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Having personal goals is critical if you want to live a fulfilled life. However, for married couples, you should also have a few shared goals to keep the relationship strong and fruitful.

I remember talking to one of my friends recently about shared goals that I had outlined with my Husband, and she admitted that she had never even thought about doing such a thing! I am sure she is not alone.

I believe that goal-setting as a couple is one way to build a thriving marriage. Working towards a common goal is always a great way to strengthen a relationship. So in today’s post, I will be sharing 3 of my best tips for goal-setting with your partner using a few tools from the new Erin Condren Planner and Calendar Collection. 

How to set goals with your spouse

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Schedule a Time to Discuss

First things first, schedule a time where you can sit down and discuss your goals. Eliminate outside distractions during this time so that you can focus solely on the conversation. Choose a time that works best for both of you. Make sure you write it down so that you don’t forget!

During this discussion, you should review your values, discuss your satisfaction (or lack thereof) with different areas of your life: finances, relationship, friends/family, personal development, fun, etc., and creating a picture of what you want your life to look like 5 years from now as a couple.

From there, you can move on to outlining those S.M.A.R.T goals. You can do this in terms of weeks, months, years, several years, or whatever you feel is best.

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Prioritize

Once you have outlined your goals as a couple and a family (2 separate lists for each if you have children), prioritize each thing on your list.

For example: Perhaps taking a romantic couple’s vacation is a lower priority than having a weekly date night. Or maybe paying down your debt is higher priority than purchasing new home. Both of you should have input when prioritizing your list of goals.

This step helps you to build out a realistic plan and timeline to achieve those goals on your list.

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Build Out Your Action Plan

Last, but certainly not least, build out your action plan. Break those larger goals into smaller steps that you will be more likely to take.

Literally, start adding your next steps to your to-do-list. What can you do today, tomorrow, next week, this month, to make progress towards your goals? Add it to your schedule.

This may be as simple as scheduling an actual date night in your calendar and adding “Find a babysitter for X date” on your to-do-list. Or maybe you want to find a new job and add “Submit X number of job applications” to your to-do-list.” Perhaps you need to block out a few potential dates for that romantic getaway.

Okay, I am sure you get the idea. You must map out a plan to achieve those goals.

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Don’t forget to celebrate every time you achieve one of the goals on your list! This is a very special moment, and it should definitely be marked with a celebration big or small.

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How to set goals with your spouse
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