How To Set Goals With The Gear Yourself For Success (GYFS) Method

Knowing how to set goals is important in getting what you want and succeeding in life, especially in entrepreneurship and self development – for example, learning a skill or building your own business.

However, not many people can do goal setting right for them. Some know how to set goals but don’t seem to find the result they want right away. This is because the goal setting methods that are being used don’t apply universally.

Each person is unique and therefore, have different needs when it comes to goal setting. Here I’m going to show you how to set goals simply with a 5-step process I personally use: The GYFS Method.

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What is the GYFS Method?

GYFS Method stands for Gear Yourself For Success.

It’s a system I’ve developed for myself after having so many planners and journals on my arsenal; none of which worked to fit my needs and lifestyle.

The best part? This planner is only 5 pages.

Whoaaaa. 5 pages?! Are you sure???

Technically it’s 4 pages – because the planner really is just 4 pages. The 5th page is a bonus page of 30 tips for success. It comes in handy, I promise. 😉

How does that work if I only have 5 pages?

Glad you asked! What makes it different is that majority of the GYFS workbook focuses on habits, reflection and macro goals. By setting the foundations, you’ll eventually learn how to set goals properly and suitably for you.

I’ll teach you how that works in the later part of this post.

Note: Before you start, it’s essential to know that this workbook is designed for an annual goal setting. Your goals may or may not change over the course of 1 year so it’s best to mark the workbook with the year you’re doing it for.


Page 1: Strengths, Weaknesses and Inspirations

The first part of this goal setting method focuses on your strengths and weaknesses. Page 1 is all about knowing you and your skills.

Learning how to set goals with strengths and weaknesses makes your character stronger because you know which areas you have to improve and keep on improving.

It consists of 5 boxes:

  1. The 5 skills you know and love to do
  2. The 5 skills or experiences you lack
  3. The things you can do with your 5 strengths
  4. The things you need to overcome your 5 weakness
  5. A list of your inspirations to be checked daily


Page 2: Triggers and Major Monthly Goals

Page 2 enlists your triggers – both positive and negative triggers and your monthly goals.

By being aware of what motivates you and ticks you, you will be more wholly prepared in knowing how to set your goals.

The monthly goals tab focuses on one goal per month. This way, you can fulfill your goals in a more convenient fashion. It trains your mind to take on one big project at a time instead of being caught up in multiple confusing tasks.

Feel free to adjust your goals as you see fit.

Move them, switch them or even delete them… it’s up to you. The point in having these 12 boxes is for you to have a space of purpose for the year.


Page 3: Habits, Rewards, Consequences & Support

Page 3 concentrates on the four aforementioned elements: habits, reflections, rewards and supporters.


95% of goal setters fail because of one very important trait: habit.

I personally experienced this when setting my fitness goal. I realized that while I was motivated to lose and maintain weight, my exercise habits and grocery shopping didn’t reflect my goal. So I relapsed.

For the better part, I think this year I’ll start taking my goals more seriously but still with fun of course.

However, I’ll keep in mind that through habits, knowing how to set goals will be much much easier.

The first box requires you to set at least two (2) alarms daily.

Research shows that a daily reminder is appealing to effective goal implementation.

How To Set Goals With The Gear Yourself For Success (GYFS) Method

Rewards & Consequences

For this part, it’s all about knowing the WHY behind your goal. Aside from the HOW, it’s also vital that you are clear on the purpose of what you intend to do.

What is your “why”?

A clear path is the best path so writing the reasons & consequences will help you know how to set goals better.

This section is composed of the next three (3) boxes:

  • Your major why and its impact or the “how”
  • Future introspection or “What would happen? How will you feel?”
  • 12 monthly rewards

Major why measures your drive and how badly do you want this goal to happen in your life.

How does this also impact you? How drastic will your lifestyle change positively if you do this goal?

Future introspection is a future reflection on what might happen if you do not take action on your goal.

What will be affected? How will it make you feel?

12 monthly rewards is my favorite! This part is where you get to reap all the rewards of your hardwork! Goal setting ain’t fun when you get nothin’ right? *snap snap* So I deviced this part for you to write each of the month with a reward sitting right next to it.


What’s goal setting without support, am I right?

