Every time we start a new year, we make resolutions and goals for the year. We see 365 new days ahead of us where we can work on ourselves, work on our career and create more amazing life experiences. So we start the new year excited, refreshed and super motivated for our resolutions but after the first few weeks into the new year, life gets in the way, and we can often lose track of our resolutions.
If you’re like me, you wrote what you want to achieve in 2018 on a piece of paper. And you put it away until December 31st, to recheck it to see if you met some of your resolutions. Well, that’s what I’ve been doing every year for the past couple of years. But this year, I checked my list and realized that I had a lot on my list and they were too general.
Example: “lose weight” is way too vague but lose X pounds by this month is more precise and more motivating.
I made my general resolutions list this year again, but I also broke down my goals into monthly goals. That way, I can work on little goals every month to achieve the bigger goals at the end of the year.
How do you break down goals into monthly goals?
I’m a person who categorizes practically everything. If you could see my bank account, you’d look at a bunch of my saving accounts all separate and categorized. I categorize the shit out of my finance and my life! (haha!) So, the need to classify my monthly goals is essential and more manageable too. You can add a category or remove one; it’s just to give you an idea.
You can break down your monthly goals into different categories:
One or two goals in “Grow your business” category:
Example: post one more blog post per week, reach out to a brand, collaborate with another blogger,…
One or two goals in the “Improve yourself” category:
Example: listen to a podcast every day, practice English pronunciation every day, take a Spanish lesson, read one book per month,…
One or two goals in “best self” category:
Example: workout three times per week, lose 5 pounds, meditate every morning, fill your five-minute journal every day and night, cook one vegan meal per week,…
One or two goals in a “personal project” category:
Example: work on a video project with a friend, write the first part of your book, paint, take a dance class,…
There are so many areas of our life we want to improve, so it’s important to choose one or two goals per category per month, so you’re working on creating new habits and improving on different things at the same time. Again, it shouldn’t take time to do it every month. I took maximum 10 minutes to set all my goals for the month and every day I make a quick glimpse at my monthly goals list.
Here’s how it works:
A good example is losing weight. Maybe you wrote down that you want to lose a good amount of weight this year on your resolutions list. To be honest with you, it looks like it will to take forever if you’re losing 2 pounds per week. But, it will be more motivating and satisfying if you break it down into 5 or 10 pounds per month. Which is more realistic, and every month you get to cross a mini goal that will lead you towards your end goal.
At the end of the month, you get to see what you’ve accomplished. And if a goal wasn’t successful that month, or you didn’t complete your goal, you can write it down for the next month until you achieve it!
It’s more fun to set monthly goals, and it helps to keep you motivated all year long! You’ll stick to your goals better than the traditional yearly resolutions, and you will achieve way more than you ever thought possible!