Dreamer to Do-er: How to Get Shit Done

Top: Revolve; Skirt: Club Monaco (similar here and here); Shoes: Gucci

With the long weekend behind us and a new week (and month) to look forward to, I wanted to focus on goals. I’m not talking about the good ol’ new years resolution that nobody keeps. I’m talking real, achievable goals that are made throughout the year. Goals which are measurable with a very specific outcome. So, that being said, here is my 6 step guide to setting goals and making sure I get them done.

Write it down
The first step to goal-setting is writing it down. Having the words stare at you makes it seem more real than if you set it in your mind. And this way, you can hold yourself accountable.

Think Macro and Micro
There are two types of goals – large ones, and smaller ones you set in order to achieve the large one. For example, if I wanted to increase traffic to my blog by 100 unique monthly visitors by the end of the month, I’d need to set specific weekly goals in order to meet that target. The micro goal I’d set, then, would be to increase the number of blog posts I’m writing in a week.

Be Specific
Sure you can set an ambiguous goal such as ‘I want to be fitter this month’, but what does that really mean? When you’re setting a goal, make sure it’s specific so you can follow through. So if your goal is fitness related, write ‘I want to go to the gym 3 times a week’ or ‘I want to attend 10 fitness classes this month’.

Give yourself a deadline
When you’re assigned a project at work, you don’t just tackle it at a wishy-washy pace. You pursue the project with passion and urgency in order to meet deadlines. Similarly, when you’re setting a goal, make sure you give yourself a deadline. This could be as small as organizing your closet over the weekend, or as big as signing up for a half marathon.

Be realistic
Let’s be real, no one goes from being a novice runner to a marathoner in a month. So whatever your goal is, make sure it’s realistic.

Reward yourself
It’s important to celebrate victories in life, no matter how big or small. This can be anything from buying yourself your favourite dessert or treating yourself to a vacation. Whatever it is, when you meet a goal, recognize it and pat yourself on the back for being the girl (or guy) boss that you are!

Photography by Erin Leydon

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  1. September 5, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    This is so true. I’ve realised that when i set general goals i get demotivated easier than if i set specific ones.
    Being freelancer as we are is hard sometimes so goals keep us on track. I’d love if you make a post on how you keep yourself into a routine because i’m finding that too damn hard.
    Anyway, i absolutely love this pics babe. You look stunning.
    lefashionaire.com

  2. September 5, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Oh yes to this list! I think a lot of us are stressing out about the goals for 2017 as fall is here and time is “running up”. But love these concrete ideas, especially being realistic about the goals and write them down! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  3. September 5, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    This is so true! Love this post so much.
    You look absolutely amazing. Stunning photos as always babe. Xx

  4. September 5, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    Always so beautiful and well spoken. Couldn’t agree more, hope you achieve all of your goals for the month!!

    xx, Amy
    https://www.theluxilook.com

  5. September 6, 2017 / 12:25 am

    Great post. I’m awesome at making to-do list. Doing the things on the to-do list however, not so much. I hope to get better!!! Also love the photo location, so great!

    Kara Aragon
    http://www.thekaragon.com

  6. Amy
    September 6, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Love your black and white. So gorgeous. And yes, I totally agree on all counts. I have to write it down, be realistic, and always reward. 😉

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  7. September 6, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    s’true! Writing down goals helps them manifest! I do it every January.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this outfit. The style of this top was made for you, just like the gingham one you’ve worn

    http://www.luellapearl.com
    Caitlin

  8. September 6, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    I always plan so many thing and have so many goals but a real problem to achieve them! I need some tips and help I think! I have to keep these great tips in mind, thank you for sharing!

    http://violettedaily.com

  9. September 6, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    So on point! Writing goals down is actually a very good tip! I always do that and it keeps me more motivated to achieving it :). Also loved your outfit, wrap tops suit you really well. Wishing you a great day. xx

    Andreea,

  10. September 7, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    All the tips are really on point, Siff, thanks so much for sharing. I find it difficult to think micro when setting some goals, so I will try to take this on board. Loving your outfit and makeup today ♥ Hope you are having a great week, gorgeous!

    Saida | She talks Glam

  11. September 9, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Love your top, it’s gorgeous. The location you shot this outfit at is so nice too. These are all really great tips Siffat, I love what you said about being specific and also about setting deadlines. I rarely ever set a deadline whenever I set a goal, I should start doing that. xx
    Coco Bella Blog

  12. September 10, 2017 / 11:11 am

    I adapt the same tips as you have here. I am such an OCD when it comes to getting stuff done – that’s why I set deadlines too. It gets me motivated to get things done rather than wait later to finish them as the deadline motivates me to do them when I am able to.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  13. September 11, 2017 / 3:05 am

    What a cute location and outfit! I just love it! Plus the tips were really good, I always try to live by some of the same principles. Thanks for sharing!
    Elise | http://www.elisebythepiece.com

  14. Julia R
    September 12, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    Thank you for these great tips, Siffat. I have just been thinking that I need to be more organised and I am going to follow all these steps!
    On another note, I love everything about your outfit and this is the perfect backdrop!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com/

  15. September 15, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    My favorite part about having goals is rewarding myself in the end, hah! (kinda joking) Beautiful outfit!!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

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