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Seasonal goals. I truly consider the changes of the seasons to signal transitions in my life. Especially as a student, the start of fall means new beginnings (and a new semester), winter means the start of a new year (and another new semester), spring is usually an indicator that I need to get my ass sprung into high gear for the end of the semester and making plans for the summer, and summer is reserved for a total recharge and glo’ up.
Prior to the start of each season, I make what I call a “season goals and to do list.”
I use my seasonal goals list workbook and outline every single thing that I want to do or accomplish for that particular season. I find that brainstorming and physically (technologically??) listing out all of my plans, hopes, and goals for the next couple of months really helps alleviate a lot of the anxiety I have regarding what I need to do short-term to get my life together and set myself up in the best way possible for the long term. The whole process is kind of cathartic for me.
It’s a free workbook!
This whole post is going to detail how I make my season goals list. I’ll let you in on how I construct it, what I put on it, and how I use it, AS WELL as giving y’all the pdf workbook that I use to list my seasonal goals for FREE so that you can make your own goals!
The format of my seasonal goals list is essential to really purging my mind of all the unorganized anxiety that plagues me on an everyday basis. It helps to break it down into categories. You are free to add or scratch any of my categories that don’t necessarily apply to you and your life. This list needs to be tailored to your reality in order to really help you.
The workbook will come with some pages that have blank headers so that you can create your own categories!
The headings that I currently use to divide up and organize my list and are used in your free workbook are:
- i. Financial
- ii. Educational
- iii. Career
- iv. Self Care
- v. Domestic
- vi. Treat Yo’ Self
Each heading has about four to six goals or things I need to get done.
Pro tip: Always remember that this is a seasonal list i.e. SHORT TERM. There’s no need to put down anything that can’t realistically be accomplished in a couple months.
Financial obviously means money matters.
This is where I list out my money goals. For example, for this fall my main money goal is to save at least $50 a month. Over the summer my financial goals included getting a summer job, saving enough money to furnish my new apartment (fail), and starting and maintaining a savings fund (even BIGGER fail smh).
Personally, I feel that this category is when you need to be the most vigilant about only setting realistic goals. It was super easy for me to overestimate my financial prowess last summer and I still feel real shitty and stressed over my failures. So don’t be like me. Make realistic goals and be committed to working towards achieving them. I did neither (which is why I adjusted my fall goals to be more realistic for MY lifestyle).
This category right here is what gives me the most anxiety on any given day. As a college student, it’s CRUCIAL that you have a plan and that you revisit and revise that plan every semester. As a transfer student I have A LOT of things that I need to do to make sure that I graduate on time (which is something that I value, not saying that everyone should) so this portion of the list is the most helpful to me. This is where I list out exactly what I need to do regarding class registration, meeting with my advisor, administrative tasks, etc. For this fall my biggest goal on the list is to finish with a 4.0 for the semester.
I truly think that there’s something you could be doing every day to get you closer to where you want to be in your career. Whether it be a new habit you want to form, feedback that you want to implement, or something big like interviewing for a job in your dream field, there’s SOMETHING to be done.
For me personally, this portion of my goal sheet has things like learn a new pole trick, work a certain amount of a days a week, etc.
SELF CARE IS SO IMPORTANT. I’m always trying to find new ways to take care of my body, mind, and spirit. The biggest goal on my list right now is to create and stick to a skin care regime. Other examples are things like committing to getting my hair trimmed every four weeks, being active x amount of times a week, etc.
Self care is vital to getting all the other things on my list done. The burn out is so real sometimes and taking care of myself is what gets me through it. I can’t help myself, let alone anyone else if I’m not healthy and feeling good.
Being a domestic goddess does not come easily to me so I make a to do list for all of the major things I want to accomplish or habits that I want to form (in addition to my daily to do lists). Getting an oil change, adding some new pieces of furniture to my apartment, and sticking to my cleaning schedule for said apartment are all things I consider to be “domestic duties.”
This section is the v important IMO because having all my ducks in a row and ORGANIZED is the key to a sound mind.
Treat yo’ self
TREAT YO GOT DAMN SELF!!!!!!! My motto always and forever. This is the part where you get rewarded for all of your hard work in all the other categories of your life.
Now I don’t know about y’all, but this bitch is ballin’ on a budget so I usually only put one or two things on this list. Think a new fashionnova outfit, the glow kit you’ve been lusting after, a massage, a bottle at the club, etc.
As a person who loves and relies on lists to stay sane, my season goals and to do list is the most vital to keeping my life on track and progressing forward.
It prevents me from becoming stagnant from not just laziness, but from the feeling of being overwhelmed. It prevents a ton of “oh shit” moments that would just add unnecessary stress to my life and ain’t nobody got time for all dat.
I hope this workbook helps you as much as it helps me!