This is a sponsored blog post in partnership with BIC. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
A new school year is upon us (hooray!) and with it comes the transition back to routine and focus. While January 1st is traditionally the time many start a new regimen or focus on a new goal, the beauty of living your own (best!) life is that you can create a new goal or focus any time of the year. The fall season, when the back to school routine kicks in, is a great time to do just that. It’s one thing to ask your kids what they’d like to focus on or achieve this year, but quite another to ensure they’re taking the steps to make it happen, especially when the whole family is busy.
Consider creating a Goal Flow Chart to help your family focus on a goal for the 2018/2019 school year. It’s a simple, fun and educational way to help your family stimulate their imagination, achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Place it in a prominent spot in the household so that everyone can see it and refer to it as the days and weeks go by. Instead of using a computer, encourage your family to handwrite their Goal Flow Chart and bring it to life with colourful creativity.
It’s easy to do, and all you need is some bright white paper, a ruler, and some colourful pens. We used BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry gel pens because of the fun, vibrant colours and fast drying ink with less smearing!
There are no set rules on how to create a Goal Flow Chart, but some basic principles apply. First, you should have a clearly defined title – in this case a goal – at the top of the page. Below, add some subtitles. These would be the categories and basic steps required to achieve that goal. Below your subtitles, incorporate some helpful tips or areas of focus.
In my case, our ultimate goal is a Fit Family! To achieve that, we need to have a smart 80%/20% balance. That means that 80% of the time we’re on task achieving each of those goals: Diet, Exercise or Sleep, but that 20% of the time we may not be absolutely perfect, and that’s OK.
Diet and Exercise each have 3 areas of focus, and Sleep has 2. By breaking these down into simple, easily identifiable and achievable steps, we’re more likely to succeed.
A Goal Flow Chart should also have a mid-point where you can step back and evaluate progress. How are things going? Are you where you should be? Are you experiencing any setbacks or areas where you’re not reaching your goals? You then have easy steps laid out on what to do next. I love this part! It’s always great taking stock of how things are going and getting a little help and redirection when needed.
Keep your Goal Flow Chart up all school year and refer to it as needed. Since our goal is a fit family, there isn’t really an end game and is something we can always improve on. I love how bright and colourful it is, and that we’ve lent our own imaginative touch to our creation. Hopefully, this is exactly what we need to keep the whole family focused on our goal digging this fall!