Setting goals is the only tangible way to keep track of your accomplishments. Sure, you might have hopes and dreams to one day accomplish, but without first announcing them, how can you say they’ve been reached? 

So much good can come from setting goals. And we’re all for it! Whether you want to improve something in your personal life or grow professionally, goals are a great way to project yourself forward and into new paths. Once you reach one goal you can set the next one, and so on. 

In order to create goals that will best suit you and your own wishes, take a look at these proven tips and how you can use them for your own customized benefit. 

Find a Medium That Makes Sense to You Personally

Whether you prefer to write things down on a paper calendar, file things digitally, or create a physical vision board, choose the medium that makes the most sense to you. It might be all of the above, or it might be something else completely. There are no rules in how you should set your goals, but the point is to set and document them in some form or another. Without doing so, you can’t get started on your journey toward growth. 

Creating a calendar or goal board of some kind is your starting point. It allows you to write and set up what your accomplishments should be. From there, you can backtrack and set a plan for moving forward. You can create milestones that break up your goals by increments — these smaller timelines allow you to ensure you’re on track to hit your bigger, longer goal. 

Room for Movement

While you’re making goals for a reason, any military spouse knows that circumstances could change at any moment. The economy could change, you could have tough access at getting certain supplies, etc. Leave yourself the ability to adjust your goals and create an altered timeline. Besides, what if you reach your peak early? You don’t sit stagnant for the rest of the year, you make a new goal! 

We know that life could take many unexpected turns. While we hope that’s not the case, give yourself the option to adjust your goals if needed. Even if that option is you knowing it’s a possibility can help. 

Find What Motivates You

You’re going after this goal for a reason. Is it the end result that’s motivating you to achieve it? Will the journey be an enjoyable process? Or will it be a chore and something that’s forced? If it’s the latter, you’ll need to find some motivation along the way. If you have to force yourself to achieve the goal, it’s unlikely that it will get done. Whether you get to use tools or methods that you find exciting, or you implement a type of self-rewarding system, do something that helps motivate you to keep moving toward the finish line.

Make it Visual

Making a goal calendar is more effective when you can easily follow milestones. Add stickers, use the fancy pens, the nice paper — this is your time to use your best office supplies. The more visual your calendar, the better chance you have of following said goals. Charts that mark progress are also a great visual for reminding you of how much you’ve accomplished vs. what’s left to achieve. 

Make it Mobile

Finally, as a military spouse, you know there’s a likely probability that you could leave at any moment. And then what good would your calendar be if you couldn’t take it with you. Leave yourself some type of exit strategy for taking apart and putting the calendar back together at your next duty station. If it’s a typical paper or digital calendar, no big deal. But if you’ve made yourself an elaborate vision board, find a way to take it with you so your goals aren’t lost. 

There are many ways in which you can create a successful goal calendar. How do you set up and implement milestone achievement?