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25 Healthy Snack Recipes To Make Your Workday More Productive

25 Healthy Snack Recipes To Make Your Workday More Productive

Have you ever been confused by a snack label?

It can be time consuming to check and decipher every ingredient. Many processed snacks promise low fat but are packed with sugar!

The best way to ensure fresh and fully in-tact nutrition is by preparing simple snacks at home. Each of these healthy snack recipes are simple, delicious and provide nutrients you just can’t get from a vending machine.

1. Mini Burrito Bowl

    Burrito bowls make great snacks or small lunches. There’s endless combinations to mix and match meats with rice and grains, veggies and cheeses or salsas. They can be altered to be allergen-friendly, vegetarian and vegan.

    ~ Get the recipe!

    2. Paleo Sweet & Spicy Meatballs

      For those who want a little extra protein, these paleo meatballs are sure to please. They are also packed with iron and Vitamin C which means you’ve got a snack that’s working for you, not against you!

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      3. Southwestern Sweet Potato & Lentil “Jar Salad”

        Jar salads are quick to prepare and easy to store. They make fresh salads easy to take anywhere!

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        4. Moroccan Chickpea & Quinoa Power Salad

          This winner uses minimal ingredients and a short prep time for a fast and easy snack or side dish. The recipe also gives you homemade honey-lemon dressing which you can save in the fridge for other on-the-go meals!

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          5. Grain-Free Tahini Granola

            Making your own granola ensures that you are not consuming excess sugar and preservatives in many store-bought brands. Natural Granola is packed with healthy nutrients and can be enjoyed by itself or with your favorite flavor of yogurt. This knockout recipe can be made with oats or dried fruits too!

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            6. Nut-Free Granola

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              This recipe will keep your energy high whenever you need a little boost at work![1]

              Ingredients

              • 9 cups rolled oats (or combination of oats, rye, barley, etc.)
              • 1 cup unsalted, roasted hulled sunflower seeds
              • ½ cup flaxseed meal
              • ½ cup pure maple syrup
              • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce
              • ½ cup honey
              • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
              • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
              • 1 teaspoon sea salt

              How to prepare:

              1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare baking sheets with parchment.
              2. In large mixing bowl, combine oats, sunflower seeds, flax seed meal, cinnamon and sea salt. Stir to combine.
              3. In medium saucepan, whisk maple syrup, honey, applesauce and vanilla over low heat until combined. (about 5 minutes)
              4. Pour hot syrup over oat mixture. Stir to combine.
              5. Pour mixture in a single layer onto prepared baking sheets.
              6. Bake for 50 minutes, stirring granola every 10 minutes. (For ease I set my timer five times for 10 minute increments)
              7. Let cool and store in airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature and up to one month in the refrigerator.

              7. Copy-Cat Bistro Boxes

                Look no further for a quick snack with almost no prep work or cooking needed.

                You just need boiled eggs, apple slices, celery, grapes, and a side of peanut or almond butter. You could mix it up with different berries, cherry tomatoes, multigrain cracks, and humus instead of peanut butter. Swap the cheese for an extra egg to make it dairy-free.

                In case you need it, here’s the recipe!

                8. Chicken Pita Pockets

                  Another filling snack for those who may have to skip breakfast every now and then. These pitas will keep you satisfied and focused. Swap the chicken with tofu for a meat-free option.

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                  9. Sweet Potato Quesadillas

                    This dairy-free option is best prepped the night before for one or two servings. You can use coconut oil to crisp the tortillas and mix in other veggies for more flavor.

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                    Sometimes we just need a little extra something to satisfy mid-morning or afternoon hunger pains. Each of the following twists on favorite snacks can be stored in bulk to get more out of your prep time.

                    10. Cinnamon-Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

                      Ingredients:

                      • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
                      • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
                      • 1-2 packets stevia
                      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                      • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
                      • 1 small pinch sea salt

                      How to prepare:

                      1. Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl or mix together in a blender until smooth.
                      2. Refrigerate to set and stir occasionally.
                      3. Makes about 2 fresh servings that can be stored for up to 3 days in the fridge.
                      4. Optional: Top with fresh fruit, chocolate chips, or nuts before you leave the house for more delicious varieties.

