How to Learn From 2017 to Perfect Your 2018 Goals

How to Learn From 2017 to Perfect Your 2018 Goals

Happy New Years to everyone!

We hope you had an amazing 2017 and that you are ready to tackle 2018!

As I mentioned last week, let’s talk about what goals we failed in 2017 to make 2018 more successful.

I am no goal expert but I thought I would share my method to succeeding at goals. Either you will learn something new or you can give me some more advice in the comment section below.

Setting Goals

If you do not already, you should be setting goals for yourself. These goals should be your big year-long goals. Then there should many smaller goals to accomplish those.

This time of year I focus on the year-long goals. Those other little detail goals are future Adam’s problem.

To help me organize them I use a mind map. Mind maps help me organize the goals better. You can use whatever method you want to though.

My favorite app to use is the Mindly app. It has a very clean and easy to use interface.

Here I figure out two or three year-long goals that are nestled under my life goals. This ensures that I take a step closer to those massive goals each year.

Example of Mindly

Looking Back

To be honest with you, I do not accomplish each and every goal every year.

I can say that I have become more and more successful each year. When I first started this goal-setting method two years ago, I only accomplished around 25% of my by year-long goals. This year I am at an 80% success rate!

How did I keep improving?

Well, at the end of each year I take a look back to figure out how successful I was. When I did this for the first time it made me really depressed as I felt like I wasted a whole year. This motivated me to focus better for the upcoming year.

The next thing I do is take an honest look at why I failed last year’s goals. For me, it is mostly because I did not focus enough throughout the year. I lost track of my goals during the year and forgot about them.

Looking Forward

You should now figure out a way to fix and implement that fix for the upcoming year.

For me, this coming year I look to fix my focus issue so I do not forget my goals.

To implement this fix, I will look at my year-long goals every week to see what I can do next week to get me closer to those goals. This technique will be the same thing I do with the year-long goals but on a smaller and shorter timeframe.

If you wanted, you could do this on a day-to-day basis as well. I might switch to this later in the year but will start with a week-to-week time frame while setting daily to-do’s.

I am hoping this technique helps keep me focused throughout the year to check-off all of my year-long goals!

What do you plan to implement this year?

Time to Tackle Those 2018 Goals!

Now it is time to go make 2018 the most successful year of your life!

I dare you to write your goals in the comments below and come back to this post in 365 days to see how successful you were.

To keep things fair, here are some of my 2018 goals.

  • Personal – Read one book per month.
  • Blogging – Get Wallet Squirrel’s viewership up to 50,000 per month.
  • Finances – Cut my student loan debt in half.

Again, Happy New Year! Andrew and I are truly thankful for all of you for making 2017 a special year! We are so excited to see what 2018 has to bring to Wallet Squirrel.

 

Cheers!

Adam

 

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