As the year comes to a close, it can be easy to feel like you’re not making progress on your goals. But no matter how busy your schedule gets, there are always ways to stay motivated and keep up with those resolutions—even if they’re just one week away from being broken. Here are some tips for finishing strong and staying focused:
1. Create a List of Goals for the Year
A lot of people think that the New Year is too late to start setting goals. The truth is, you should be setting goals throughout the year. It’s good practice and it helps you stay focused on what matters most to you.
Make a list of everything you want to achieve this year and put it somewhere where it can be easily referenced (like a notebook or planner). Use milestones like birthdays and anniversaries for inspiration for long-term goals, but also include some smaller things like exercise more often or learn how to cook something new as short-term ones. Don’t forget about any big projects at work! This will help give context when evaluating whether or not one goal has been met successfully over time—you don’t want to get so caught up in checking off boxes on your list that you lose sight of what really matters: creating an awesome life full of experiences worth remembering.
2. Set Aside Time Every Day to Work on Your Goals
The days are getting shorter and colder, which may make it harder to focus on your goals for the year. If you’re struggling to stay motivated, try setting aside time every day for the next few weeks to work on your goals. Don’t do anything else during this time! It’s not a good idea to work on your goal while watching TV, texting friends, or even eating dinner. You might find that when you take time each day specifically for working on something related to one of your goals (like doing some research), it makes you more excited about what needs done in order achieve that goal—and helps keep distractions at bay as well.
3. Be Flexible
Another way to set yourself up for success is to be flexible and open to change. If you find that you’re not achieving your goals, try something new. Even if it seems difficult at first, the more times you do it and the more comfortable you get with it, the easier it will become in no time! This applies to both daily routines as well as when making changes in life or career paths. One of my favorite quotes from my grandfather is: “The only true failure is when we stop trying because we are afraid we might fail or won” so remember this in any situation where there may be some resistance!
4. Create Milestones
Milestones are a great way to stay motivated and focused. By setting up small goals, you can celebrate your progress along the way. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight this year, pick out a few milestones for yourself:
- Start by losing 5 pounds
- Then 10 pounds
- Finally 15 pounds
Once you hit each milestone, treat yourself! Buy that new outfit or go see a movie with your friends—whatever makes sense for your goal. Setting up these types of rewards will help keep you motivated as long as it fits into your budget and lifestyle.
5. Don’t Have Too Many Goals, Prioritize!
If you have a lot of goals, prioritizing them can be difficult. In order to make sure you’re able to finish the year strong, it’s important to focus on one or two of your top priorities at a time instead of trying to do everything at once. This will help ensure that you make meaningful progress towards achieving each goal and won’t get burned out trying to do too much all at once.
The most important part about prioritizing is choosing what goals are going to have the biggest impact on your life and career. For example, if one of your goals is eating healthier but you know it won’t make much of an impact on either your health or career over the next few months, then maybe you should put that aside for now and focus on some other things like getting more sleep in order for yourself so that when it comes time again later this year (or next), then being able to accomplish those things more easily! This might seem obvious but sometimes we forget how important it is until something happens externally like losing our job because they didn’t think we were doing well enough.”
6. Celebrate and Reward Yourself
When you’ve accomplished a goal, celebrate! You’ve worked hard to get where you are, and it’s important to reward yourself for that. Even if your big goals aren’t complete yet, celebrate small accomplishments along the way. Think about what rewards would make you feel proud of yourself—maybe it’s spending time with friends or family, taking time off from work, or getting a massage. No matter what it is, give yourself a little pat on the back (or whatever else makes sense) for all your hard work this year.
If you’re struggling with motivation for any reason at all during this process, try reminding yourself why it’s important for your future self to stay motivated by focusing on long-term goals and looking back at previous successes instead of focusing on short-term struggles.
To finish the year strong, create goals, set aside time every day to work on them, and create milestones to celebrate your progress
To finish the year strong, create goals, set aside time every day to work on them, and create milestones to celebrate your progress.
The first step is to create a list of goals for the year. For example: “I want to lose 10 pounds this year.” Or “I want to save more money so I can start investing in real estate and stocks.” Or “I want to get my credit score above 700 by December 31st.” Create as many goals as you can! After that, set aside time every day (or at least several times a week) to work toward those goals. Then celebrate your progress by creating small milestones along the way like buying new clothes when you drop down a size or saving some extra money each month until you hit your savings goal for the year.
And that’s it! You now know the six best tips for finishing the year strong, and hopefully this will help you achieve your goals. I wish you all the best of luck as we end 2022 with a bang and start off 2023 with a new beginning!