6 Top tips for personal Goal Setting and Planning

 It’s mid-year, and it’s time to revisit your personal and professional goals, revise, and renew them, ready for a successful finish to the year.

Professional planner Mariane Cresp says, “With the right tools and mindset, you can re-think your goals, refresh your focus and set yourself up for success in the second half of the year.”

Mariane shares the following tips:

Review – check-in and see where you’re at. Think about those goals you wrote down at the start of the year and see what you have ticked off the list and what you have already achieved. Maybe you’ve finally started that side hustle you’ve been dreaming of, or perhaps you’ve hit a fitness milestone.

Celebrate – take a moment to acknowledge even the tiniest achievements. Celebrating these milestones not only boosts your motivation but also strengthens the positive habits you’ve been building.  Mark them in colour in your planner. By creating visual victory logs, you see your progress and growth, which helps remind you of how far you’ve come.

Re-define – now that you’ve taken a good look at how things are going, it’s time to rethink your objectives. Some might just need a little fine-tuning, like your diet and exercise routine, while others could use a complete pivot.  Colour code them with highlighters, as this helps to visually see what needs to be amended.  I’m currently loving Pilot Frixion Light highlighters for their pretty colours and erasability, as goals can easily be changed without messing up the page.

Map Your Progress – to stay on track, check in with your goals regularly. Mark off completed tasks on your habit tracker to help motivate you. Charting your progress can give you a boost to help you stay on track.  As the year progresses, make sure to regularly assess your strategies and adjust them as needed. Jot down lessons learned and the insights you have gained, using each moment as a stepping stone towards achieving your objectives throughout the rest of the year.

Create Time – schedule regular planning sessions in your calendar and treat them as non-negotiable appointments with yourself.  Time block dedicated time for goal setting, reflection, and planning.

Stay open – they say, ‘Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans,’ so make sure you stay open to surprising opportunities along the way. Embrace what’s to come, and keep in mind that every little step forward counts toward reaching those big dreams of yours!

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Mariane Cresp loves planning, organising and stationery for self-care, productivity, and mental well-being.  She has 120,000 followers on Instagram, where she shares tips and tutorials with her followers.

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