Welcome to Part 2 of our goal setting series. I hope you have your list of goals from yesterday. We now need to look at each goal and set a plan. Let’s continue with our example from yesterday, looking at the first part of the final goal “I will workout 5 days per week”.
Start thinking about what is required to begin (or continue!) working out 5 days per week. How much time can you allot to working out? 30 minutes? 1 hour? Different depending on the day? Maybe Monday, Wednesday and Friday you have an hour to spare but Tuesday and Thursday you only have 30 minutes. Ok – then say you decide that MWF you will do an hour including both cardio and weight training. Tuesday you might do some high intensity intervals and Thursday you will recover with a yoga or Pilates class. Remember, these are only examples but you want to create a very specific plan.
Now let’s look at some other issues to consider. When are you going to workout? First thing in the morning? During your lunch break? After work? If before or during work – will you shower at the gym? You’ll need to pack a bag of both gym and shower essentials! If after work, will you go home first or go straight to the gym? I’d go straight there if I were you but that will require packing a bag the night before and remembering to bring it to work with you. Think this all through!
Now – how about where are you going to work out? Do you have a gym membership? Do you know how to workout? Maybe your plan needs to include shopping around for gyms or hiring a personal trainer to help you get started. Or buying a pair of running shoes. Maybe you need to find some good websites online to help you create or download workouts. Consider all of this. Will you spend time on Sunday writing out or downloading workouts? Go to the gym with a plan to get the most out of your time.
So finally – what do you need to purchase or dig out of storage to get going? Do you have workout clothes? A gym bag? A workout log to track your progress? If you want to use pen and paper, my personal favorite log is this one. I’ve bought and thrown away tons, this one finally met my needs. I now use the FitNotes App on my phone and I love pushing myself to try to earn trophies regularly.
All of these are just examples, but you need to truly plan out how you will reach each goal on your list. As you can see, a lot of work goes into it which is why right now I only want you focusing on your most important goals. Work through this, envision everything you will need on hand to be able to successfully reach your goals and write them down. Tomorrow we’ll work on putting the plan into action.