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10 Life Areas For Goal Setting (With Goals Example)

If you’re looking for some help with setting goals, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve written this article to help you figure out what areas of your life need the most focus in order to grow as a person. There are many ways we can set goals and achieve them, but it helps to know which areas of your life need more attention before you start trying to make changes.

So how do we figure out what those areas are?

The 10 Life Areas For Goal Setting:


  • Exercise. This is the most obvious and likely to be the first thing you’d think of when setting goals in this area, but I’m including it on purpose because it’s such an important part of our health and well-being. If we don’t have time or energy for exercise, then we’re not going to meet our other goals either; it’s just that simple! Making sure your body has what it needs to function properly helps with sleep and stress management (which are also under the Physical category), as well as weight management which has its own section below. And who doesn’t want more energy? That’s where exercise comes in!
  • Diet/weight loss/weight management/etc. This includes all things related to what we put into our bodies—foods/drinks, supplements (however they’re classified), vitamins etc.—as well as how much rest they get between meals so digestion can occur properly while keeping blood sugar levels stable enough not only so that hunger won’t lead us into overeating but also because low blood sugar levels can cause mood swings which could interfere with meeting other goals too!
  • Sleep quality & quantity: How many hours do I need each night? Do I have a regular schedule? Is my sleep quality good enough for me personally based on how long I’ve been doing this task every day without fail (or if ever)? Am I getting enough exercise during waking hours so that both my mind & body feel ready for bedtime by 10pm (or whatever time works best)? Are there any sources of light pollution preventing me from falling asleep easily enough once it becomes dark outside?


Spiritual development is an important part of your personal growth and life. Being spiritual means you are interested in the meaning of life, how you can make a difference, and how to be a better person.

  • Understand yourself: What makes you happy? What motivates you? What do you want out of life? What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Be open to new experiences: Try something different that might help bring clarity on what matters most to yourself (e.g., yoga class) or connect with others (e.g., meetup groups)
  • Connect with others: Talk about ideas for improvement or simply share experiences


Financial goals can be short term or long term, specific or general. And they don’t always have to be just one of these things; you can set both a general and a specific goal, or two different types of goals.

For example, you might want to save $30,000 for your retirement fund over the next five years (specific), while also deciding how much money you want to make (general).

You should think about setting financial goals because they help you plan for the future and make smart decisions with your money now. By setting financial goals, you’ll know what your income needs to be in order to reach those levels in the future when they’re relevant—and that means more money saved for retirement!


Relationships with family, friends and significant others are a huge part of life and can bring us great joy—but they can also be one of the hardest areas to manage for many people. Sometimes we have trouble communicating our needs properly and setting boundaries that work for everyone involved.

Other times, we need to forgive ourselves for past mistakes or ask forgiveness from others when we’ve hurt them. Whatever the situation may be, it’s important to remember that relationships take work—and there will always be room for improvement!

Here are some tips on how you can make sure your relationships are healthy:

  • Communicate effectively by listening attentively instead of just waiting your turn to talk; speaking clearly while keeping eye contact; asking questions in order (i.e., “is this what happened?”); listening before responding; paraphrasing back what you’ve heard so far; taking turns talking about what’s happening between both parties involved in order establish trust (this could mean describing situations where things went well or didn’t go as planned).
  • Trust each other enough not only so things run smoothly but also because there will always be times when one person needs help from another without knowing exactly how much time/energy will go into resolving whatever issue(s) arise during that process–which means having trust means being able to rely on each others’ abilities before anything else happens.”


Goal setting is an important part of career development. It helps you to focus on the specific areas you want to improve and reach your career goals faster.

  • What are some career goals you can set?
  • How do I improve my communication skills?
  • How do I get better at managing my time?
  • What other skills should I develop for my job search?
  • How do I set career goals?

You need to create a list of specific actions that will help achieve your goal. For example: “I will make more time for myself by waking up 15 minutes earlier each day.” Or “I will learn how to use social media tools like LinkedIn and Facebook effectively by taking an online course.” Once you have this list ready, pick one action that resonates with you most and make it a top priority in your life!


Mental goals are the most complicated of all. You can’t just “set” a mental goal like you would a physical or emotional one, but there are ways to achieve them.

First, consider what your mental goals are and what they mean to you. Is it to be more creative? More patient? More confident? Once you’ve figured that out, think about how exactly those traits will help make your life better.

Maybe being more creative will allow you to pursue new hobbies or work in an area that excites you; maybe being more patient will help improve your relationships with loved ones; maybe being more confident will give you the courage to try something new or go after a bigger dream than ever before.

If this sounds like too much work (it might), another option is simply setting aside time each day for reflection on these questions—and don’t hesitate to keep writing down any answers that come up!

By taking some time each day for introspection about how improving in these areas could affect every aspect of life, we can start putting ourselves on the path toward making those improvements happen.


Emotional goals, then, are about feeling good. They’re about having the right feelings and being in the right place emotionally.

Emotional areas of life are:

  • Attitude (how you think)
  • Mindfulness (how you feel)
  • Relationships (who or what you spend time with)


If you want to be the best version of yourself, you need to stay healthy. This includes regular exercise, eating healthily and getting enough sleep. It also means taking time out for a relaxing bath or meditation session. You might think these things don’t matter when it comes to your overall success—but they do!

In fact, studies show that people who prioritize their health have better performance at work and experience less stress than those who don’t prioritize it. So if you want to make more money or become more successful in business, take care of yourself first!

Personal Development

Personal Development is the most common area for setting goals. It’s also the most difficult because you have to be honest with yourself and work on things that are important to you.

If you want to improve yourself, here are some suggestions:


Social goals are related to your family, friends, or community. You may want to build stronger relationships with your children, or you could be trying to find someone special to date.

These goals can be achieved in many ways: cooking a meal together as a family; spending time with friends without electronics; volunteering at a local shelter or soup kitchen.

Be sure you have ample time set aside for socializing before setting this goal. When it comes down to it though you should think about what’s important for you and how much quality time do you think would best suit your needs?

You can find what areas you want to set goals in.

Once you have a list of life areas and goals, it’s time to take the next step: breaking down those goals into smaller steps. This is the most crucial part of goal-setting because it allows you to see what’s really required for success.

For example, let’s say your goal is to save $10,000 by January 1st. You can say this is a big goal or just one part of your big financial plan—but if we break that down into its components (or sub-goals), we’ll find that saving $10,000 requires saving $1,000 each month for 12 months! That seems like more manageable progress than our original goal did!

Once we have all our sub-goals laid out in front of us (in this case monthly savings), then we can create an action plan for ourselves that shows how much money needs to be saved each month in order for us reach our end goal by its deadline date.


We hope that you’ve found our tips useful and helpful. We believe that goal setting is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It helps keep your life on track and gives you something to work towards as well as celebrate when it happens!

Meet the Author

Mo Fayez is an engineer by trade with more than 15 years of experience in management, passionate about Management coaching, self-help, and productivity. He has a passion for teaching and helping others become the best that they can be. He also enjoys training people to become more productive at work.Learn more about this blog that Mo has created in 2021, and why he decided to start this blog. If you want to send Mo a quick message, then visit his contact page here.

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