The challenge of goal-setting is finding the right goals for you. I learned that lesson the hard way when I found myself almost a year into my career and feeling like a total failure. I realized that a good work ethic and a list of goals wasn’t quite enough to achieve my goals.
The missing secret ingredient? I needed better goals and goals tailored to me. Instead of comparing myself to others around me and feeling “behind” or “unworthy,” I needed to focus on smaller goals, better goals, and tackle things one at a time. If you find yourself in a similar place, here are a whopping 100 weekly goal ideas and weekly focus ideas to help you reach your goals.
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Weekly Focus Ideas
Before diving into the weekly goal ideas, first we need to establish proper focus for our goal setting and goal achieving.
Finding a sense of focus in a world of confusion can be challenging. As a new adult and young professional, you may feel like there is always a lot going on, and I can definitely relate. Between juggling finances, vibrant social lives, occasionally long work hours, relaxation and me-time, and all of the other commitments we have, it’s no wonder that it’s been hard to focus in this stage of life (i.e. adulting).
What is a weekly focus?
To combat the plague of busyness that can easily overtake our lives, it is helpful to have a weekly focus. A weekly focus is a word, phrase, or quote that inspires you and encompasses the intentions you’ve set for the week. Often your weekly focus will directly reflect a purposeful objective, aspiration, or intention. In other words,
It helps you find North, guides you in the right direction, and keeps you from straying off the path. When things get busy and the world tries to pull you in all directions, the weekly focus will help you remember what’s most important.
What are examples of weekly focus ideas?
A weekly focus can take many formats: words, phrases, quotes, Bible verses, etc. If you’re crafty, it may be a design, a collage, a poem, or a journal reflection.
Since my artistic talent isn’t refined enough to publish here, I’ll offer up several “wordy” examples of weekly focus ideas. Feel free to use these examples to come up with your own weekly focus idea! I hope they inspire you to set the right intention for your week.
40+ Examples of weekly focus ideas:
- Weekly Focus Ideas for Balanced Living
- Healthy Living
- Simple Living
- Laughter is Medicine
- Grateful Living
- Less Screen Time
- Balanced Life
- Cherish Life
- Work Related Weekly Focus Ideas
- Never Stop Learning
- Find a New Perspective
- Empowering Yourself
- Fight Imposter Syndrome
- Confidence and Composure
- Learn to Say No
- Create New Things
- Find a New Angle
- Weekly Focus Ideas for Adulting
- Curb the Spending
- Declutter And Clean
- Let’s Get Organized
- Worry Less
- Focus Less on Work
- Spend Wisely
- Celebrate the good things 🎉
- Mindset Related Weekly Focus Ideas
- Healthy Mindset
- Positive Outlooks
- Stay Calm and Stress Less
- Be Your Authentic Self
- Lighten Up
- Be Kind
- Show Gratitude
- Spiritual Related Weekly Focus Ideas
- Focus on God
- Know Your Worth
- Trust God’s Plan And Will
- Rejoice Always
- Stand Up for What’s Right
- Bible Verses, like 2 Timothy 1:7, Isaiah 43:13, Psalm 46:5
- Encouraging Weekly Focus Ideas
- Keep Your Head Up
- Try and Try Again
- Encourage and Inspire Others
- Be Your Own Cheerleader
- Give Generously
- Other Weekly Focus Ideas
- Meaningful Interactions
- Explore New Things
- Adventure Time
- Make Memories
- Genuine Interactions
- One Word Weekly Focus Ideas
Choosing an Idea as a Weekly Focus
Using the examples of weekly focus ideas above, it’s time to brainstorm your own weekly focus ideas. Choosing a weekly focus will help you set weekly goals.
As you read over the examples above and brainstorm some of your own, notice which ones jump at you. What sticks out to you? In your assessment of your brainstormed list, also consider:
- Why do certain weekly focus ideas stick out to you?
- Why does that weekly focus idea inspire you?
- What other emotions, feelings, or words do you associate with that weekly focus idea?
- How do you imagine this weekly focus fitting into this week?
- How would the past week have changed if you had this focus in mind?