                      11. Chocolate & Avocado Pudding

                        Ingredients:[2]

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                        • 1 medium ripe avocado
                        • ½ cup coconut or almond milk
                        • ¼ cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter or almond butter (optional: use almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter to keep it paleo)
                        • 4-6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
                        • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
                        • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
                        • 2 pinches sea salt
                        • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)

                        How to prepare:

                        1. Place all ingredients except the unsweetened coconut flakes into a food processor and mix until smooth.
                        2. Transfer to serving dishes, top with coconut if desired, and enjoy! Best eaten fresh, but can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

                        12. No-Bake Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Bites

                          Ingredients:

                          • 2 ½ cups old fashioned oats
                          • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
                          • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
                          • 2 tablespoon ground flax seed
                          • 1 teaspoon salt
                          • ¾ cup peanut butter or almond butter
                          • ¾ cup honey
                          • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

                          How to prepare:

                          1. Mix the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, flax seed, and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
                          2. Stir the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil together in a separate bowl.
                          3. Add this mixture into the oats and stir together until all of the oats are coated.
                          4. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to set for rolling.
                          5. Once chilled, roll into 1” rounds and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
                          6. Allow them to set in the fridge for 10 minutes before diving in. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

                          13. Dark Chocolate, Cranberry & Pumpkin Granola Bites

                            Ingredients:[3]

                            • 5 cups old fashioned oats
                            • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
                            • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
                            • 1 cup brown sugar (or ¾ cup stevia)
                            • ¾ cup almond slivers
                            • 1 cup dried cranberries
                            • ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds
                            • 1½ cups pumpkin puree
                            • 1 cup applesauce
                            • ½ cup honey
                            • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
                            • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
                            • 1 teaspoon salt

                            How to prepare:

                            1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 10” by 10” baking pan and line with baking paper.
                            2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, spices, dried fruit, almonds, seeds, chocolate chips,  and salt.
                            3. In another medium-sized bowl, mix the sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, honey, and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour over oat mix and stir everything together until all of the oats are moist.
                            4. Pour the entire mixture into prepared pan and evenly spread the mix. Bake for 30-35 minutes to a golden brown top.
                            5. Allow 15-20 minutes for cooling and lift the paper to remove the entire bar.
                            6. Cut into desired shapes and sizes and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week, store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

                            14. Parmesan Kale Crisps

                              Ingredients:

                              • 1 head of Kale
                              • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
                              • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
                              • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
                              • 1 tablespoon olive oil
                              • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

                              How to prepare:

                              1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line a pan with baking sheets
                              2. Wash the entire body and cut off the stems. Then cut across the leaves into 2-inch slices.
                              3. In a large bowl, toss the Kale leaves in the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, cheese, and pepper flakes.
                              4. Lay the leaves on the sheet and place in the oven when ready. Bake until crisp for about 20 minutes, turning the leaves over at the 10 minute mark.

                              *This recipe will make 4-6 servings. The chips can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days. (You could also try this with seaweed if you really want to show off your new snack skills.)

                              15. Curried Beet Chips

                                Ingredients:

                                • 12 small beets, red or golden
                                • 1/2 cup olive oil
                                • 1 teaspoon curry powder
                                • 1.5 teaspoons sea salt

                                How to prepare:

                                1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
                                2. Wash and peel the beets, or use a veggie brush to remove outer skin. Use a mandolin slicer to cut them very thinly. Place the beets in a large bowl and mix with the olive oil, salt, and curry. Stir or toss the slices until they are fully covered. Allow them to marinate for up to 20 minutes.
                                3. Drain the oil and lay slices on the baking sheets. Bake for up to one hour. The thickness of your chips will affect baking time, for thinner slices bake for 45 minutes. Remove them from the oven once they are crispy and allow them to cool. Store them in an airtight container for up to a week.

                                See the original recipe.

