I love setting and achieving goals. At the beginning of 2016 I made some big goals for the year. Now that the year is 3/4 over, I have realized that I haven’t met a single goal I set this January (I set 6). This isn’t because of some massive failure. Instead, as I look over them, I see that my life has taken a different direction than I had planned 10 months ago.
I feel like I’ve had a great year thus far and have accomplished so much, which makes me question how I need to restructure my goal setting, because this method isn’t working.
Recently, I heard a conversation among productivity podcasters about their goal setting and was blown away by a simple idea. Each one said that either they didn’t even set yearly goals, or if they did, they used them as an overarching theme rather than a specific goal. Instead, they focused their attention on setting and achieving quarterly goals. In their viewpoint, a yearly goal is too lofty and too much changes in a year, whereas a quarterly goal for the next 3 months is more achievable and helps you to maintain focus and motivation.
I love this idea. This year was proof that my life and my goals change in a year’s time. Setting quarterly goals just makes sense.
October is nearly over, but I can still set goals to be achieved by the end of the year. Then I can set quarterly goals in January, April, July, and October of next year.
I’m really excited to give this simple mindset shift a try. I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish by 2017!
Do you prefer yearly or quarterly goals? What do you want to accomplish by 2017? Share in the comments section below!
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