Every Sunday evening at 8 pm I get a notification on my phone that says “Don’t forget your big 3!” What are the big 3? The big 3 are weekly goals that I set. These goals may be related to goals the week before, but they don’t have to be. The purpose of doing “the big 3” is twofold: to review the goals from the week before, and to set new goals for the new week.
When reviewing my old goals from the week before, if there’s one that I didn’t accomplish, I like to refer to the phrase “keep, tweak, or leap.” I either keep the goal, tweak it to make it more specific, attainable, or applicable, or I leap from it and set a new goal altogether. When that’s done, I set goals for the week.
These goals should be set so that they help you reach your big goals, perhaps a goal you set for the year. For instance, if your big goal is to lose weight or get in shape, your weekly goals might be to make sure you’re under your calories this week, or to go to the gym at least 5 times. The most important thing is that your “big 3” goals actually help to move you toward your primary goals, whatever those might be.
Be sure to review your goals daily throughout the week, incorporating them into your days as necessary (or as time allows) to make sure they get done. Use an accountability partner. When the week is done, review your progress and set new goals as necessary. This is the process by which you will be able to make your big goals realistic and attainable, and is the method I use to attain my goals.