                                16. Apple-Cinnamon Chips (Vegan, dairy free)

                                  This recipe only takes 3 ingredients and you can alter the amount of sugar to your preference. The thicker the chips the softer they will be and the thinner, the more crispy.

                                  Ingredients:

                                  • 4 Apples
                                  • 1-2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
                                  • 1-2 teaspoons brown sugar
                                  • Cooking spray

                                  How to prepare:

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                                  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F.
                                  2. Wash the apples and remove the core. Slice them thinly across the apples, cutting them into circles.
                                  3. Toss the slices with cinnamon and sugar.
                                  4. Spray the baking sheet with cooking spray and line the slices on the pan without overlapping them. If you’re using larger apples, use two pans.
                                  5. Bake the chips for around 2.5 hours, until they are slightly soft but dry. Cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

                                  17. Roasted Green Bean Fries

                                    Ingredients:[4]

                                    • 1 pound fresh green beans
                                    • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
                                    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
                                    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

                                    How to prepare:

                                    1. Preheat oven to 425. Wash green beans and remove stems if desired. Let them dry off.
                                    2. Add green beans to a bowl and drizzle oil over them. Mix with your hands to coat them evenly.
                                    3. Lay the greens on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
                                    4. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, flip them once about halfway through.

                                    *Mix honey with fresh garlic and chilis for a sweet and spicy dipping sauce!

                                    18. Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash

                                      A hearty and simple dish that is prefect for upcoming fall. You can also swap the squash for sweet potatoes, zucchini, or a mixed vegetable medley.

                                      ~ Get the recipe!

                                      19. Edamame and Chickpea Salad with Lime Dressing

                                        Ingredients:[5]

                                        Dressing

                                        • 1 large avocado, flesh removed
                                        • 1/2 inch slice of ginger root (1/2″ – 1″ piece)
                                        • 1 shallot
                                        • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
                                        • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
                                        • ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
                                        • 1 tablespoon olive oil
                                        • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

                                        Salad

                                        • 1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
                                        • ½ tablespoon olive oil
                                        • ¼ teaspoon salt
                                        • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
                                        • ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
                                        • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
                                        • ½ cup cashews
                                        • 10 oz. shelled edamame, cooked
                                        • 1½ cup chopped apples (about 2 small apples)
                                        • Salt & pepper to taste
                                        • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (optional)

                                        How to prepare:

                                        1. Create the dressing by placing ingredients in a high-speed blender and blending until smooth. Store extra dressing in an extra ajar or airtight container for up to one month in the fridge.
                                        2. Heat a skillet over high heat and add the chickpeas. Cook for about 5-8 minutes, or until they start to brown. Drizzle olive oil over chickpeas.
                                        3. Str in all of the spices and then add the cashews. Keep mixture over heat and stir until cashew are slightly toasted or brown.
                                        4. Add mixture, edamame and apples to a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper as you desire. Add desired amount of avocado-lime dressing and toss to coat salad evenly. Garnish with chopped basil and serve warm or chilled.
                                        5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days for freshness.

                                        20. Kale, Clementine and Feta Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing (Vegan option)

                                          Ingredients:

                                          Salad

                                          • 1 head of kale
                                          • 1 avocado, diced
                                          • 1 medium pomegranate
                                          • 4 clementines, peeled and sliced into rounds or small strips
                                          • 4 small radishes, sliced into thin rounds and then into skinny strips
                                          • 1 handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
                                          • ⅓ cup crumbled feta (skip for vegan)
                                          • ¼ cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds

                                          Dressing

                                          • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
                                          • 3 tablespoons olive oil
                                          • 1 medium jalapeño, membranes and seeds removed, finely chopped
                                          • 2 teaspoons honey (or agave nectar)
                                          • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
                                          • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
                                          • ⅛ teaspoon fine grain sea salt

                                          How to prepare:

                                          1. Create the dressing by whisking together all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
                                          2. Prepare the kale by slicing away the stems and chopping the leaves into small, bite-sized pieces.
                                          3. Move the kale to a large salad bowl and sprinkle a small pinch of sea salt over the kale. Lightly toss the leaves and scrunch handfuls at a time until the leaves are darker in color and fragrant.
                                          4. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over the kale and toss so the kale is lightly coated.
                                          5. Add the prepared avocado, pomegranate seeds, clementines, radishes, cilantro and feta over top.
                                          6. Toast the pumpkin seeds in a skillet over medium-low heat for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until they smell fragrant and toasty.
                                          7. Transfer the seeds to the salad and toss the salad to mix all ingredients.
                                          8. Store leftover dressing for up to one month in an airtight container, refrigerated. Leftover salad can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

                                          See original recipe.