- What types of personal goals for work, home, school, etc. relate to this focus idea?
Once you’ve used these questions to choose a weekly focus idea, celebrate! Write it down in your planner or organizer. Put it on a sticky note to put on your work desk or scribble it in a weekly goals template. Do whatever you need to do to keep that weekly focus on your mind all week.
With a weekly focus set, that leads us to setting personal goals!
Using a Weekly Focus Idea to Set Goals
When setting a personal goal or a weekly goal, it’s important to choose a weekly focus idea first. The weekly focus helps you determine what types of personal goals you need to be setting.
For example, if my weekly focus is “Valuable Interactions,” then perhaps this week, I want to prioritize meaningful time with those in my social and work circles.
Instead of sending sporadic texts throughout the week, maybe I’ll pick up the phone and facetime with a friend. Instead of emails, I may call a coworker and ask them how they’re doing before diving headfirst into what I need. When it comes to how I spend my time, I may forgo the binge-watching of streaming services, and go on a walk with my family.
All the examples of goal ideas stem from the weekly focus of “Valuable Interactions.” I used the focus to brainstorm weekly goal ideas that would bring to life my weekly focus.
Your turn! With your weekly focus in mind, brainstorm how that focus might manifest in different areas of your life: home, work, relationships, school, church, hobbies, etc. Once you’ve got a couple of weekly goal ideas, dive straight into setting better goals tailored to you.
How to Set Weekly Goals
Now that you have chosen a weekly focus idea and brainstormed possible weekly goal ideas, what’s next? Actually setting personal goals for yourself and doing it in a way that makes it likely that you’ll achieve them.
The advice for “how to set weekly goals” and “how to set goals” in general is a bit all over the place. There are lots of methods, tools, and templates to help you succeed, but it can be a bit overwhelming.
For new adults and young professionals, there are 3 items that I consider imperative for setting personal goals, whether they’re daily goals, weekly goals, or far off goals.
- Use the SMART Goal framework as a reference and guide.
- Set Realistic Goals. The smaller the goal, the better!
- Set Goals for YOU (and only YOU)!
What are SMART Goals?
SMART goals is a framework taught in business schools across the country (I should know since I graduated from one), but it applies to many other facets of life.
Each letter of SMART in SMART goals stands for a certain attribute of the goal. SMART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
- Specific: Avoid goals that are general, vague, or lofty and instead create goals that are concrete and clear.
- Measurable: How do you know that you’ve achieved a goal? By measuring your progress or the results.
- Attainable: Your personal goals should always be realistic considering the other factors at play in your life. I’ll expound on this idea in the next section.
- Relevant: It’s no good to have a goal that doesn’t relate to what you are trying to accomplish overall. For that reason, having a weekly focus idea in mind will help you in setting relevant personal goals for yourself.
- Time-Bound: Giving yourself a deadline motivates you to work toward your goal and be proactive about your progress.
How to Set Weekly Goals that are SMART
The better a goal is, the more likely you are to achieve it. It’s the high, lofty, unattainable goals that make us feel like a failure. Usually, we just needed to reassess the goal itself and the SMART framework helps us do that.
Built within the SMART framework are a couple of tools to assist you in creating better goals.
It helps you create clear, concrete goals that you can be confident and eager to achieve.
Keep the five attributes in mind as you start setting your own personal goals. Now to expound on the A in SMART – attainable.
What is a realistic goal?
My second tip for how to set weekly goals is to pick realistic goals. A realistic goal is one that you feel confident about achieving without a lot of stress, blood, sweat, and tears.
While it’s normal to assume that you should have to work hard to achieve a goal, it shouldn’t be something that you achieve by sacrificing in all other areas of your life, like health, work, relationships, general well-being, and sleep. You need sleep!
With a realistic goal, you should be able to form a general path in your mind for how you can achieve the goal. It should excite you, but not stress you out.
It should be something you have to work to achieve, but you should feel confident about your ability to achieve it with the time, tools, and talent you have.
Why Setting Realistic Weekly Goals are Important
By no means am I saying that you shouldn’t have dreams, hopes, or aspirations. Those are all important parts of who you are and the purpose God has for you in life.