It can be very lonely when trying to learn how to set goals for yourself and follow through. So what’s the remedy?

A strong social foundation for what you want to do!

This may or may not be the same social circle you have now, but most likely I can tell you that it will be SO MUCH fewer than what you typically socialize with!


It’s because of this word: niche.

A niche is a particular interest narrowed done from one vague topic.

Think of the term goal setting. That’s the general thought. The niche could be fitness, business or education – it depends on what you’re going after.

So say, if you’re into fitness… a rather narrower niche in it could be running or jogging. And if you’re into these activities you need to find friends who are also into running or jogging too. Find a running group or jogging group near you and enjoy participating in activities.

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Page 4: Staples & Pick-Me-Uppers

This page gets you workin’ on your feet!

It consists of the following boxes:

  • Ideal work places (places of concentration; where you work best)
  • Optimal work schedule (times you work best)
  • Essential tools you need before working (so you can prep and get straight to your thing right away!)

The last two are crucial so pay attention to these too:

  • Activities you can do when you are low on motivation
  • A message to yourself

These two are powerful because if you know what you can do on days where it’s all monochrome, you’ll know how to bounce back to your goals much quicker than the last time.


Page 5: 30 Tips For Success

I’ll keep this a secret so you’ll have some surprise but trust me this page is waaaaaaaaay too good! I’d suggest you print two copies – one in your GYFS workbook and the other for your wall as a poster.

That way, your mind is constantly reminded to read them when your alarm rings for the GYFS reminder.

So that’s it. Congratulations on reaching the end! Now you have a more simplified way of setting goals and in turn you now know how to set goals short term and long term!

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Honestly, this blog post was way longer than the workbook itself. I figured it’ll just be a great expansive guide for you in case you need me to explain further. 😀

If you have questions on the workbook or the method itself, just hit me up in the comment section, tweet or send me a message on Twitter/Instagram (@earthloveskin) or email me here.

Again, thanks for sticking out! Paalam!

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Take A Break: 12 Ideas To Deal With Your Day Off + 5 Energizing Habits To Get Over That Slump

What do you do on your day off? Does work pour over and spill on your supposed leisure time? Are you unaware of how to spend your free time?

I know, some days you just don’t feel like doing anything and you’d call it a day. If you’re remotely like me, sometimes it could even extend to a week. It’s a hiatus that’s hard to deal and break.

And I’ll tell you that’s okay. Don’t feel guilty at all!

Because after weeks of hard work and constant movement, our body will eventually say, “Yo, I need a break. Can we stop and catch up for a while?”

But oops, if this “break” is too long and you feel you’re in a rut, what to do?


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1. Watch and binge!

You’ve heard of “Netflix and chill” right?
Or iFlix. Or Google Movies.


Whatever your provider is, you get the point.

This one may be a cliché but the first thing I do when I’m exhausted is enjoy some visual entertainment. I go on an adventure with a movie like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, be swept away by romance like City of Angels, Little Manhattan or Chasing Liberty, or ride on the thriller train with Stranger Things and Lord of The Rings.

Binge for 3 days to a week if your body is really needing a wind down. Listen to it and it will tell you how much time you need.

After that, the negativity you’re feeling is out of your system.

It’s a decent purge, I tell ya.


2. Catch up on what you saved

Saving too many bookmarks full of blog posts, articles and videos that you thought you’ll ever watch but never got around to? Me too.

Since I use Pomello, a little Pomodoro timer when I’m working, the pockets of 5-10 minute breaks are then my chance to catch up on some of them.

You can do this too and set aside a minimal of 20-30 minutes. And if you’re ever more vacant than that, go for an hour or three.


3. See the sun and feel the outdoors

So much immersion plugged all day to the internet can wear you down. Break the cycle for a bit by enjoying the outdoors and the sunshine.

You’d be surprised at what 20 minutes of walking or playing outside can do to your mood.

As a mama, this part is inserted in my weekly routine when Avis insists on going outside to the clubhouse grounds. It’s really hard to say no to that kid you know? Especially if she’s been cooped up and busy with Youtube or indoor playing for days. Yikes.

If you’re totally busy like my daughter, you could maybe get the chance by walking when you’re doing your daily commute instead of conveniently riding to a near destination.