                                          More adventurous snackers will enjoy using a dehydrator. Dehydrator recipes include endless varieties of homemade granolas, dried fruit mixes, veggies, and jerky. These snacks from Dried and True will take longer to prepare but can be made in bulk and last for a couple weeks when stored properly.

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                                          21. Dried Balsamic Cherry Tomatoes

                                            Ingredients:

                                            • 3 cups fresh cherry or grape tomatoes
                                            • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
                                            • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
                                            • 2 sprigs Thyme
                                            • 1 sprig rosemary
                                            • 1 cup olive oil (more as needed)

                                            How to prepare:

                                            1. Bring a medium pot of water to a slight boil on medium-high heat.
                                            2. While waiting for the water, line a dehydrator trays with nonstick mesh sheet and lightly coat the sheets in olive oil.
                                            3. Once the water has boiled, place the tomatoes in the pot until most of their skins break open. Remove the tomatoes and use a knife to peel off the skins.
                                            4. Place tomatoes on the prepped trays. Set dehydrator for 135°F, for about 22-24 hours. Careful not to dry them so much that they become too tough.
                                            5. Remove and place them in a large bowl with the sea salt and vinegar.
                                            6. Layer the herbs into a large jar, add the tomatoes overtop, and pour in the olive oil. Add additional oil as needed to cover all of the tomatoes.
                                            7. Marinate in the jar for 24 hours, then move to the refrigerator for up to one month. Viola.

                                            22. Dried Shrimp

                                              Ingredients:

                                              • 1 pound of peeled and cooked bay shrimp
                                              • 1 teaspoon olive oil for coating trays
                                              • Optional topping ideas: sea salt, cayenne pepper

                                              How to prepare:

                                              1. Line dehydrator trays with non-stick mesh sheets and coat them lightly with olive oil.
                                              2. Toss shrimp with a topping (if desired).
                                              3. Spread the shrimp on the prepped trays and dry at 160°F for 8-12 hours until dry and slightly cracking.
                                              4. Cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

                                              23. Yogurt Covered Raisins

                                                Ingredients:

                                                • 1 pound seedless black grapes
                                                • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
                                                • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
                                                • 1 tablespoon honey
                                                • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

                                                How to prepare:

                                                1. Bring a pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat.
                                                2. Line dehydrator trays with non-stick mesh sheets and lightly coat them with olive oil.
                                                3. Soak the grapes in the boiling water and turn the heat to low. Simmer for 2-4 minutes until the skins begin to crack open. Remove them with a slotted spoon and allow them to cool completely.
                                                4. Place them on the prepared trays and dry at 135°F for 16-20. Check frequently for chewiness. Remove them once they are no longer squishy through the center.
                                                5. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and melt them in the microwave for 30-second intervals. Stir in between to ensure the chips melt thoroughly. Mix in the yogurt and coconut oil until the mixture is smooth.
                                                6. Stir in the freshly dried raisins until they are fully covered.
                                                7. Spread raisins out on thin, mesh a cooling rack and allow them to set.
                                                8. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks, or in freeze them for up to 6 months.