However, when it comes to the 7 days in a week, we want to pick a goal that we feel comfortable achieving. Otherwise, we will get to the end of the week and feel disappointed and maybe even like a failure. These feelings demotivate us to set goals for the next week and discourage us from continuing to work toward our goals.
But the truth is, if we didn’t set a realistic goal, then those feelings of failure are untrue!
We’re discouraged and demotivated for no reason. The goal was simply out of our reach from day one.
Why Small Goals Help You Set Realistic Weekly Goals
To avoid the spiral of setting unrealistic goals and feeling like a failure at the end of the week, I encourage you to set better goals and more realistic goals.
I faced this exact problem when I started my blog and had zero traffic and little interaction, which was mostly from friends and family that I bothered by sending my posts over and over again. I realized that without the proper tools and knowledge of blogging and SEO, my goal of getting more traffic to my site was unachievable. So I had to adapt and create a more realistic and smaller goal.
I asked myself, what is one thing I can do this week to help me achieve the goal of getting more traffic to my blog? The answer: take one self-paced free course on blogging. It was a small goal, a better goal, and one that I could accomplish in a week.
Once I achieved it, I asked again, “What is one thing I can do this week to help me achieve my goal?“
By repeating this method, I’ve made many small weekly goals that bring me one step closer to achieving my overarching goal of getting traffic to my blog.
So think small! And then celebrate the success of the small goals to motivate you for next week’s goals.
How do you write down your goals?
After using the SMART goals framework and choosing realistic weekly goals, the next step to setting personal goals is to write them down! How?
You can write down your goals by using a planner or organizer, a weekly goals template, daily goals tracker, bullet journal, planning pad, or calendar. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s in a place that you’ll remember to check throughout the week.
Using Planners to Set and Track Goals
My preferred method of tracking goals is to use a planner or organizer. There are many different types of planners built for home, work, productivity, or all of the above.
Using a planner to set and track your goals is convenient because you’ll have your personal goals from week to week all in one place. Some planners have both day, week, and month views so that you can set goals for different time periods and see how you progress throughout the month or year.
ErinCondren has a dedicated planner for weekly intentions and goals.
Weekly Goals Template (Free Printable)
Another option is to use a weekly goals template to choose and set your goals. Templates like this will often include pages to help you brainstorm your goals and have a place for you to put your weekly focus. Some will even have space for you to break down your goal into smaller goals and tasks so that you can track things even more closely.
If you’re looking for a weekly goals template, check out the one that I’ve made for my readers. (No opt-in required). The link to download is below the next header. —>
Daily Goals Tracker (Free Printable)
Similar to the weekly goals template, a daily goals tracker helps you get into the tiny details of your weekly goals. These are especially helpful if you have a weekly goal that requires you to reach a certain objective or achievement every day.
For example, if your goal is to drink more water this week, you may aim to drink six glasses of water and one cup of tea per day. A daily goals tracker makes tracking that daily goal even easier than the weekly goals template.
If that sounds like it lines up with a weekly goal idea you had, check out my daily goals tracker here. (No opt-in required). It also includes the weekly goal template mentioned above.
How to Set Weekly Goals Recap
So to recap, this is how to set weekly goals:
- Use the SMART Goal framework as a reference and guide.
- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound
- Set Realistic Goals.
- The smaller the goal, the better!
- Set Goals for YOU (and only YOU)!
- Don’t pick a goal just because someone else picked one. We are all unique and have different priorities, responsibilities, and desires.
Choose a personal goal that reflects who YOU want to be, and stop comparing your goals (and your successes) to others.
I’ll add one more step for how to set weekly goals.
4. Write down your goals!
- Remember the busyness of the young professional / new adult life that I mentioned before? Well, if you want to keep track of your goals amidst the craziness, I highly recommend that you write down your goals.
And now that we know how to set weekly goals and have tools and weekly goal templates at our disposal, let’s get to the weekly goal ideas!
Weekly Goal Ideas
Now that we know how to set weekly goals and have tools and weekly goal templates at our disposal, let’s get to the weekly goal ideas!