Another idea is to bike your way around if you have one. It’s effortless, laid back but nonetheless a good exercise.

Or ya know, just put the damn smartphone and go out in your yard or the curb of your street! Stand there and breathe the air, smell the earth and feel the sun. 😃


4. Do short minute exercises

Feeling sluggish lately?

It’s usually because of lack of exercise, just ask my friend Coach Sofia.

Lack of exercise can make you stagnant, which seems reasonable because low levels of vitamin D can lead to fatigue and depression.

To help you out, try Sofia’s 15 minute workout here.

A little bit of movement can go a long way.

Personally I like High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and plyometrics for 10-20 minutes each round. It challenges my body to rely on weight and intensity to work out my muscles especially my legs and core.

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5. Go through your social calendar

Just cause you’re working or you’re busy with a project or a client doesn’t mean you can ignore your social needs.

Check your social calendar to see if you have upcoming events.

Hmm. Probably none? I hear you.

Use this time to catch up with friends and relatives. Like they say, “No man is an island”.

Each week you can rotate with different friends, sorting them by proximity or how close their location is.

Budget constraints or don’t feel like going out? No problem.

Allot one day to a particular friend you’ve been dying to catch up all year long and do just that. Choose from Facebook, Viber, Snapchat, Hangouts or Twitter. Even Instagram nowadays is picking up their game on messaging. But yo one word of advice, phone calls and video calls are so much better than typing.


6. Write your to-do’s for the upcoming day or week

I know this might sound counter-intuitive, but trust me, there’s nothing like a freed up schedule.

I use Evernote (get your FREE account here!) to jot down my thoughts, notes, to-do’s and plans. It’s very useful and I highly recommend it.

Another free service I use is Trello. It’s like a virtual corkboard where you can organize your tasks. They have apps for the web, the iPhone, iPad, and Android models too so you can bring it anywhere you go.

For now these are my top two, but I promise to write an ultimate list of productivity and management apps and software I use!

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7. Unplug and meditate

Go on a technology detox and shut off your interaction from any gadget during your day off. It’s good for the soul while it lets you reflect on your overall being.

I do yoga and pilates on my spare time, and on days where I play with my daughter or I feel down, I refrain from checking my social media.

It’s hard to keep up when you’re back but hey it’s worth it.

No confusing notifications and headaches for a while!


8. Attend an event

Empty days like the weekends can be repetitive. Shake it up for a change by participating in a local event like a conference, a meetup or a bazaar.

💡 Tip: Use the Facebook events feature, Eventbrite and to discover events near you.


9. Date yourself

When was the last time you went on a date?

Isn’t there something magical and romantic in it, don’t you think? While your romantic relationship may or may not exist, it’s still very important to nurture the one with ourselves.

💡 Here are some ideas:

  • Set up a cozy fine shrine for you, complete with your vision board, dreams and cut out clippings for your future better self.
  • Treat yourself to a nice hearty homemade meal – candlelights recommended.
  • Go to a place where you can be quiet and alone with your soul, like a park or a graveyard (yep! It’s not that spooky in my opinion! Famous writers do it!)
  • Buy flowers and address it to yourself, or pick some from the local flower shop. You can also buy a potted plant and grow it on your own.


10. Write yourself a letter

When you’re not having your best week, writing yourself a letter can be therapeutic.

There are 3 forms for this:

  1. Letter of forgiveness. Forgive yourself for feeling guilty and down. There are best days and worst ones, and from my experience, you just have to roll with life to thrive and survive. Forgive yourself for working too hard or too little, because that’s okay. Your days will vary and know that the only pressure you feel is from you.
  2. Letter of appreciation. Gratitude, they say, is the best medicine to a really bad day. Thank yourself for who you are, what you’re capable of, and how far you’ve come can uplift you.
  3. Letter to your future self. Time capsule, anyone? I was watching Peppa Pig with my two-year-old daughter and in one episode they decide to make a time capsule. It’s a really neat idea to have something from the past uncovered in the future. My best bet is you write something that you’d want to read later on. It could be like a dialogue or a discussion of your goals and see years from now if it will happen. Now, that’s magic folks!


11. Join a community

It’s a great feeling to belong somewhere. Whether it be online or offline, finding a group where you share common interests is fun, engaging and enlightening.

