Monthly Goals – Why didn’t I think of this before?

On the last day of December, I posted about setting goals for the New Year instead of making resolutions, which I did. I made a list of goals I would like to accomplish before the end of the year. Then after reading other articles and blogs about setting goals for the year, I thought, wait, I should break these down even more.

When I make a TO DO list, I almost always break everything down. For example, if I need to do laundry, instead of just putting laundry on my list I will break it out into steps.

  • Collect items to wash
  • Separate clothes from other items
  • Put clothes in washing machine
  • Put clothes in dryer
  • Put other items in washing machine
  • Fold clothes

…blah, blah, blah. You get the idea. (And, honestly, this is a bad example.)

So, instead of one thing on my list I have ten. It does make my list longer, but it has one great advantage. I get to cross things off my list more often and I love crossing things off my list! It really does give me great satisfaction.

Why shouldn’t the same concept be true for setting goals? They are supposed to be time sensitive, right? After thinking about this, I decided I must do monthly goals, all of which will help me attain my yearly goals. Setting smaller goals could also help meet seemingly unattainable goals to get you where you want to be. This monthly goal thing just keeps making more and more sense.

Goals for my Blog

One of my yearly goals is to grow this blog. It is a pretty vague goal and monthly goals help define it. I have three goals for January specific to my blog:

  • Post at least two posts a week
  • Share my posts with five Link Parties a week (I will soon have a page for my favorite Link Parties – other bloggers will understand)
  • Increase my Twitter following by 6% (if you aren’t already following me, why not?)

Goals for Healthy Living

Another goal for the year is to get back into the healthy lifestyle I used to live and run a 10k. Both seem kind of daunting but with these goals for January, perfectly doable:

  • Run a consistent, solid three miles
  • Lose 3% off my weight

I’ve said it in other posts, but I must say again, that weight is not the only indicator of health. It is an easy number to reference; however, keep in mind it is just one number. There are so many factors.

As for my other goals, you only need to know about one: set goals for February.

Could setting monthly goals to help you achieve yearly goals? What monthly goals do you have?

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