We’re already halfway through June & now is a great time to do a mid-year check-in on your goals or intentions for the year.
How to Do a Mid-Year Review on Your Goals
For the past 7 years, I’ve followed the tradition of choosing One Little Word® by Ali Edwards. My previous words have been: Momentum, Possibility, Shine, Brave, Commit, Thrive & Open.
My OLW for 2018 is Vitality. I want to feel alive, awake & full of energy. And to create deliberate action.
Each of these OLWs are broad in scope but I write out specific action steps for every word. For my 2018 word vitality, I’m focusing on creating more energy in my life by stretching in the morning when I get out of bed, getting at least 7 hours of sleep most nights, reading for pleasure daily (I’ve read at least 10 pages every single day this year!) & create for personal pleasure (I’ve scrapbooked 74 days straight as part of the #100dayproject!).
Doing a mid-year check in helps me celebrate the forward progress I’ve made (hello, did you see that I’ve read every single day & scrapbooked 74 days straight?! Woot! Woot!) AND reevaluate & reassess on the areas that need more attention. Ahem, I’m coming for you exercise & consistently eating healthier.
I like to make a ritual out of my mid-year check in by pulling out my journal & favorite pen, grabbing some coffee & reflecting.
Here’s some of my favorite journaling prompts & goal-setting tips:
- In the beginning of the year I answer these 5 questions from Alexandra Franzen. You could also answer these anytime of the year. And if you’re beating yourself up for “failing” then please read this post from Alex because it’s never too late to start & “transformation begins with a personal choice.”
- Here’s the mid-year check in I use (also from Alex).
- Here’s 5 questions for a Year in Review from Danielle LaPorte that works for mid-year too (plus a weekly & monthly check in forms you can download if you like tracking your goals)
- Here’s a mid-year check in specifically for business owners/entrepreneurs from Lisa Jacobs of Marketing Creativity.
- If you’re looking to get started or to set new goals check out Chris Guillebeau’s post on conducting an annual review – he also includes an excel template to download.
- Here’s an in-depth post from Jack Canfield on goal setting tips & SMART goals.
- If you like worksheets, grab this goal setting action worksheet from Inkwell Press.
So on a very basic level, if you want to do a mid-year check in, take a look at what worked & why in the past 6 months. Next, look ahead to the rest of the year & identify areas you’d like to focus on & why. Then make a specific action plan. No broad, vague, goals like I’m going to lose weight. Instead, state your reason for losing weight like I want more energy to play with my children or I want more energy so I can work on my business. Then be specific with how you’ll make progress: I’ll walk every day for 20 minutes & do strength training 3 days. Lastly & completely optional, pick a word/theme for the rest of the year. It’s a great & easy way to keep aligned with your goals. I have my OLW everywhere as a visual reminder.
Let us know in the comments below if you do a mid-year check in & what your OLW or theme or intentions are for the rest of 2018. ALSO, any victories you want to celebrate so we can give you a virtual high-five!
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