I love the start of a new month. Today is the 1st day of May and I am excited for what is coming this month. If you haven’t been around this space in a while you probably will notice a lot has changed. This blog of mine got a reboot and I am excited to start off the month of May strong. One of my favorite things to do at the start of a new month is creating a fresh list of monthly goals to focus on. Sometimes I share those goals here with you all but this month I wanted to give some tips to anyone out there who struggles to create goals that they can stick to.
Here are my tips to creating monthly goals:
Use your yearly goals as a guide.
If you don’t have goals for the year try starting there. I find that having larger goals for the year is a great starting point. Each month I review my vision board and list of goals for the year and break those down into smaller goals that I want to work on that month. That way I know I am working towards my larger goals by hitting my smaller monthly goals.
Set realistic goals.
Set monthly goals that are actually attainable. Setting SMART goals is a great method. You want to make sure the goals you are setting are actually attainable in the time frame you are giving yourself. Keep in mind all of the things you have going on in your day to day. Be sure to reach for things that you can realistically include in your schedule.
Don’t set too many goals.
To add on to the previous tip make sure you aren’t overextending yourself. Set a reasonable amount of goals. This can really vary depending on the types of goals you are hoping to reach. For example, if I decide this month I want to start a new morning routine which requires me to get up earlier it doesn’t really take away from other things I need to do throughout the day. A goal like “write for an hour every day” could mean switching some things up in your daily schedule. So, this is definitely something to keep in mind.
Create baby steps for each goal.
As you are writing down your monthly goals it helps to set goals that can be broken down into smaller steps. A great example is to work out every day. Start out doing 15 minutes of movement every day for the first week. Then you can work your way up to you desired workout time by the end of the month. This way you are easing into a new change and creating a great new habit.
If you get overwhelmed easily – stick to one significant goal
Do not feel like you have to have multiple goals set each month. A lot of us have ongoing things that we are always working on. It’s totally fine to just set one goal that you would love to stick to throughout the month. Whether it is a financial goal, a health goal or a hobby you want to do more. It feels so good at the end of the month to be able to say you hit that goal vs. trying to do too much and not getting anything done as a result. Give yourself grace and do what is best for you.
There you have it. 5 tips to create monthly goals that you can stick to. I love setting goals but I personally like to make sure they are goals I can hit by the end of the month. I love to look back and take stock of what I was able to do each month. Let me know below if you like to set monthly goals and how you make sure they are achievable for you!