The weekly goal ideas that I’ll cover will include different types of goals in:
- Health & Wellness
- Mindfulness & Growth
- Fun Goals to Set
- General Goal Ideas for Life
As you look through this list of weekly goal ideas, think about how they might relate to your weekly focus idea. Without further ado, here are some good weekly goals for life.
Weekly Goal Ideas for Work
For those whose weekly focus idea relates to work, here are some good weekly goal ideas for that area of life:
- Weekly Goals for Your Working Style
- Meet all your deadlines for the week (maybe even ahead of time).
- Use your time wisely and commit to not working late all week! Close the laptop at 5.
- Use phone calls instead of emails and instant messages.
- Attend all meetings on time or early and spend time getting to know your coworkers more at the beginning.
- Check your email only 5 times a day.
- Weekly Goals for Growth
- Find a mentor or volunteer to be a mentor.
- Find a new training class that interests you and sign up.
- Research conferences to attend in your field or expertise.
- Catch up on your LinkedIn connections and connect with your coworkers on the platform.
- Other Personal Goals for Work
- Volunteer for a giveback opportunity or community outreach opportunity.
- Attend a networking event and exchange contact information with someone new.
- Meet a new coworker and ask them about their work experiences. Have coffee with them.
- Fight the imposter syndrome! Speak up in meetings, work confidently, know that you are qualified, able, and a meaningful part of whatever organization you work in.
Weekly Goal Ideas for Health & Wellness
For those whose weekly focus idea relates to health, here are some good weekly goal ideas for that area of life:
- Healthy Habits
- Drink more water.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Order take out / go out to eat less.
- Try a few new recipes.
- Recipe swap with friends and try a new one.
- Cook a new recipe with a friend.
- Exercise more often. (Exercise more days than I don’t exercise.)
- Exercise right after work / Exercise before work.
- Find a type of exercise that I enjoy doing and do that exercise twice this week.
- Sign up for a gym and go at least three times this week.
- Try out different gyms in my area.
- Exercise with a friend. (We love having company!)
- General Wellness
- Get more sleep! Sleep 7-9 hours every night.
- Get up earlier (so you can drink your tea / coffee in peace).
- Don’t use electronics 1 hour before going to bed.
- Set aside at least fifteen minutes of every day to take time for yourself.
- Give up streaming services and TV for a week.
Weekly Goal Ideas for Mindfulness & Growth
For those whose weekly focus idea relates to mindfulness and growth, here are some good weekly goal ideas for that area of life:
- Clean out your bookshelf and give away books to a donation center or have a book swap with a group of friends.
- Go to the library and browse the different sections. Pick 3 different types of books to read this month.
- Read news articles from different magazines and newspapers to educate yourself on a topic.
- Discuss the topic with a friend and see what you can learn from them.
- Developing New or Old Skills
- Find a class for a skill you’re interested in developing.
- Practice a new or old skill every day. (Like playing an instrument).
- Research skills that may be helpful for you in your career or future career.
- Foreign Language Learning
- Find a language partner.
- Sign up for a language class.
- Practice your second (or third, fourth, fifth, etc.) language for 30 mins every day.
- Read 6 news articles in a foreign language.
- Social Media
- Take a break from social media.
- Only check social media networks once a day each.
- Only post once a day on each platform.
- Don’t post or check social media all week.
- Find encouraging and uplifting people to follow on social media.
- Post kind words and uplifting images to encourage others.
Weekly Goal Ideas for Relationships
For those whose weekly focus idea relates to relationships, here are some good weekly goal ideas for that area of life:
Weekly Goal Ideas that involve spending time with others:
- Weekly Goal Ideas for Relationships
- Host a movie night and watch old movies with your friends and family.
- Catch up with an old friend over the phone or a video call.
- Write a letter to someone who would be least expecting it but would appreciate it the most.
- Make an effort to meet someone new at church; welcome a visitor and introduce them to your other friends at church.
- Go out to eat with a friend or family member you rarely have a chance to see.
- Gather friends together to do an activity you’ve been wanting to do for a while, like hiking or going to a museum.
