Mid-year Reset: Tips for the Next Six Months | The natural divide between the previous year and the next year makes it easy for us to plan our resolutions at the start of the year. However, that’s not the only chance you have to restart your life. Especially if you have short-term plans and they didn’t exactly end up the way you wanted, there are plenty of chances to course-correct throughout the year.
Now that we’re entering the second half of the year, perhaps it’s time to revisit the goals you’ve set for 2021 and reset where needed. Here are some tips to do so:
- Allot time to write down everything you wanted to achieve this year – Be objective and critical, but also realistic when doing this. There are some things that need more time, especially if you don’t currently have the resources to get them done.
- Review everything you’ve written and track your progress – Did you get started on your savings goals? Are you on track? Are you ahead? Do you need to completely rethink this goal? What about your personal achievements? Did you get to do your exercise routine? How many of the books you said you’d read did you actually read?
- Decide on the goals you will continue to pursue in 2021 – For those you’ve already started, carry them through the rest of the year. For those you haven’t started yet, this is the time to check your bandwidth to see if they can be started in the second half or if they need to be parked for next year.
- Keep yourself accountable – If you need help from someone, write down the details of the help you need. You don’t need to reach out to them right now, but set a deadline for when you will do so.
- Set a deadline for everything – You will be more strategic in reaching your goals if you have a clear deadline for them. It’s best to pace yourself, especially if your goals are financial, because unexpected expenses might come up and change your course.
- Review what you’ve planned so far – At the start of your planning, you may feel inspired and may want to do a lot of things at once. At this point, it’s important that you ask yourself if everything on your list is doable and if they are not, decide if they are worth pursuing right now. If they are not, be mature enough to accept that and plan for them in the longer term.
- Reward yourself for the initiative – Not everyone plans for their life, and fewer even take the initiative to look at their course in the middle of the year. You deserve a second scoop of ice cream, a refill of your moisturizer for combination skin, or perhaps a new bag or accessory. This way, you will feel motivated to reset your goals again, because you get to reward yourself after.
Carving out time to look at your priorities and make improvements in your life is a very mature thing to do. Give yourself a pat on the back for taking on this challenge.