5 Visual Ways to Help Achieve Your Goals

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Knowing what your goals are and seeing them in black and white are two different things. Here are some tips for creating visuals that will help you achieve more.

To Do Lists

Probably the most mundane action item for any goal or project is the To Do List. Remind anyone of the age-old advice to break things into manageable pieces? Let’s be honest for a moment, though. We’ve all added small tasks to a list just to enjoy the feeling of crossing them off. This feeling is what makes To Do Lists one of the tried-and-true visual ways to achieve any goal, and one that you probably already use.

Make it “Pretty”

Whatever method(s) you use to organize your thoughts, make it look nice. Bullet journaling has been a trendy process lately and offers a quick way to see what types of tasks you have coming up. If that’s not your style, maybe you have a favorite template that beautifully identifies specific areas you want to improve. Whether you want something more traditional, feminine, or geometric, organize your thoughts in some fashion so that you aren’t creating stress with a haphazard, barely legible page of chicken scratches. A little time here will make a big impact.

Set Timeframes

Nothing motivates most of us better than a looming deadline, but what happens when there are no strict deadlines, or if multiple items have a similar priority level? Setting a timeframe for working on these tasks can help define the project and create some of the focus that deadlines provide us. These timeframes could be a day, week, month or even a year! A great example is someone who decides to set aside one weekend a month to volunteering. This allows them to focus on the experience of volunteering without letting other projects infringe on that time. Another example would be a great small business practice of using Monday-Thursday to work on projects for clients, while using Friday to work on the business itself.

Try a Priority Visual

Lay out your projects or tasks in ascending order in accordance to their priority level. Allow for change by creating this on a whiteboard, chalkboard, or maybe a hanging string you can clip tasks to. Knowing what needs to be your focus and seeing it there above the other things you may want to be doing instead will help prevent you from slipping back into these other activities. As needs change, you can rearrange. Similar to a to do list, when you’re done with a task there is joy in removing it from the visual.

Reward Yourself

This may not sound like a visual way to achieve a goal, but it can be a very important piece of motivation. Sure a few minutes on Facebook after completing a task is great, and so is having a nice dessert to celebrate a job well done! Don’t get rid of those. This idea, however, suggests that you find an image or an item that represents what you are striving for. Maybe it's a photo of Paris or a new camera you really want. Maybe it’s an image of your child who you get to see when you wrap up a week-long seminar. Having that reminder in sight while you’re arranging priorities and pushing yourself through the extra work will provide a reason to stay the course and complete the goal.

Humans are visual creatures, and these small actions can have a big impact on productivity, organization and the likelihood that tasks are completed. How else could you visually improve your goal achievement?

Use Goals.com

Of all of the visual components of goal setting that we’ve covered in this article, I’ve found that Goals.com has been fantastic for having both my tasks the day and my long-term goals right in front of me. Not only that, but it keeps me updated on tasks that are due and even sends custom notifications to help me achieve certain goals. Also, I feel like the vision board is a nice feature for those who want constantly want an image to remind them of their goals for motivation. Goals.com has been a welcome addition into my life and would be great for those who achieve things visually.

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Becky VanSandt
Crafter by nature, customer service manager by trade, Wisconsinite by blood, sports enthusiast by choice. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism/strategic communication and master's degrees in sports administration and business administration. I work full time in event customer service while also managing a small online retail business and writing content for the bookish blog, Literary Quicksand.