Setting goals when you don’t know what you want

Today, Ali Hale has a wonderful post on goal setting over on the blog Dumb Little Man. The post, “How to Set Goals When You Have No Idea What You Want,” talks about how to set goals for the less-ambitious things in life.

We’ve written in the past about how determining what matters to you most is an important aspect of uncluttering. Not only does focusing on what matters most to you keep up your motivation, but it also helps you to decide priorities for your time, energy, money, and space. “How to Set Goals When You Have No Idea What You Want” is a great resource for getting you thinking about the day-to-day things that are important to you.

A “goal” is simply something which you’d like to do or achieve. It could be buying a house or a car, yes, but it could also be something which might matter to no-one in the world except you — perhaps your goal is to learn to bake cakes as good as the ones your grandma used to make.

Goals aren’t things that you feel you “should” do, and any good life coach will steer you away from goals that have been imposed upon you by other people.

Spend 15, 20, or 60 minutes working on determining what matters most to you. Uncluttering will be easier and more productive when you know why you’re simplifying your life.

3 Comments for “Setting goals when you don’t know what you want”

  1. posted by Chris Edgar | Purpose Power Coaching on

    Thanks for this — I’d add that I find this exercise useful in separating what I really want from what I “should” want — I make a list of possible goals to pursue, and I notice how my body feels as I read each one. The openness, or contraction, I feel helps me to see where my instincts really want me to go. best, Chris

  2. posted by Lily Strange on

    This is excellent advice. Thank you.

  3. posted by mdm on

    I think these are terrific pieces of advice, but I am curious, why my comment was deleted? I saw it posted and then later in the day, saw it had been edited out. On the Dumb Little Man site, the screen saver might be offensive to some women — and to some of your viewers.. Feel free to answer offline, but just curious why the comment was edited out.. Thanks..

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