First, a history lesson.
I have been one to set goals for sometime. When I was fifteen, my goals were about that unrealistic big picture. A picture perfect life, funded by the dream job, supported by a handsome husband and a gremlin or two by 25. I was a naive child. Inevitably, reality hit. I am now 22 and only just finding my way in life.
However, since this time, my goal setting techniques have changed significantly. It started as the five year plan, migrated to the yearly goals and now in 2019, I set monthly goals.
So why am I zooming in on the smaller picture?
Firstly, my big picture is relatively set up. I have completed my studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Accounting in 2018. I have found a company that supports the idea of a career. I have a car that will get me by for several years (thanks Toyota!). I am in the property market after purchasing my first home in 2017. I will save that story for another post.
Secondly, 2018 was a flunk for goals. I feel like I achieved nothing. This was somewhat on purpose. In the previous year I had suffered a bit of a burn out, where I didn’t know what I wanted to do or where to go. With a year off, 2019 was the year to get back into my goal setting ways! I reflected why the few goals I did set for 2018 weren’t achieved. Two findings; 1. I needed to live, to learn how to be in the present. I am only 22 after all! 2. I made the overall goals, with no smaller goals to support them.
Fast forward to the start of 2019. I set all my major goals for the year. This year was difficult to set goals, I will admit. However, I have three major goals: continue to prioritise my health, cut my debt significantly and set myself up to travel.
Here’s what I have done differently. For each month, I have brainstormed a goal for nine different categories. The categories are as follows:
- Friends & Family
- Self Love
- Travel & Adventure
- Romance & Love
I have currently set goals up to and including the month of March. Further to this, I wrote out monthly finance targets for my debts; credit card, mortgage and car loan. I noticed last year it was too easy just to say get balance to $X, it didn’t keep me accountable to pay the required amount each week, and as a result, I failed.
So are the new goal setting strategies working? Absolutely. Stay tuned for a goals update.