                                                24. Ginger & Soy Green Bean Crisps

                                                  Ingredients:

                                                  • 1 pound fresh green beans
                                                  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
                                                  • 1 garlic clove
                                                  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
                                                  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

                                                  How to prepare:

                                                  1. Wash, stem and diagonally cut the green beans into 1/4 in slivers. Peel and mince the garlic an place in a small bowl. Peel and grate the ginger.
                                                  2. Boil a pot of water over medium-high heat and add a pinch of sea salt. Add the green beans once boiled for about 2 minutes.
                                                  3. Strain and run cool water over the beans for about 1 minute to cool them completely.
                                                  4. Line a dehydrator tray with non-stick mesh sheets lightly coated in cooking or olive oil.
                                                  5. In a medium bowl, mix together the soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil. Add the beans and toss them until fully covered with the sauce. Marinate them for about 15 minutes, stirring them every 5 minutes or so.
                                                  6. Drain the beans (save the sauce if you’d like), and lay the slices onto the prepped trays. Dry at 135°F for 4-6 hours until crispy.
                                                  7. Let them cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature.

                                                  25. Garlic & Sage Turkey Jerky

                                                    Ingredients:

                                                    • 2.5 pounds turkey breast
                                                    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
                                                    • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
                                                    • 8 sage leaves
                                                    • 2 tablespoons molasses
                                                    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
                                                    • 2.5 teaspoons sea salt

                                                    How to prepare:

                                                    1. Remove skin from the turkey breast and place turkey in the freezer for 2-4 hours until it is firm but not frozen. Cut into diagonal strips that are about 2 inches wide.
                                                    2. Warm the olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and sage to the oil and simmer together for 1-2 minutes.
                                                    3. Stir in the molasses, black pepper, and then remove from heat. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
                                                    4. In a large bowl, toss the turkey slices with the salt and oil mixture until all slices are evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
                                                    5. Line dehydrator trays with non-stick mesh sheets and lightly coat them with cooking or olive oil. Lay the turkey slices evenly on the trays and dry at 160°F for 3-5 hours. Blot excess juice occasionally and remove them once them have dried but are still slightly moist to the touch. Allow them to cool completely.
                                                    6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or freeze the jerky for up to 6 months.

                                                    One of the best places for snacking inspiration is a local farmer’s market. Shopping for what’s in season will inspire simple, creative dishes that are easy to include in your schedule. Here are some other ways to achieve lasting effects in your workplace.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

                                                    Reference

                                                    [1] Tesco Real Food: Nut-free Granola
                                                    [2] Further Food: Avocado Date Chocolate Pudding
                                                    [3] Infinitebalance: Dark Chocolate, Cranberry & Pumpkin Granola Bites
                                                    [4] Food Networks: Baked Parm Green Bean Fries
                                                    [5] Mother Thyme: Edamame and Chickpea Salad with Lime Dressing

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                                                    8 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important to a Fulfilling Life

                                                    8 Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important to a Fulfilling Life

                                                    The importance of effective goal setting cannot be overstated on our personal journeys towards success. This is why there are countless articles out there on how to set your own SMART goals and even why it’s a skill commonly taught to a small degree in classrooms.

                                                    Learning the importance of goal setting and the benefits of sticking to those goals can be the defining factor determining whether we truly embrace the importance of goal setting. The more willing we are to embrace this method, the more likely we become to reach our personal definitions of personal and professional success.

                                                    Thus, today’s article is going to walk you through some of the benefits you’ll see from learning to set goals for yourself and answer the question, “why is goal setting important?”

                                                    1. Goals Guide and Align Our Focus

                                                    It’s hard to get to where you want to be in life if you don’t know what you’re aiming for. Some people believe avoiding goals means living a more care-free life. How many times have you heard the phrase “If I have no expectations, then I can’t be disappointed”?

                                                    But is that really what our lives have come to? Living just to avoid disappointment? It doesn’t seem like an overly optimistic view in my opinion. And since you’re reading this article, I’m willing to bet that you agree with me.

                                                    Without goals, we lack a degree of direction and focus. Sure you may be able to avoid disappointment, but just avoiding disappointment doesn’t mean you are necessarily happy.

                                                    Without goals, we will pointlessly waste our time, energy, and efforts. Listen to anybody who is the top of their field and they’ll tell you something like this,

                                                    “Yes talent is important, but often your success depends much more on what you decide to do with that talent.”

                                                    And what you will do with your talent largely depends on your focus.

