My Favorite Goal Setting Hack for Multi-Passionates

Multi-passionate people are everywhere.

Here’s the tea: my multi-passionate experience draws from the arts world, where folks are working 80 hour weeks (40 in their survival job, and 40 in their acting careers). So, to me, it doesn’t seem unreasonable that someone might be working on two–or even three–different careers. I mean, if you’re spending 40 hours in a survival job anyway, might as well find something you actually like to do.

But then comes the doubt. How can one juggle everything?

Enter Stephen Covey, author the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

I’m a huge fan of the personal development genre–one could say I am addicted. I put off reading this book for so long because I thought the concepts would be too basic for me. So one day, when I finally decided to get off my high horse, I was stunned by how insightful it was.

Particularly, in one of the chapters, Covey writes about goal setting based on different roles. I’m paraphrasing, but it goes a little something like this:

Step 1: Write down all the “roles” you play in your life.

(As an actor, I obviously love this language.)

So let’s see this in action. I play the role of business owner, Tik Toker, freelancer, artist, girlfriend, daughter, and friend.

Whew, that’s a lot.

Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to move on to….

Step 2: Write down your biggest weekly goal in each category.

This is the part that I thought was so innovative; obviously, we’re all used to setting business and career goals, but I didn’t know that I could be setting goals as a girlfriend, a daughter, and a friend!

So what does this look like, exactly? In the business owner category, my weekly goal might look something like “finish Tiffany’s website”. In the Tik Toker category, my goal might be “post 3 videos”. And in the artist category, it might be “submit your headshot to 10 different projects”.

But in the personal roles, my goals could be “have a no-phones-allowed movie night with Lloyd”, “go out to brunch with a friend”, and “call dad”.

Talk about work/life balance!

If you’re as addicted to work as I am (and if you love crossing off a to-do as much as I do), setting personal life goals can really help in ripping you away from the hustle for a bit.

Step Three: Decide on which categories to expand.

As much as I love how much this practice promotes a work-life balance, I’d be lying if I said I only set one goal for each category.

So, don’t tell anyone, but… I have found a ton of success by setting 3 weekly goals in the business / freelance / artist categories.

Yeah yeah yeah, I told you I was addicted to work. (She does not lie.)

So if you end up doing this too, I’m here for it. But regardless of how many you set for each category, the only way you’ll be able to accomplish them is if you…

Step Four: Schedule them!

Get those babies on the cal and guard those time slots with your life, otherwise you’ll never do them. I MEAN IT!

So if you’re still feeling overwhelmed by the potential of a multi-hyphenate lifestyle, that’s okay. But hopefully this goal-setting strategy will help you get your ducks in a row, while also bringing in some much-needed personal-life-time too!

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