The Psychology of Goal Setting: How to Set Goals That Work for You

No. 2 out of 5 little-known secrets from the field of psychology to boost supercharge your productivity

Alex Bentley
2 min readApr 21, 2022


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This article is part of a series on the psychology of productivity. Start here.

Setting goals is an essential part of being productive.

Without establishing clear goals, it’s difficult to know what you should work on and why. You might not even know where to start.

So, what can the field of psychology teach us about goal setting?

It turns out that psychology can help you achieve your goals in a more efficient, streamlined way.

When setting goals, it’s important to keep the following psychological principles in mind:

  • Clarity: The clearer your goals are, the more likely you are to achieve them. Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.
  • Simplicity: The simpler your goals are, the easier they will be to achieve. When in doubt, break your goal down into smaller, more manageable steps.
  • Consistency: The more consistent you are in working towards your goals, the more likely you are to achieve them. Make sure you set aside time each day, week, or month to work on your goals.
  • Motivation: The more motivated you are to achieve your goals, the more likely you are to succeed. Find ways to increase your motivation by setting yourself up for success, using positive reinforcement, and setting challenging yet achievable goals.

If you can master these four simple principles, then you’ll become productive.

And you’ll do this by maintaining a laser-like focus on setting clear, realistic goals.

So, let’s see what else will help you reach the productivity you desire.

Ready for the next article in the series?

Here’s the third secret from These 5 Little-Known Secrets of Psychology Can Supercharge Your Productivity — Making You an Unstoppable Badass Everyday.

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Alex Bentley

I write about crypto, personal finance, business & tech. Also, I publish a bit of humor to make you laugh.