                                                    Your goals give you direction. Your goals give you something to shoot for. This direction and target you create in your mind will help you to progress towards your main life goals rather than simply wander around aimlessly. These goals will help you align your actions and behaviors as you continue moving forward.

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                                                    So, why is goal setting important? Because it gives you direction, alignment, and purpose!

                                                    2. Goals Help You Avoid ‘Shiny Object Syndrome’

                                                    Basically, shiny object syndrome is always being in pursuit of the next big thing, constantly switching your goals based on what you feel is most fun and interesting at the given moment, but never actually giving yourself time to accomplish any of those goals.

                                                    You don’t get anywhere because you continually change the direction you are heading in. This is one of the consequences that may result if you decide to live a life without goals.

                                                    Your goals can sometimes help you to create mental barriers, or blinders, that help you to remain focused on what you think is important and avoid the things that are second priority. When you outline goals for yourself, you are better able to avoid things that distract you from achieving and accomplishing those goals.

                                                    Setting goals helps you to step around the other shiny objects because you’ve taken the time to make some mental notes that remind you what it is that you want from your life. Your goals act as subconscious deterrents to anything less than your main priorities. This is what helps you to reach your personal definition of success.

                                                    So, why is goal setting important? Because not only do goals tell you what you want from life, but they also help you realize what you need to give up and avoid to achieve that.

                                                    3. Goals Turn Our Largest Goals into Manageable Steps

                                                    A lot of us have big hopes and dreams. It’s one of the things that make our lives exciting!

                                                    But a lot of us never take the time to figure out how we can effectively get from point A to point B. So, sadly, we never fully achieve those goals. We look at our dreams and convince ourselves that only a select few people ever achieve them, so we write ourselves off as people not meant to reach that level of success. Looking at the end product of a goal can be intimidating, daunting, and discourage us from even pursuing them.

                                                    Thankfully, goal setting helps us break large intimidating goals into smaller ones. These small steps and more achievable goals will help us to build momentum and will encourage us to keep working towards the next phase of our goal. The form the foundation from which we can begin building the life that we truly hope to have for ourselves, our families, and may even for our communities depending on how big your goals are!

                                                    Whenever I get talking about this aspect of goal setting, I can’t help but think about the mountain climbing analogy, and that the easiest way to climb a mountain is simply step by step.

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                                                    So, why is goal setting important? Goal setting gives you a list of manageable steps that you can take in order to take your life from where it is now to where you want it to go both effectively and efficiently.

                                                    4. Goals Encourage You to Take Action

                                                    This builds on the last benefit of goal setting. Not only does effective goal setting help you break down your larger goals into smaller, more manageable ones, but it also encourages you to actually begin taking action on those goals. After all, a plan is completely worthless if you aren’t willing to invest the effort required to execute it.

                                                    Setting your goals and putting your plan in place motivates you to begin taking action towards achieving them. These goals give you something to plan and work towards. Essentially, they help propel you forward.

                                                    What I like to do is write out and place my goals somewhere that I’ll regularly see them. This constantly serves as a reminder of my top priorities. It allows me to focus on taking small progressive actions towards achieving these goals daily.

                                                    This ensures that I don’t fall into the trap of setting a goal, beginning to work towards it for a while, but then having my motivation fade resulting in me falling off track. This is exactly what many people see happen when it comes to their “New Year’s Resolutions.”

                                                    If you want to learn about how to take action towards achieving your goal, here’s how: How To Take Action Towards Your Goals Right Now

                                                    So, why is goal setting important? Because goal setting actually motivates you to stop thinking about your goals and actually get out there and achieve them!

                                                    5. Goal Setting Helps You Continually Improve

                                                    This is something that a lot of personal development and self-improvement writers talk about, continual improvement. For those of you who are not aware of the term, continual improvement is exactly what it sounds like — taking small steps towards improvement as frequently as you can to develop into the person you want to become.

                                                    What’s the point in improving a little bit each day if you’re not improving in the areas that you want to improve in after all?

                                                    The goals that you define for yourself will inevitably shape you into the person who you want to become. They’ll shape your character. Your goals can help you measure your progress as you strive for this type of development.