- Call your parents. No matter how far (or close) you are to them, they always appreciate it!
Weekly Goal Ideas for Your Spiritual Life
For those whose weekly focus idea relates to your relationship with Jesus, here are some good weekly goal ideas for that area of life:
- Weekly Goal Ideas for the Christian Life
- Read the Bible every day. Read through a whole book or passage of Scripture.
- Start the morning with a prayer of praise and gratitude.
- Memorize a favorite Bible verse; recite it every day.
- Journal your prayers this week and write about how you’ve seen God working in your life.
- Encourage and pray for a fellow Christian friend.
- Be thankful! Find something different to thank the Lord for every day.
- Find a creative way to show God’s love to others.
Weekly Goal Ideas: Fun Goals to Set
For those whose weekly focus idea relates to fun, adventure, or just enjoying life, here are some fun goals to set:
- Support a local business by trying a new restaurant.
- Get up thirty minutes earlier every morning and do something fun to start off your day.
- Reorganize and color code your closet.
- Read a book 📚 and/or finish a chapter every day of the week.
- Send some unexpected gifts to your friends and family and / or tell them how much they mean to you.
- Do fifteen minutes of calm breathing / yoga every morning or before you go to bed.
- Find all of the touristy places in your hometown and make a plan to visit them. Drag a friend along!
General Weekly Goal Ideas for Life
Included in this last list of goals to set for yourself are some general weekly goal ideas:
- Set up all of your routine doctor appointments for the month or year.
- Organize your papers and files (print and on your computer).
- Load the dishes every night before bed. No dirty dishes in the sink overnight!
- Pick a room that needs a deep clean and dedicate a few hours to getting the task done.
- Clean out your closet and donate your clothes and accessories to a second hand store or charity.
- Vacuum the house. Dust the furniture. Mop the floors. (You get the gist.)
- Make a budget.
- Track your expenses.
- Don’t do any online shopping for the week. (Yes, even Amazon.)
Daily Goal Ideas
If you prefer to track goals on a daily basis, you can definitely do that with this list. Take one of the weekly goal ideas listed above and consider how you can break the goal down into even smaller goals.
For example, if your goal is to write a chapter of your book (like I am doing currently) then how could you break that into smaller more manageable pieces? Let’s say a chapter is 14 pages, then for that week you can commit to writing two pages a day.
If your goal is to spend less time watching streaming services (this is also very relatable for me), then come up with another activity that you can do besides watching TV every night of the week. Each of those activities can be a daily goal for you.
Voilà! You can turn any weekly goal into smaller goals and track them daily.
Creating Goal Ideas for 2021
While this post is full of ideas for weekly goals, feel free to compile a list of goals to set for yourself and create larger goal ideas for 2021. Pick a monthly or yearly focus to set your sights on and start brainstorming.
Just make sure that whatever goals you pick are still realistic, clear, and meaningful to you.
Need Help Coming up with Goals? Read: Personal Goals Every Young Professional Should Consider For 2021
What are examples of goals for 2021?
If you’re still not sure where to start when it comes to 2021, here are my goals for 2021. See one you like? Feel free to steal it for yourself. 🙂
- Finding a new mentor at work who can help me develop my skills further.
- Lead a team or manage a project on my own at work.
- Find a type of exercise I enjoy doing and commit to doing it more often.
- Spend more time with friends and family and less time on streaming.
- Stop wasting time on social media and read more books instead.
- Do my own grocery shopping instead of ordering out, and try new recipes.
- Learn a new language to the 100-college level and find a language partner.
- Travel to at least two national parks and go hiking while I’m there.
- Donate time or necessities to a nearby charity or church.
- Read the Bible and pray more often, meditating on God’s Word so I can trust him more readily.
I will be working on turning these “goal ideas” for 2021 into more specific goals. Then I’ll break the larger goals into smaller weekly goal ideas.
Who knew setting personal goals could be so fun?!
Whether you agree or not, I hope that all of these tools: the weekly focus ideas, weekly goal ideas, weekly goals template, and daily goal tracker–help you do the same.
What are your goals for the week?
Leave me a comment below!
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