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Top 5 Goal Setting Approaches for 2023

Happy New Year!

I love the new year - I’m a planner junkie and there is nothing like starting a new planner or hanging up a fresh calendar. With my new planner comes the opportunity to think about a fresh start in whatever areas of my life I desire. No, not New Years’ Resolutions. Goals, and I’ve tried a few different goal setting strategies. You have to do what works for you. Here are some you might like!

Dragontree Dreambook Planner

I used the Dragontree Dreambook Planner and its goal setting process for a few years and really liked it. The planner is a weekly planner and offers a page for weekly reflection. Check this video for a review of the system (don’t watch if swearing bothers you!). You can usually join a YouTube planning series in November for this planner if you like to be guided through the goal setting process.

Makselife Planner

This year I switched to the Makselife planning system, which I am liking so far. This is another system that offers a guided video series focused on setting your goals for the year. I’m using their digital daily planner, and it’s my first time trying a digital planner. I have always used a digital planner for my daily planning needs, and having my goals in the same planner seemed like a no-brainer! They also offer weekly planners, and both styles come in paper and digital formats.

Passion Planner

I haven’t tried the Passion Planner myself, but it has a loyal following and they offer free printables on their site, which you can’t beat. Also available in daily or weekly, digital or paper, and their site offers a 15% off coupon on your first order. Their approach to goal setting involves mind-mapping, which can definitely be appealing if that’s the way your brain works.

Best Self 13 Week System

Best Self markets a 13 week system that is based on the premise that goals are best achieved when they are broken down into milestones and drivers, ensuring that progress is marked as it is made. Their Self Journal is sized to last for just 13 weeks, so that you can focus on one big goal or project at a time.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

As they say, Keep It Simple, Stupid. You can skip all of the elaborate systems above and use the tried and true S.M.A.R.T. goal method with any system.






Get out there and conquer the world!

Alright, now you should be ready to tackle the new year, no matter what lies ahead. What kind of goal setter are you? Have you tried any of the systems above? Let me know in the comments!

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