Mid-Year Check-In + Goal Setting in 3 Minutes and/or 3 Hours
It seems to happen every year. The first six months pass you like blink of an eye and you’re left asking where the hell did the time go?! Maybe you’ve been crushing every goal you’e set for yourself. Maybe you’ve barely looked at your goals and are just going through the motions. Either way, or anywhere in between, there’s always an opportunity to reset and reevaluate.
So let’s do that.
What can you celebrate from 2019 so far?
What have been a HELL YES so far in your year?
Here’s a three minute exercise that you can do before the month is up. I’ve also got a more involved reflection & reset; keep scrolling to take your mid-year planning to the next level.
3-Minute Reflection & Reset:
Consider the year so far and list one accomplishment (big or small; something you’re proud of) each month. (Planner of Glory owners can refer back to their monthly reflections to help spark your memory.) Then, consider the months ahead and write down at least one thing you would want to accomplish each month for the remainder of the year. Here’s mine:
January: Rode my bike more consistently this month than the entire year prior! 16.5 hours total (4 hours/week which was my goal)!
February: Recognized my rising stress levels in my work life and did things to proactively address it: more appointments with my therapist; set boundaries at my day job around which work is mine and which work isn’t — and avoided inserting myself in the times where it wasn’t.
March: Got a clear CT. Planted the beginnings of my garden.
April: Completed a 6-month long video project for work that helped raise an additional $100K+ for the event at which it premiered.
May: Paused freelance work entirely for the month and made time to relax and focus on self-care. End result: complete rejuvenation (Big surprise). Oh yeah, and we finished our master bathroom remodel! (Three months in the making from planning → completion)
June: Implement & refine my “Mana Morning” practice and carry it through the rest of the year. (I’ll be sharing more about this later in the year…)
July: I will come away from the Real Talk Retreat with a clear plan of action for my freelance work.
August: I will create 2020’s Planner of Glory & develop a strategy/schedule for content & enhancements
September: I will complete Holiday Card development & create a plan for promotion
October: Office revamp & painting (probably will happen sooner than this, but if it’s done by October, I’ll be pleased)
November: Vacation month! Find an awesome place to travel with K & his parents.
December: Schedule & host the 2nd Annual SWOP holiday card making gathering
3-Hour Reflection & Reset: Do the Above + Dig Deeper
It’s time to get REALLY specific about your goals for the remainder of the year. There’s no rule to say you can’t pre-write things in the POG that you’d like to accomplish! That’s the beauty of the planner. You can look as far ahead as you want to. (And you can ALWAYS change your mind later.)
Here are some tools to help:
Note: You can download and use these items as needed, or save to your own Google Drive to edit digitally.
A fresh Level 10 Life Tracker for the remainder of 2019
Here’s a blank grid for you to fill out. Forget about the last 6 months and look forward to where you are right now. Then, in 3 months, we’ll see if we can push the needle further to get to 10s across the board (or at least in as many places as possible).
Mid Year Reflection Questions
These questions are from Alexandra Franzen, slightly generalized to suit our group’s make-up. These are primers for the work you’ll do in the next section.
What were my goals at the beginning of this year?
Are my goals the same—or have things changed?
Is there something I’ve been doing lately that’s not feeling “right” anymore? Do I need to keep doing it? What would happen if I just stopped?
What’s something I’m sick of hearing myself say, over and over? Like, “I really need to start…” “I really need to stop…” “Seriously, for real, this week I will…”
What’s something I definitely want to create, achieve, or experience before the end of this year?
Who are some people I feel jealous of right now—and why? What do they have—or appear to have—that I want?
Who’s someone who’s been an important part of my life this year—like an amazing friend, mentor, or colleague? Have I said “thank you” to that person recently?
What’s something I see out in the world that breaks my heart? What could I do, say, create, or contribute to be “part of the solution”?
Fill in the blank: “So far this year, one of the best decisions I made was _______.”
And lastly: Fill in the blank: “So far this year, I feel proud of myself because _______.”
Goal setting for each area of life
Now, based on what you’ve done for the above, choose one thing you’d like to accomplish in each facet of your life for each month (can be small or big, but above all, REALISTIC.) If you’re working toward a larger goal, how can you break it up into attainable pieces over the remainder of the year? If you have smaller tasks, how would you spread them out? This spreadsheet is editable or printable, depending on how you best like to work.