Why Monthy Goals Create Better Results
I have always been a goal-orientated person, but this often led to me being overwhelmed, disheartened, and unlikely to underachieve. I would set goals that were too big or took too long to achieve and would end up giving up and feeling less motivated that I had before…. Then, two years ago I read an article on why setting monthly goals created better results and I was hooked! Here are the reasons why monthly goals create better results.
I have a habit of setting my goals too big. Some of my goals in the past have been: read a book every month, train for a natural bodybuilding competition, learn to play guitar, put away $2,000 into savings.
Some of these were unrealistic (let’s face it, I often find it hard to remember to take my vitamins every night, how on earth will I find the time to do these goals??)
Others were realistic, but I had no plan on how to actually accomplish them. With monthly goals, I can take a big goal and break it down into more realistic chunks. Which leads me to my next point.
I call myself a productive procrastinator. When I have something I know I need to get done, I tend to find other things to occupy my time instead. I really need to update my budget binder…. oh look! my closet could use some rearranging…. sheesh
A big benefit of setting monthly goals is that you can break down the big, overwhelming goals. A yearly goal of reading a book a month can now be broken down to reading 20 pages a day or something as simple as reading for 30 minutes each night.
Because monthly goals are more workable, I have a much higher chance of actually sticking to them.
Ever set a big goal, tell lots of people about it, then feel ashamed when you can’t complete it? Well, I have. I once set a goal that I would not drink for the entire summer (this is when I was attempting to train for a natural bodybuilding competition) and well… three weeks in I was at a friend’s wedding enjoying the free wine! Oops.
I like setting monthly goals to try new things. Last year I committed to meditation for a month. It was ok, but not something I really wanted to stick to. Because I only set this goal for one month, I had no guilty feelings walking away from it. This year I plan to try yoga for a month, we will see how that goes!
Helps to build habits
When you add all of these benefits together, they really help to build better habits. I found that since I am more likely to stick to a goal for 30 days, I am also more likely to keep that goal moving forward.
For example, two years ago I set a goal to meal prep every Sunday. This has turned into a wonderful habit!! My week is freed up to spend time with my husband instead of worrying about what I will make for dinner and lunches that night.
How to Set Monthly Goals
Now that you know why monthly goals create better results, here’s a list of tips to help you create those monthly goals!
First – Create a List
Think of this as a brain dump. I jot down any and all goals I may want to accomplish, big or small it does not matter!
Some of my ideas were: create a blog schedule, create a nightly beauty routine, floss, create a summer bucket list, pay off two credit cards, attempt yoga, drink more water, clean out every room in the house, research personalized learning, read a workout book, craft more, train for a powerlifting competition.
Second – Categorize
I am obsessed with colored pens, so this was the perfect time to bust them out! Circle, star, or highlight anything that fits together.
My categories were:
Third – Divide and Conquer
Here is where I decide what will be my overall 2020 goals and what will be my specific monthly goals. Now you may be wondering why I still set yearly goals, but remember, the beauty of monthly goals is that I can break down a yearly goal into smaller chunks.
My two yearly goals are: Pay off two credit cards and Train for a powerlifting meet in the fall
The rest of my goals I have set will either help me towards my yearly goals or will be small monthly goals that I personally want to accomplish.
Finally – Create SMART Goals
The final step is to make sure the goals aline with the SMART acronym.
Using this acronym helps to keep me accountable and allows me to clarify my goals. For example, drink more water is not specific, measurable, or time-bound. If I change that to drink two full water bottles each day, now that checks off every category!
Sum it Up
Overall, goal setting is a great tool for self-development. I encourage you to set goals for 2020 and tell us about them! A great way to stay accountable is to let people know about them.
Want to apply these tips to setting New Year’s Resolutions? See this post!