More than one third of the 2017 is already gone. This happened way too quickly! Do you still remember sitting down and setting your goals/resolutions for 2017, feeling determined that this year will be the best one yet? At the end of 2016 everyone was talking about it - new habits, new resolutions, new you. So… what's the reality now and how is it going? Do you keep your goals written down somewhere you can look at them often or have you already forgotten what you put on your list?
If you are actively working on your goals and have already managed to tick some of them off - we're cheering you on. Keep up the amazing work! If, however, you're not exactly where you want to be, this blog post is written for you and the good news is that you have enough time to turn it all around and make things happen.
A couple of weeks ago I was looking over the goals I set for myself and came to a few realisations. The goals I set are unrealistically big, considering my daily schedule. Some of them were not thought through, as they weren't really important to me. I need to leave space for new goals that can be added as the year goes, because situations and priorities change and it's important to keep an open mind and adjust accordingly.
And that's fine. You grow through reflection and it allows you to understand yourself better. To appreciate your strengths, learn from setbacks, acknowledge victories and understand your “why”. I'm just happy that this realisation came while I still have 7 months of 2017 left to make the change and make the most of my time.
In case you are feeling the same as I did, my suggestion is to reflect on where you are currently in your life. Goal reflection is such a powerful exercise that can help you be more mindful and intentional about moving forward. Look back at the last few months as a map that helps you see what you've accomplished, what still needs to be worked on, come to a conclusion on why things might not be working out as you planned. But most importantly, ask yourself if the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year are still just as important to you?
Here are some questions I asked myself when reflecting on my progress. Make a cup of tea/coffee, free an hour of your time (or whatever time you can spare for this), get cozy and write down answers to these questions to better understand where you are right now and what you need to focus on going forward.
What did I achieve in the last 5 months that I can be proud of?
What goals am I currently working on and what's the progress?
What goals did I attempt, but didn't succeed at completing? Are these goals still important to me? If so, what can I do to make time for activities that will get me closer to achieving them?
What habits did I focus on and what's the progress?
What habits am I finding hard to implement? Is it still important for me to introduce these habits in my life? If so, how can I help myself and make it easier for myself to stick to these habits?
Why is it important for me to achieve the goals I have set for myself and what positive change will it bring to my life?
I really hope you find this short yet so valuable goal & habit reflection just as helpful as I did.
Here at the Dear Diary team one of our biggest goals for 2017 is to create an even better version of the Dear Diary for the next year. This is why we would very much appreciate if you shared your thoughts on what your ideal yearly planner would look like. To say thank you, we'll be giving away 2 of our Inspired notebooks - one for you and one for a friend. Simply complete these 2 steps in order to enter the giveaway:
1) Complete the short survey here (make sure to leave your Insta handle at the last question, so that we can get in touch with you);
2) Tag your friend in our Insta pic regarding the giveaway here.
Good luck! :)
*Giveaway open worldwide. The winner will be announced on Sunday, 4th of June on our Insta.
Thank you so much for reading!
Zane & the Dear Diary team