Goal Plans

GoalPlansHere are some ideas for goals, many with SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Sensitive) wording created with this formula:

I will [do what] lose weight [how much] ____ lbs by doing [what] aerobic exercise [when] every morning [for how long] 30 minutes [measured by] target heart rate [by when] by target date of two months from today.

Learn How To Set Goals with:

  1. Watch a short video on Choosing Goals.
  2. Print the Map Your Values exercise (pdf). ValueMap
  3. Think about what would fill your life with value (pdf) in each life area.
  4. Fill in current value levels.
  5. Choose a Goal Plan that will be most effective in increasing the area with the lowest level of value.
  6. Print a Goal Master List. (pdf) Goal Master List
  7. Print goal charts (pdf) and use to measure progress on quantifiable goals with numbers and abstract goals with a rating scale from 1 to 5.


Purpose Goals

  • Know your talents
  • Develop your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)
  • Create a mission statement
  • Set Goals

Physical Goals

  • Lose weight
  • Exercise
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink less

Mental Goals

  • Take a class
  • Learn a language
  • Read more


  • Increase appreciation
  • Increase awareness
  • Expand comfort zone
  • Go green


  • Identify emotions
  • Manage emotions
  • Express emotions appropriately

Relationship Goals

  • Find someone special to date
  • Spend more time with family
  • Increase listening skills
  • Increase loving actions

Social Goals

  • Make more friends
  • Volunteer
  • Join a club

Financial Goals

  • Get out of debt
  • Save more money
  • Make a budget
  • Buy a house
  • Buy a new car


  • Update resume
  • Increase work skills
  • Get a new job
  • Get a degree

Organizational Goals

  • Reduce clutter
  • Set up a file system
  • Choose a calendar/planner
  • Organize Email
  • Increase productivity


  • Plan vacation
  • Travel
  • Reduce screen time


  • Be authentic
  • Develop self-esteem
  • Choose responsibly
  • Be more assertive

Find more ideas to generate goals at ehow and USA.gov.