if you and your partner are looking for a new way to bring some excitement into your lives, setting goals together might be the perfect solution. setting goals as a couple is a fun way to set aside time with each other and talk about what matters most to you both. when you’re able to communicate with each other, it can lead to more positive outcomes in your relationship! so grab some snacks and let’s get started!
setting goals as a couple can help keep you on the same page about what matters to both of you.
it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but setting goals as a couple can help keep you on the same page about what matters to both of you. if you're feeling stuck or want to make some changes, new year goal-setting can be a great way to start fresh.
it helps couples stay motivated. setting goals together keep you both motivated because it makes your goals more real. When something is only in your head or on paper, it's easy for it not to seem as urgent—but when someone else knows what those things are, they'll remind you when they come up (or even before) so that nothing slips through the cracks. Staying focused on what matters most means spending more time prioritizing tasks that move those items closer to completion without losing sight of them altogether.
pick a goal together.
make sure it's something both of you want to achieve, and that it's realistic and achievable. it should be measurable, relevant to your life right now, and specific enough that you can tell if you've reached the goal or not (i.e., losing X pounds by X date).
set a weekly date night to discuss progress.
you may need to schedule a date night once or twice a week to discuss progress and plan for the next steps. it’s important to set aside time for this check-in, and it can help you stay motivated if you know that you’re going to be discussing your goals with your partner every week. it's also an excellent time to celebrate your successes, as well as get help from each other when you're having trouble meeting your goals.
be specific in your goal setting.
- what exactly are you going to do? "I want to save more money" is a great goal, but how much money? by when?
- make it measurable. how will you know if your goal is successful? if it's not measurable, then it could be hard to tell whether or not the goal has been achieved and what worked or didn't work in reaching that goal (if at all). for example, if your goal is to run five miles per day and lose weight, what happens if one day you don't have time for running but do have time for yoga instead? were those days a success or a failure towards achieving your goal?
- be realistic. you can always change course later on down the road; however, starting with unrealistic expectations can set you up for disappointment right from the beginning and cause frustration when things don't go as planned—which they often won't! so start small: maybe an extra half hour of exercise each week will get your body moving enough that eventually, you'll be able to move on to more challenging levels of exercise.
make sure the goals are realistic
as you set goals for yourself, it's worth considering what your partner wants to achieve. think about the things that are important to each of you, and whether or not those things complement one another. If the two of you are looking for different things in life, those needs must be met separately before they can be met together.
once your partner has helped identify what their goals are, make sure that these goals are realistic and achievable. when setting new year’s resolutions with your significant other, think about how they will affect both of you before simply deciding on something because it sounds good in theory or because someone else has done it before them (and look how far they got!).
check-in regularly with each other on progress
one of the most important parts of goal setting is checking in with each other regularly. this can be done in person, over the phone, or via text message. the goal is to keep each other accountable for progress and make sure that nothing falls through the cracks.
when you check in with each other on your goals, it's important to talk about what's working and what needs to change as well as how you are feeling about the goals themselves and where they stand with one another. you also want to check in on how each person feels about their relationship—if any problems need addressing immediately so they don't become larger issues later on down the line.
do something special to celebrate once you reach your goal!
once you've reached your goal, celebrate with a special meal or outing. if you're going to get married, for example, plan a date night and make it extra special by dressing up in your wedding dresses. if you have children, take them out for ice cream or go to a fun place like Chuck E. Cheese's where they can play games and eat pizza!
if you're trying to lose weight together as a couple, celebrate when one of you reaches their goal weight by going out somewhere nice and getting dressed up (or even buying each other new clothes).
you could also do something unique that relates to the goal itself. for example: if one person wants to learn how to swim better while they’re at summer camp this year then maybe they should try taking swim lessons together as well!
setting goals is fun and helpful, especially when you do it with your partner!
setting goals with your partner is a great way to make progress and feel more motivated. You can celebrate together, help each other out if one of you is struggling, and feel great as a team when you reach your goals.
setting goals is a great way to make sure your relationship stays healthy and strong. it’s also a chance for you to reflect on your purpose, values, and beliefs as a couple. by setting goals together, you can help each other stay focused on what’s important in your life—not just individually but as a couple too!
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