7 Steps To Set Actionable and Achievable Goals

Do you know how to set achievable goals?

Do you know how to make your goals actionable?

Many people know how to set goals, they know what they want, they know what inspires them.

However, they don't know how to make their goals actionable, so most people fail to execute their plan eventually.

Many people don't have the clues about what makes goals achievable.

Some people even think that goal setting is useless, this is merely because they don't know how to make it actionable.

If your case is not about the actionable issue but the goal setting issue, then go see how to set your goals.

If you have already set your goals, it's now the time to learn how to make them actionable.


Before making your goals actionable and achievable, you'll need to do some preparations.

Prepare a notebook or a whiteboard

First of all, you want to prepare a notebook or a whiteboard.

Whiteboard is preferred but I'm personally using a whiteboard apps on my iPad to replace the physical whiteboard.

Just adapt it to your own case. It's the same using a notebook or a whiteboard.

Divide the notebook or whiteboard into 6 sections

After preparing a notebook or a whiteboard, divide the notebook or the whiteboard into 6 equal sections like the example shown.

Done the preparations?

Now let's dive in the 7 steps to setting actionable and achievable goals.

7 steps to set your actionable and achievable goals

There're 7 steps in making your goals actionable and achievable.

Don't rush for any step. Instead do them step by step.

1. Set your yearly goals

The first step is setting the yearly goals.

To make your goals actionable and achievable, you need to set the yearly goals first, then break it down to monthly, weekly and daily goals later.

This is where most people go wrong in setting their goals, they're curious why they're not making progress.

Without the yearly goals, you don't know what kind of the outcome you're going to achieve.

How could you plan an actionable and achievable goal without knowing what you want to achieve?  

Now at your top left box write the heading that says 'Yearly Goals', and write down your yearly goals under it.

When setting the goals, you'd need to check are them clashing with goal setting guidelines.

Are your goals controllable? For instance, promotion opportunity isn't something you can control. Don't set goals that are uncontrollable. 

Under the goals that you set you can write down the deadline, so you know when you want to complete them.

Of course, you aren't always able to accomplish these goals on time because they're big goals.

More often you'll need to adjust the time of completion, but you can't set goals without it. Make sure your goals align with the goal setting guidelines.

2. Set your monthly goals

After setting the yearly goals, set the monthly goals base on your yearly goals.

You need to think what kind of the short-term goals you can accomplish to get closer to your yearly goals.

Think specifically, then write down on the top middle section which is with a heading says 'Monthly goals'.

Normally on the upper part of the box I will write down which month I'm in such as January.

When you're setting the monthly goals, remember that a month average has 30 days.

There're many things you can complete within 30 days. Try to achieve as many as you can within one month instead of several months.

Your monthly goals should also follow the goal setting guidelines.

At the end of the month, review how your progress is so you can set your next month goals.

3. Set your weekly goals

At the top right box I will write out the weekly goals that I pick to accomplish which help to realize my monthly goals.

At the end of each week, said Saturday night, I will review that week's progress to make sure I'm on the right track.

Why weekly goals are important?

Because by planning weekly goals you will know exactly what you need to do in that particular week.

This action provides accountability to yourself.

Yearly and monthly goals will still make people procrastinate because they seem there's still a long time for people to take action.

When the goals break down and simplify to weekly goals, you can see clearly that are you making progress.

4. What should you focus today?

This part is where your action intake.

At your bottom left box label 'Today's focus' and write down the tasks that you want to do every day.

You may have many things want to do, but don't do all of them. You won't have enough time for everything.

Instead, you have to set priorities for them.

List out the top 3-4 tasks that you want to do and write in the box.

View these tasks as they are matters to your living such as eating, drinking and sleeping.

You don't need to remind yourself to eat, to drink and to sleep, you will do it naturally.

You won't feel suffered or forced to do because they are matters to you and you want to achieve them badly.

After some times, these tasks will be your second nature, and you build up the momentum to continually get things done. 

When you're going through your every day, remember what's your 'Today's focus'.

Remember to avoid yourself from any distractions.

When working you should silent your phone, log out your Facebook and Twitter account, keep yourself away from television and the list goes on.

You want to focus sharply on what should be doing.

5. Get inspiration 

The bottom middle box is the section where you place inspiration.

It's very important to remind yourself that what is your desire, why you want to achieve your goal, and what if you fail to realize your goal.

You must get yourself motivated, otherwise you're likely going to procrastinate your task eventually. In the end result in the feelings of guilt and depression.

In this section, you can place something that can inspire you to move forward constantly.

For instance, you can put some inspiring pictures such as the pictures of your dream car and dream house. You can use this section as a vision board to motivate yourself.

In addition, you can also write down some inspiring quotes at here. Pick a few quotes that are resonated and motivated you, write down and read them every day. See some inspiring quotes at here.

6. Check your daily checklist

The last bottom right section is the section with the heading 'Daily checklist'.

Everything that you need to execute on the daily basis will be putting at here.

'Daily checklist' is not the same as 'Today's focus'.

'Today's focus' is where you put the tasks that you only need to do temporarily such as a few days or even weeks to achieve a certain result that you want.

But the 'Daily checklist' is where you list down the tasks that you'll do at least more than one year.

For instance, the result about writing 20 posts at the end of this month I will consider as 'Today's focus'. But exercise daily I will consider as 'Daily checklist', there will be no final destination to stop exercising. 

You see the difference?

These two sections are different.

7. Review your progress

Now comes to the last step in making your goals achievable, that is, review your progress.

You'll need to review your progress regularly to make sure you're on the right track.

Each section is needed to be reviewed.

Reviewing yearly goals:

Review your yearly goals occasionally, check and see whether you need to add or drop any goals or not.

Maybe there are some goals need to be added after getting new inspiration, or some goals that are wrongly set need to be removed.

Look at this section monthly to adjust your monthly goals as well.

Reviewing monthly goals:

At the end of every month check your monthly goals progress. And think carefully what goals you want to accomplish in the upcoming months.

Erase the past goals and write the new goals for the next month.

Reviewing weekly goals: 

This section needs to be reviewed to see if tasks have done within the week or not.

Review the goals written in this section to see if they're able or not to make your yearly goals closer.

If you fail to accomplish your weekly goals, don't get discouraged.

They are the past. Focus your attention on the upcoming week.

Reviewing daily tasks and checklist: 

Review this section at night before the next day comes.

So you'll get ready to start working tomorrow straightly. You don't have to plan what should you do tomorrow because you have already planned the night before.

This will make you always in ready-for-work mode, not only improve your productivity but also help to get things done.  

Final words

This is how you can make your goals actionable and achievable.

After reading this article, get off your butt from the chair and start taking action immediately.

The best moment to do something is always the present moment.

Now, get your own whiteboard or notebook and set up your yearly, weekly, monthly, daily, and inspiring sections. Start chasing your goals, dreams, and missions immediately.

Do it now!

About the author


Rio Yee is the Founder of WealthyLoveLife and is super passionate about helping people change their mind and take action to improve your important areas in life such as dating & relationships, personal finance and productivity.


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