea of where I want to be.

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

  9. YAS, YAS, YAS. Goals are such a good motivator I find it's good to have goals and then rewards too - so at the moment I am telling myself I can get a bunny rabbit when I finish my dissertation.... I also have a biscuit (or five) every time I put a blog post up. Loved this post - so true!


  10. I feel more determined when I have a goal, that I have something to work towards. That's why I set goals at the start of the year especially.