Is it time to check in with yourself? Here's why you should review your goals mid-year
The start of a new year typically brings us setting ambitious goals. But then before we know it, half the year has flown by and the goals we set in January have been long forgotten.
When we start setting goals, we have feelings of excitement and energy in the anticipation of endless. We feel highly motivated and our commitment to smash our goals is strong.
This is a great time of year to set aside some uninterrupted time to do a mid-year check-in for yourself. A goal review can be helpful to understand if your current goals are still relevant and meaningful, if they align with your current life and to identify what changes you want to make moving forward.
Grab a journal, pen and take at least 30 minutes out of your day to give yourself the space to reflect and set goals.
#1 Evaluate your progress and position
It’s time to evaluate your past six months and where you are at now. Ask yourself these questions:
What are you grateful for?
What have you accomplished this year?
What goals did you set that you have really focusing on?
What goals did you set that you haven’t made enough progress on yet?
#2 Reflect on your goals
If you set goals and either abandoned or ignored them, conducting a check in can reinvigorate your motivation and inspire you to get back on track and course correct,
Sometimes, we also set specific goals at the start of the year that are no longer relevant or perhaps we’ve been a bit unrealistic. Ask yourself these questions:
What goals still feel relevant?
Think about what obstacles you face for these goals and reasons why you haven’t accomplished them yet
What goals no longer feel relevant? (Remove them from your list)
What goals have you already completed?
What behaviours or habits were the most helpful in accomplishing or progressing with these goals?
#3 Looking towards the future
Now that you’ve taken time to reflect, look to the next half of the year?
Take a moment and picture what your ideal life would look like (think about your health, relationships, job, living situation, travel etc).
Now set 3 main goals that align with your ideal life
What is your why for the goals you’ve set?
Create an action plan for these goals: break them down into manageable chunks, so if this goal is to be achieved by the end of the year, work out what you need to do on a monthly/weekly/daily basis
What challenges do you anticipate and how will you overcome them?
What new skills would you like to develop to achieve these goals?
#4 Hold yourself accountable
Now that you’ve identified your goals for the remainder of 2019 and created an action plan, work out how you will hold yourself accountable. This could be in the form of weekly check-ins with yourself whilst journalling (set an alarm to remind yourself) or a list that you hang up and physically tick-off. It’s important to continually remind yourself of your goals so that you can consciously work towards them.