How to Set Weekly Goals

It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau

Can you hear the song: “Time Keeps on ticking, ticking, ticking into the future?” How true this is and also why it is so important to plan time faithfully.  Because as the song implies, your time will tick into the future whether you are ready or not!

The Late Stephen Covey’s method for weekly planning is a powerful relational and time management tool.  The key is to identify your primary roles in life and then be sure to set a key goal or two for each role prior to getting pulled into what I call the “current” of life’s minor emergencies.

Example of Major Roles with weekly goals:

  • Child of God – Read Bible daily, Bible study Wed
  • Individual – Exercise daily
  • Spouse – Lunch on Wednesday
  • Parent – Prom pictures, Lacrosse games Mon and Thurs
  • Household Manager – Laundry, groceries, meal plan
  • Daughter/Son – Take mom lunch
  • Employee/Business Owner – McKenzie file
  • Church Member – Soul Care meeting Thursday
  • Community Leader – Research zoning issues for Mon Meeting
  • Club/Interest Group Member – bring dessert

Once you have evaluated your important relationships/roles and scheduled your goals for the week on your calendar: you are now free to plan the basic To-Do’s in this way: Must do, could do, should do, or a waste of time to do. Don’t even transfer the time wasters to the calendar and schedule the could do’s last – perhaps on a list entitled Margin Moment To Do’s. If extra time presents itself and your priorities have been met, choose a Margin Moment goal to work on during this free time.

I would love to know what you have found effective in your weekly goal setting and if you give this system a go for the first time, let us know what worked well and what you will alter.

Research shows you are more likely to accomplish what you write down, up to 80-90% more likely! Happy Goal Setting!


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