A sense of belonging is one of the cornerstones in achieving your greater self.

Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs?

Yep. That one.

Find one of the strongest pursuits in your field of interests (say, fitness, blogging or cosmetics) and search a community for it. Chances are, there’s already an existing one waiting to be found.

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12. Do something good

Research shows doing something good makes you feel good. So why not do a little nice activity today?

[excerpt] They found that the more people participated in meaningful activities, the happier they were and the more purposeful their lives felt.

Doing good for the world or for someone increases your happiness and fulfillment. Not to mention it’s a double jackpot too!

How’s that for a change?

💡 Some ideas include:

  • Volunteering for a non-profit on your weekend
  • Visiting a local charity or orphanage on a Saturday
  • Offer to take up household chores for your family
  • Type someone’s paper
  • Buy someone a subscription to a service they use, like Spotify, Evernote, Trello
  • Bake cookies and send them in bags around your neighborhood
  • Thank the regular blue collar people who come by your house like the newspaper guy, the post man, the street vendor or even the security guard at your favorite establishments and tell them you’re grateful for their service
  • Send an e-card randomly to a friend
  • Put together a playlist


And if you’re still feeling a little low and can’t get over the hump, here are 5 energizing habits you can DEFINITELY do any day:

  1. Brush your teeth. 
    It sounds mundane but there’s this wonder of having clean teeth and minty breath to rejuvenate you!When I’m demotivated, it’s surprising how I break the funk once I brush my teeth. Turns out, I’m just annoyed by not having clean teeth. Maybe this’ll work for you too! 🙂
  2. Take a bath.

    Cold baths are for when you need a jolt and warm baths are for lazy, long sluggish days.

    Choosing the right kind of bath is like a make or break. Because hey, if you’re feeling lazy and you so unknowingly jump into cold shower… guess what? It’ll put your mood off even more.It’s like drinking black coffee when you’re really thirsty.
    You’re not getting what your body needs.Rather, take a warm bath to soothe your senses, open up your pores and enjoy a relaxing and healing magic of water.

    On the other hand, don’t get a warm bath when you need to hurry!
    Got it? Good.

  3. Inspire yourself. 
    Successful and goal-oriented people surround themselves with inspiration.It could be people or things, places or quotes you find on BrainyQuotes (don’t you just loooove the many quotes there?!).I, myself, use a Chrome extension called Momentum to get my day started. It’s my substitute for coffee (I quit 10 months ago) and it gives me a glimpse of the time, an inspirational quote, my to-do’s, the weather and my favorite bookmarks. It’s become my essential for the day. And no, this isn’t a sponsored post mwahaha. I wish! But Momentum is cool as a polar bear that I would absolutely suggest having on your Chrome browser. Sorry Safari and Microsoft Edge users. They’re not available for you yet.You can inspire yourself too, by talking to a living inspiration.Have you always wanted to chat with that artist or maker you admire?

    Go ahead and message them!
    You never know, they might just reply! It’ll definitely make your day.

    And while you’re at it, thank them for their talent and go ask them useful questions like what do they do when they’re down, how do they find inspiration in what they do and why they do it.

  4. Have a planner.

    I’ve heard of people who are not much of planners and all I can say is, even if you’re one of the crowd, there’s always room for a little planning.Life just calls for it if you haven’t noticed.If you don’t like the idea of dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s then think of it as a rough preparation.Planning makes your thoughts tangible, and that’s what makes it so powerful to help you get over the slump.

    I recommend one with a monthly/yearly calendar and ample spaces to write appointments as well as blank spaces for your mini and macro goals.

    A perfect example would be my GYFS workbook – did I mention it’s only 5 pages?

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  5. Laugh and get a hug.

    Watch a comedy movie – I recommend anything Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler and Jason Segel.Crack a joke and chuckle at yourself for being corny.Get a hug from someone you love, or even a friendly stranger. Yes, your pets count too!

    Because it’s true, laughter and hugs are the best medicine.


There you go! I hope these tips sincerely help you.

Let me know what worked and what didn’t in the comments below. I would love to hear your feedback!

Need help? Want to start goal-setting or figuring out your life path but don’t know how?
Contact me here and I’ll respond to you as fast as I can. 🙂

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