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                                                    Essentially, having goals helps you determine where you started, where you are now, and how much further you need to go. In this manner, your goal setting can serve as milestones and benchmarks that help you determine how well you’re progressing towards your most important goals!

                                                    So, why is goal setting important? Goal setting helps you make improvements each day that will slowly transition you into the person you want to become.

                                                    6. Goal Setting Keeps You Accountable

                                                    Not only does setting goals help you measure your progress, but it also is a means through which you can keep yourself accountable. Too many goals fail because they lack this crucial aspect of outlining accountability.

                                                    For example, if I have the goal to do 50 push-ups, that’s great. Most people would support that goal. However, this goal lacks accountability. When do I want to accomplish this goal by and what steps do I take to get there? These are important questions that the original goal leaves unanswered.

                                                    A much more descriptive and specific goal could be to do 50 push-ups within the next 3 months by starting at 5 push-ups, and then adding 5 each week. This goal outlines the deadline as well as the steps I’m going to take to achieve it. This plan will keep me accountable because if I fail to retain my progression schedule, I will know that I’m not going to achieve the goal on time.

                                                    Additionally, it can serve as a marker helping to signify when something is impeding my progress that I may not have initially accounted for. This tells me that I need to re-evaluate what I’m doing and figure out what adjustments I can make to facilitate my success.

                                                    So, why is goal setting important? Setting goals is key to keeping ourselves accountable and on-track towards accomplishing our goals according to the schedules and deadlines we set for ourselves.

                                                    7. Goals Make You Feel Good

                                                    Trust me, the progress you feel as you set and achieve goals can become super motivating and super addicting (in a good way)! The dopamine release you get from achieving your goals is like a little reward for our brains that continually motivates us to try and hit that next goal!

                                                    Having some clearly defined goals will help you to feel better about yourself and your life in general, especially when you stick to those goals, actively work towards achieving them, and end up accomplishing and surpassing your initial expectations. I’m not the oldest book on the shelf myself, but I can attest that there are not many feelings quite like the one you experience when you truly get on a roll!

                                                    Additionally, our goals give us an endpoint to shoot for. Rather than progress for progress’s sake, you can actually see where you’re heading! That’s so much more rewarding. Think about a long car trip as a kid. You ask “if you’re there yet?” ever 20 minutes. It seems like the drive drags on forever.

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                                                    If you don’t know where you’re going, you risk the journey becoming tedious. It doesn’t tend to be much fun wandering around aimlessly. Goals make us feel good about where we’re directing ourselves.

                                                    So, why is goal setting important? Because setting goals and accomplishing them plain and simply make us feel better about ourselves and our lives!

                                                    8. Goals Help You Live Your Best Life

                                                    I’ve talked a lot in this article about how goal setting helps us progress towards our top priorities and live the way we truly want to live. So I think it’s fit to end the article with this goal because, in the end, I feel it’s the most important one.

                                                    Setting your goals and clearly defining what they mean to you will help you live a life that is tailored to your beliefs and values. Your life will become directed towards the things that you most want to achieve.

                                                    Life is a tricky game and only in very rare circumstances are things handed to us on a silver platter. Often it takes a great degree of work, planning, and effortful execution of both.

                                                    There is no point clinging on to things in your life if they don’t bring you happiness or help you accomplish something that, in some way, aligns with your goals.

                                                    Simply put, setting goals helps us live a life that allows us to pursue the challenges and rewards that we truly want to achieve.

                                                    So, why is goal setting important? Because our time is always limited, and setting clearly defined goals can help ensure that you make the most of your life and live to the fullest! Find out more here: How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    These are just a few of the benefits of goal setting that outline why it truly is so important. If you take a moment or two, I bet that you can even think of a few more benefits yourself that you could add to this list.

                                                    If I could leave you with something, it would be this:

                                                    Goal setting has the potential to take us to some amazing places in life because we all have talent and ambitions. To achieve your biggest dreams, you need to be willing to sit down and create a life design uniquely tailored to you that will help you achieve them!

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