The best way to set goals is to set goals on various time levels. This can range from Someday to Everyday, but the key is to setting goals with a timeline attached to help motivate you.
These are big picture goals that are not bound to your current lifestyle, but are things you would like to achieve one day.
Example: Grow a family with close relationships.
This is something that you might would like to do but not necessarily in the foreseeable future.
These are big picture goals that are relatively close, but not attainable in one year.
Example: Earn a college degree.
This is something that will take several years to achieve, but can be done in the next few years.
These are goals you would like to achieve over the next year.
Example: Lose 20 pounds.
This is something that will take time, but with hard work and effort can be achieved relatively quickly compared to the overall scheme of life.
These are goals that you would like to achieve at least once during the month.
Example: Plant a garden.
This is something that will help work towards your one year goal, for this example that one year goal might be physical space related, but that does not need to be repeated.
These are goals you set each month and aim to achieve every week that month.
Example: Attend a church service.
This is something that you will work towards every week during a month’s time to contribute to a larger goal.
These are goals you set each month to aim to achieve every day that month.
Example: Complete some form of physical activity.
This is something that you will work towards every day during a month’s time to contribute to a larger goal.
All of these categories of goals are working towards the bigger picture goals you have set for your life. It is important to set big picture goals first and then work your way down this scale so that the smaller level goals are contributing to the goals you value in the big picture of your life.