If you’re a regular reader of this blog (you’re the best!) you probably know that I love setting goals. And each month, I publish my monthly goals here on the blog.
I do this for a couple of reasons. 1: I like to give my readers a little glimpse into what I’m doing and where my focus is. And 2: it gives me a sort of sense of accountability to actually achieve what I set out to do.
I actually set monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals. This helps me stay on track with what I set out to do for the year and for the most part, it helps me succeed – at least on the biggest things. If I don’t set goals, and write them down, I’m way too prone to get distracted and achieve basically nothing.
Don’t think I’m perfect about it, though. As you can see with my monthly goals, I don’t always reach them. I slack off sometimes, like everyone. We’re all human, after all!
But today I wanted to talk about why it’s a good idea to set monthly goals and some tips for achieving them!
Why should you set monthly goals?
– Like I said, they help you stay on track.
If you’re serious about achieving your yearly goals or New Years Resolutions, it’s good to have monthly goals to keep you on track all year round. When you’re not setting yourself smaller goals each month, you’re likely to just drop the resolution and forget about it, like a lot of people. Think of how much more stuff you could accomplish if you set aside time each month to work toward the big stuff you want to achieve!
– It helps you focus better.
A goal to keep in mind for 365 days is much tougher to focus on than a goal for about 30 days. When you’re not breaking that yearly goal down into the steps necessary to achieve it, you could feel overwhelmed and it can make the process messier. Setting monthly goals helps give you a better chance of achieving it because it’s only your goal for such a short period of time. Your focus will be clearer. They’re also easier to commit to and each month gives you a fresh start to set a new goal!
– You’ll always have something to work on.
I’m the type of person who always needs a challenge, something to work on, something to accomplish. I get restless when I’m not working toward something. If you’re the same, monthly goals are perfect for you. You’ll always have something that you’re trying to accomplish and you’ll get much more done.
– You’ll make a lot of progress.
At the end of the year (or in the middle) when you look back over each month, you’ll see how much progress you’ve made on everything you wanted to accomplish. Imagine looking back over your year in December and realizing how much stuff you’ve gotten done. It’s a great feeling! It’s also good for your motivation to see that you’re so productive in everything you want to do.
Tips for achieving monthly goals:
– Keep a master list.
Keep a big list of everything that you want to achieve, everything that you want to get done but haven’t gotten around to. Not just your yearly goals, but everything you can think of that you want to do. You can use this list as a reference for monthly goal ideas if you need them.
– Set weekly goals if you need to.
If you need extra motivation for achieving your monthly goals, set weekly goals. Let’s say that your monthly goal is to launch a blog. Maybe your goal for the first week could be to brainstorm topics and come up with a blogging plan. Then your week 2 goals could be to come up with a domain name, blog design, and actually set up the blog. Your week 3 goal could be to write 5 posts to get yourself started. Then finally, your week 4 goals could be to set up social media accounts, promote your blog, then launch it.
That was just a quick example, but you get the idea. Break the goal down even further so you have a higher chance of hitting it!
– Tell someone about them.
You’re much more likely to achieve your goals if you tell someone about them. You could tell your spouse, family member, friend, online community, post them on your blog, or just write them on a piece of paper and tape them to your wall. This helps keep you accountable. If you tell someone (or several people) then they might ask you how they’re going and remind you to work on them. If you put them on your wall, you’ll see them every day and be motivated to get them done.
– Don’t make them too big (or set too many).
When your monthly goals are to write and publish a novel, make a million dollars off of it, build a house, and lose 30 pounds, you’re sort of setting yourself up for failure. Make the goals manageable – because between work, family, social activities, and life in general, you’re probably not going to have time to achieve huge goals every month. Think realistically.
That’s why I set smallish goals. When you keep setting huge ones and never achieve them all, you might get discouraged and give up. On the same note, don’t set yourself 100 goals either because the same thing is likely to happen!
Do you set monthly goals? What are your best tips for them?