The Millennials’ Guide to Keeping Up with Goals

We’re just past the mid-year mark – and how are you doing on your annual goals?  It’s a challenge that everyone faces after the excitement of setting New Years’ Resolutions starts to fade…but there is no better time than today to check in on your goals to make sure you are on track.

Here are five tips to keeping up with goals throughout the year, not just the first week in January!

  1. Create habits. It’s almost impossible to achieve significant goals without making a permanent change in your lifestyle, whether it’s to work more hours at the office or to spend more time in the gym.  It’s important to develop habits that will ultimately become a regular activity for you.  For example, one of my goals is to eat healthier snacks while at the office.  If I don’t make a habit out of it, I’ll end up at the office munching on chocolate and Smartie’s every day.  Instead, every Sunday, my husband and I spend the time to go to the grocery store, pick out healthy snacks for the week, and wash, package, and prepare the snacks to make it as easy as possible to execute.  It’s become a habit that we grocery shop and prep our snacks every Sunday afternoon – and now it’s like clockwork!
  2. Utilize Outlook. I love to use Microsoft Outlook to track my work-related goals.  For example, if one of your goals is to better manage your emails, set a recurring task to go through your inbox every Friday afternoon.  I use Outlook to take my goals a step further, beyond professional goals.  I’d like to improve my health and ideally exercise 2 to 3 days per week.  To help make this a priority, I added two exercise classes per week to my Outlook calendar, and even scheduled hikes on the weekend with my husband.  If it’s on my calendar, I’m a lot more likely to do it.
  3. Use a Three-Pronged Approach. Instead of setting five large goals for the entire year, I prefer to break down my list into quarterly, monthly and weekly goals that are more manageable.  If I have a large annual goal that is important to me, I’ll break it up into four chunks so that I’m not overwhelmed by the prospect of a huge goal, and instead inspired to achieve it in four smaller parts.
  4. Review Goals Weekly. I set an Outlook reminder every weekend to review my quarterly goals list, check in with myself on monthly goals, and set goals for the upcoming week. It’s easy to set goals and forget about them – but if you are continually keeping them top of mind, you will naturally make more of an effort to achieve them.
  5. Take Action. A great way to motivate yourself – or in some cases, force yourself – to achieve your goals is to take immediate, and even impulsive, action.  If your goal is to run a half marathon, then start by signing up for the half marathon ahead of even training for it!  If you have an end date in mind, and you are committed to it both financially and mentally, you are that much more likely to achieve your goal when the time comes.  Similarly, if your goal is to save $10,000 in a given year, auto-deduct $833 per month from your paycheck and see your savings start to grow.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Categories

Latest Posts