How to Set Weekly Goals

What’s Included?

  • Create a template or download the AIM goal-setting sheet
  • Choose your areas
  • Create small bite-sized goals
  • Track, reflect, and repeat

Weekly goals can be an extremely beneficial way to prepare yourself for your week, keep your priorities organized, manage your time, and make meaningful progress towards your goals. But HOW do you begin? This article will walk you through the process for setting weekly goals!

If you haven’t already created monthly goals, you can check out THIS ARTICLE to set some MONTHLY goals first. Then, you can use your weekly goals to work towards them (optional, but recommended). Using both monthly & weekly planning in combination will help you to break down big goals into smaller bite-sized tasks that you can gradually accomplish throughout the weeks! Here’s how it goes…


1. Create a Template

There are a billion ways to create a template, but I like to create my weekly goals using a grid. Write the days of the week on one axis (you can choose how to organize it & whether you prefer the days of the week to be on the top of the paper or the side – I’ve tried both).

You can also decide whether you want to handwrite your goals or do it digitally. Personally, I like to print the sheet above & then physically write my goals out with a pen & fill in the boxes with crayons (more on this later in this article).

FREE DOWNLOAD:

To download this template, click here!


2. Choose Areas

Choose 6-8 areas of your life to write on the other axis of the paper. These areas should be important and relevant to you this week – but they might change from week to week or over time, and that’s perfectly okay!

Personally, I focus on the following areas:

  • Health
  • Fitness & running
  • AIM
  • Personal projects
  • Instagram & business

PRO TIP:

I also include a section for “other” to include random responsibilities and life things that come up – doctors appointments, birthdays, reminders, etc.

Here are some potential areas you might choose:

  • Health
  • Fitness
  • Social & friends
  • Family
  • Work or career
  • Finances
  • Mental Health
  • Emotional Health
  • Energy
  • Personal Projects – blogs, books, hobbies, etc.
  • Organization
  • Spiritual
  • Romance, love, or relationship
  • Personal Growth
  • Fun or recreation

3. Create Small Goals

Write out small daily goals for each of the days/areas of your life. Here are some examples:

RUNNING & FITNESS:

  • Research half marathon options for 30 minutes
  • Run 5 miles
  • Do 50 crunches
  • Attend yoga class from 7:30 – 8:30 PM

HEALTH:

  • Schedule a doctor appointment
  • Have 2 servings of vegetables
  • Drink 80 oz of water
  • Find a new recipe to try next week

PERSONAL PROJECTS:

  • Practice Spanish 5 minutes each day
  • Spend 30 minutes scrapbooking on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Do the laundry
  • Research how to create a website for an hour
  • Watch a tutorial on website creation

There are ENDLESS options for bite-sized weekly goals, but the important thing is that they are relevant, attainable, and specific. You can always put more than one goal in each box, but make sure that you will have enough time in the day first. Read through your entire row or column of goals for a given day & figure out when you’ll be able to get each one done before finalizing your schedule. You can always move goals around to a day that’s less busy. It’s also okay to leave some boxes totally blank for certain days – this is YOUR goal plan!


4. Track, Reflect, and Repeat

Now that you’ve got your goals, it’s time to keep track! Throughout the week, fill in the boxes as you get your goals done. Personally, I like to print out a blank sheet & then handwrite my goals and fill in the boxes with crayons – but that’s just me! Whatever you choose is perfectly okay. The important thing is that you are keeping track throughout the week & holding yourself accountable.

If you got half of a box done, only color the goal you completed & leave the other goal uncolored. Once the week is over, you’ll be able to see what you completed vs. what you didn’t. You might notice trends in certain areas (you always get your workouts done, but you struggle to do self-care) – this is helpful information that you can use as you continue to set goals each week. You might decide that smaller goals in certain areas are helpful, or that you could use some extra challenge in a certain area. You might realize that an area is no longer important or relevant for you.

Personally, I like to save my previous week’s goal-sheet and then move the “unfinished” goals over to my new weekly goal sheet the next week, so I can make sure they get done! However you choose to do it is absolutely okay. The important thing is that you’re learning from the previous weeks, making adjustments, and continuing to set goals the following week!


Amy Haas
Run with Aim, LLC
UESCA Certified Running Coach
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Certified Nutrition Coach

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