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Why 1 Year Goals Don't Work

Every year, at the stroke of midnight on December 31, we all make a resolution that we think we’re going to achieve in the new year. We’re gung-ho about these resolutions for the first few weeks and then we slack off. It doesn’t matter what your resolution is, most of us rarely follow through. I don’t even make resolutions anymore because it’s a complete waste of time and mental energy for me. I’ve found out that setting yearly goals don’t work anyway and here’s why.

They’re Too Long

Setting goals a year in advance pushes them out too long to be attainable. It’s important to set goals in smaller increments so that you can work on them and actually achieve them. Yearly goals are also more complex than weekly or monthly goals because we want to accomplish so much in those 365 days.

My advice is to break your resolution into monthly goals. From there, you can break your monthly goals into weekly goals. My main goal for 2017 is to hit my goal weight, which means I need to lose about 65 pounds. That’s one hell of a goal to achieve in a year. I can let it overwhelm me or I can break it down into monthly goals and knock it out. It’s much more manageable to focus on a monthly goal than to focus on a yearly goal.

They’re Not Measurable

If you set a yearly goal, there isn’t an accurate way to measure them. Your goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely), which means you need a way monitor your progress. This is much easier to do when you have weekly or monthly goals instead of yearly goals. Setting smaller goals allows you to accurately measure your progress.

You’re Not Held Accountable

It’s so easy to ignore a yearly goal for so long because you think you have more time. When you have 30 days to achieve a goal, you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable to reach your goal.

Don’t sabotage your goals by setting them yearly. It’s good to have a yearly goal, but break it down into smaller monthly goals so that you’re working all year toward your ultimate goal. I use my Filofax to help me achieve my goals. How? Well, I plan daily, weekly, and monthly so I’m always thinking about how what I do will help me achieve my goal of reaching my goal weight.

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