Mid-Year Goals: How To Get Back On Track With Your Resolutions
Think back a few months to December 2015. Christmas was in the air and we were all rearing up for a new year by making a list of goals for the next 12 months – maybe you wanted to learn a new language or finally get that budget in order or start swimming again to increase your fitness. Whatever your resolution, there’s a high chance you’ve forgotten about it come August. Whoopsie. Don’t worry though, you’re not alone. And thankfully, there is a solution.
We’re talking mid-year goals. 2016’s dreaded half-way mark has come and gone (scary, I know) so now’s the perfect time to check in, rethink or maybe start a few new goals for the rest of the year. And we promise you – it is possible to achieve the goals you set out to realise. They might just need a little tweak, and you a boost of confidence.
Here’s a few key tricks to getting back on track with your goals and resolutions.
#1 Stay positive
Stick to the positives here. You might be thinking, “I didn’t manage to get anything done the first half of the year, what makes the second half of the year any different?” It’s a sobering thought – but a little misguided.
Making mid-year goals is less about putting yourself down about not achieving what you set out to achieve in January, but more about checking in with where you’re at and making some progressive changes. Maybe your initial goals were a little unachievable, and could use a little tightening. If it was your goal to run a marathon, maybe break it down into smaller mini-resolutions – like running a 10k, then a 15k, a 20k and so on. It might take longer than expected but at least you’ve got something achievable to tick off at the end of the day.
#2 Don’t bombard yourself
If you’ve made a number of resolutions for 2016, it’s important not to get too overwhelmed by the impending responsibility of it all. For example, it’s pretty damn hard to score a new job, a new house and a new exercise regime at once, so try tackling them one at a time – that way you’ll start to think of them as achievable actions, and not a stockpile of all the things you need to do. Also, being selective with your goals means you’ll be able to figure out what really matters to you.
#3 Track your progress and reward yourself
Sometimes we just need someone watching over us to guilt us into making the right decisions. It sounds harsh, but it’s often the best motivation for getting things done. Unfortunately, not all of us have a conveniently unemployed friend who can intently watch over us and make sure we’re eating healthy lunches everyday, so we have to get a little creative.
Try and find a way to monitor or measure the progress of your goal, and start tracking it closely – this could be an app, a calendar, a chart, a diary or a Facebook post to visibly track your progress and make you accountable. Once you reach set goals, you can keep the motivation up with rewards or incentives. Working harder is always worth it when there’s the promise of chocolate/a weekend doing sweet FA/a massage at the end of it all.
#4 Rid yourself of distractions
Remove the distractions that are stopping you from achieving your goal and block out chunks of time in your schedule to work on your objective – whether that’s taking the time to work on your growing small business, using your lunch break to sneak in a midday yoga class or ridding yourself of the toxic forces (ahem, your phone) that are gobbling up your precious ‘me’ time.
#5 Remind yourself often
The second you let your goals fall by the wayside, they can just as easily be lost forever. Try to curb this by making daily reminders for yourself that will push you to step up. Try an app like Coach.me that helps you set goals, and stick to your guns with daily reminders and messages. If that doesn’t work, pester your best friend/workmate/significant other to incessantly tell you to work on your goal – or if worse comes to worst, get your mother to do it. That’ll definitely kick things up a notch.
Rebecca Russo is a freelance writer, editor, community radio dabbler, occasional hiker and celebrity autobiography enthusiast. She has written for online publications including Junkee, AWOL, Fashion Journal and Tone Deaf. Find her online here.