So here we are, officially on the cusp of the second half of the year. Is it just me or did the first six months completely fly by? It feels like just yesterday we were setting our New Year’s resolutions and kicking off 2019. Look, I get it. Time flew and suddenly those goals you set are feeling less and less attainable. But don’t use that as an excuse to wait until January to make a change!
Acknowledge your progress
First things first, give yourself some props for what you have accomplished this year, no matter how small. Even if you haven’t checked off all your goals or resolutions, you’ve still made progress and that deserves to be celebrated.
Let’s look back on the goals you set at the beginning of the year. Did any of them have a specific deadline that has passed? You can cross those off the list and try again next year. Now, take a look at the rest of your goals and resolutions and ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you halfway to your goal target (if applicable to deadlines)?
- Is your goal still compelling?
- What do you need to do to get back or stay on track?
- What support do you need to get back or stay on track?
- Do you want to aim higher?
- What will you do from here?
The best mid-year check-ins result in actionable steps. Just because you had one bad cheat meal doesn’t mean you toss the entire diet out the window until the next day. Now that you know whether or not you’re on track and whether or not the goal is still meaningful and significant, what is the very next step? What will you do next week, next month, all the way until the end of the year? It could be getting support to get unstuck. It could be more of what you were already doing. Pull out a calendar and commit to a plan and timeline for the rest of the year.
Look at the big picture
When you’re doing a mid-year check-in on your goals, it’s important to look at the big picture and the small, everyday details. If you want to accurately assess your progress, you need to establish loftier plans. The micro and the macro are essential during your mid-year check-in, so make sure to evaluate both. If you made a lofty goal at the beginning of the year and haven’t made a lot of progress toward achieving it, it could be because you overshot. The size and scope of long-term goals often discourage us from making immediate progress, but large goals are often incredibly rewarding. So, what should you do? Break your lofty goals into smaller, manageable chunks. Set tiny deadlines along the way to the big, looming deadline at the end of the year. You’ll gain accomplishment momentum and stay on track with your lofty goals a lot better if you do this.
Make a more/less list
If you read our New Year’s resolution post, you saw we took a different approach to our goal-setting this year. But if you are a traditional goal- or resolution-setter, you may benefit from a more/less list. Sometimes, our goals from January don’t fit where our life or intentions are going just a few months later. In order to clarify what you really want to be doing more of, less of and what goals you want to be focusing on, you should make a more/less list. Split a piece of paper with a line down the middle. On one side, write down what you’d like to be doing more of at work. On the other, write down what you’d like to be doing less of at work. See how this matches up or diverts from the goals you’ve set for yourself and adjust accordingly. Click here to download ours!
Plan in reverse
Yes, you’ve set a goal and you want to accomplish it this year, but have you actually made a plan for it yet? If your progress on a certain goal has stagnated, it’s time to set a specific deadline and plan each actionable step you’ll take toward it in reverse. So, start with the key deliverable you want to achieve with your goal or resolution, then work backwards from December 31 to see what you need to do in the time left of this year.
Get some inspiration
Need a kickstart? If you’re looking to start some new resolutions or goals this second half of the year, here are a few ideas:
- Train for a December 5k
- Start waking up an hour earlier to meditate (way earlier to do in the summer!)
- Save a certain chunk of money and pay off a credit card
- Start a new hobby like taking a weekly cooking class or signing up for a floral-arranging workshop
- Start an herb garden
- Start a creative side hustle
- Join a reading challenge
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