MAKE THIS YEAR COUNT
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If you’re like many of us, you don’t have time for leisurely reading. So, I’ll get right to it.
In this post, you’ll find a quick guide to accomplishing goals in the 2nd half of the year:
- Can you believe the year is half-way over? And, if you think about it, there’s really only 10-12 productive weeks left
- Steps to MAKE SURE YOU ACHIEVE your goals in the second half of the year
- #1. Review, Reflect & Celebrate the First Half
- #2. Prioritize Your Big 3
- #3. Make It Intentional
- #4. Tips and Hacks to Keep Your Momentum
- #5. Are You Strong?
- Free 2nd Half Achievement Plan Download
WOW, Where Has the Year Gone?
Can you believe we’re already half-way through the year?
In fact, depending on when you’re reading this, the rest of the year breaks down to a few short phases:
- 4 to 8 more weeks of summer (depending on where you live)
- 2 to 4 weeks transitioning back to the school routine
- 8-10 weeks of productive time before Thanksgiving
- Holiday craziness
There’s a 10 week (or so) window between settling into a new routine and Thanksgiving.
When we look at this, the year is flying by and if you’re like most of us, there’s so much you still want to accomplish both personally and professionally.
This is a great time of year to revisit your goals and make sure you accomplish what’s most important before we hit the holidays and a new year.
How Can You Make Sure You Achieve Your Goals In the Second Half of the Year?
Carve out an hour to walk through these 5 steps. Trust me, I know your time is valuable and this will be worth it.
1. Review, Reflect & Celebrate the First Half
It’s so common to keep moving forward, surviving with the day-to-day, and not take a minute to reflect.
It’s common to think: ‘”there’s no time to celebrate successes or assess set-backs when I have so much to do.”
I know I fall myself falling into this trap. And, I hear clients talking about this all the time. They are drowning in their day-to-day and don’t see how it’s possible to set aside even 30 minutes to take a breath, pat themselves on the back for all they’ve done so far, and honestly look at what they haven’t yet accomplished and why they aren’t accomplishing goals.
Avoiding this “accomplishing goals” review exercise is usually NOT about the time. It’s about some combo of
- Questioning whether you earned the celebration. It’s common that deep down, even though you accomplished the goal, you don’t believe that what you did was good enough, or perfect enough.
- Feeling like the review process will bring up some pain. You could be hesitating and resisting because deep down, you’re worried you’ll feel like a failure for the things you intended to accomplish but didn’t.
Instead, treat this mid-year review as an opportunity. Celebrate the wins, no matter how small. Give yourself recognition!
And then, focus on what you haven’t yet accomplished and evaluate them:
- What have you accomplished so far this year? How have you celebrated?
- What did you want to accomplish but haven’t yet? Why?
- Which goals do you want to recommit to?
- Which goals do you want to remove?
- Which goals do you want to add or revise?
If you’ve accomplished something, anything, celebrate that. If you’ve accomplished your goals already, make them bigger. Figure out how to add onto it so that you accomplish even more than you expected this year.
Or, if you’re not on track to accomplishing goals yet, there’s still time to finish what’s really important. This is as an opportunity to RESET and make it happen. I know you can do it, if you get out of your own way.
2. Prioritize the Big 3
Earlier in this article, we talked earlier about how the second half of the year is going to fly by, and I showed you how there is as little as 10 productive weeks left.
The time is precious and you can use this to your advantage.
Figure out what you TRULY MUST DO. This is not the time for nice-to-haves, extras, or I should dos.
This is the time of year to buckle down, identify those TOP 3 projects that will make the biggest difference to accomplishing goals (the really meaningful goals) and do everything you can to make them happen.
Identify THE three projects or new habits you want to accomplish before the end of the year.
Ask yourself, “what will make biggest impact to me personally and professionally?” The three might not be obvious, so think from a fresh perspective.
Define no more than 3 core personal projects and 3 personal projects/habits, including the following for each:
- What will you accomplish?
- When will it be completed?
- How will you know it’s done?
- WHY are you doing this?
3. Make It Intentional
Now that you know what your Big 3 are, the key to accomplishing goals is to incorporate and ingrain them into your day-to-day.
Use these habits for integrating and accomplishing goals. These are the simple steps you can take to make sure you achieve your Big 3.
- Plan your day the night before. This is one of the most effective techniques to make sure you get what matters most done each day. Schedule it all out from the time you wake to the time you go to sleep, including when you’ll work on your to-do items.
- Schedule specific time to work on your Big 3. You could work on all 3 in one day, or focus on 1 each day or 1 each week and rotate. Find the best way that will work for you and put that time in your calendar each day, even if it’s only 20 minutes.
- Do most important stuff first. Do you ever notice that your focus and willpower dips (and even dives) as the day progresses? Mine does for sure. I’ve always been a self-proclaimed (and proud night owl), pulling all-nighters to get my stuff done. A master procrastinator! I’ve noticed that I do my most important work faster and better first thing in the day. This concept is called Eat the Frog and it is a game-changer!
- Stop prioritizing easy. Doesn’t it feel great to cross 20 things off the list in a day? I know I love checking off as much as possible. Usually those types of things are easy but not important. It makes us feel better and less overwhelmed to have a small list, and so we keep working on the little stuff that’s more easily crossed off instead of the important stuff that takes longer (but makes a bigger difference). Ask yourself – are you prioritizing easy?
4. Try These Two Tricks to Keep Your Goals Visible
How often do you write out your goals, make an amazing plan, and then never look at them again?
I LOVE this trick for accomplishing goals that a friend shared with me:
1. Write your goals on notecards, including the specific goal, when you will achieve it, and the steps to get there.
Then, read the notecards each morning as part of your morning routine. This tip is so simple, yet so powerful.
2. Establish social support.
Find an accountability buddy (or a coach like me) who you check with every day or every week, to review your goals and talk over where you’re succeeding and where you’re stuck. Accountability and a fresh perspective are EVERYTHING!
5. Get Strong
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself at a lower point health-wise in the summer. It’s definitely easier to exercise and be active in the summer, but there are also a lot of parties, food and alcohol that seem to take over!
In the past, I’ve thought to myself, sweater weather is almost here and I’ll do better next spring.
Not this year.
I’ve re-prioritized and joined the 5am club. Working out every day at 5am and planning out my meals to focus on health and energy over variety and comfort.
What about you?
Are you ready to enter the holidays feeling strong and bikini-ready for winter vacations, or depleted?
You will need energy to finish the year strong. Do you have the energy you need? If so, keep up the focus! If not, put a plan, schedule and habits in place to incorporate whatever makes you feel healthy and strong.
In Conclusion. You Can Do This!
This second half of the year approach to accomplishing goals is do-able. It involves prioritizing, streamlining, and focusing on the highest value activities.
I know you can do it, and make this year one of the best ever!
Here’s a free worksheet DOWNLOAD to use for accomplishing those goals in the 2nd Half.
5 Keys to Accomplishing Goals in the 2nd Half
Download the 2nd Half of the Year ACTION PLAN
Did You Know?
I help working moms to create and execute the plans and routines that are required for them to reach their business and personal goals.
If you want to create your own mini action plan, here’s the link to book 30 minutes on my calendar.
We’ll work together to build a plan for you and identify your next steps. Then, we’ll talk for a few minutes at the end about what I do and if we might be good working together. I’m not a salesperson so don’t expect a sales call. I only accept clients who are a good fit.
This is time focused on you and your goals, and how to get to the next level.