It’s not too late to go over the past 6 months and review what worked and what didn’t. It’s not too late to revisit your goals and have a reset.
I believe that we can reset, review, revamp and refresh as regularly as we need to. Yearly, seasonally, monthly, weekly, daily! It’s up to you. It’s just about taking control of your life, being aware, and being intentional.
So, here’s how to do that at the halfway point of 2019…
How to review your first 6 months:
There is no mid-year review without accountability. This isn’t about blame or beating yourself up for what you may have fallen short on. This is about taking responsibility and saying (kindly but honestly) that this didn’t work, this did, I could do better with XYZ.
So now, take a moment to write in your notebook a reflection of what your first 6 months were like and how you felt. Be honest, be fair, be reasonable. Write what didn’t quite work.
Where did you spend most of your time? How did this place make you feel? Who were you around? How did they make you feel?
Knowing who and what drains your energy versus what improves it is key to note in your 6-month review. Get clear on your environment and note what adjustments to make so that you can feel happier and healthier in your environment going forwards.
Check out my podcast on your environment and mental health here.
This is all about becoming a person who gets things done. Someone who doesn’t just speak about new years resolutions without taking action. You want to be that badass b*tch who actually sets goals and smashes them!
Goals are achieved through habits. Having a routine, a natural ability to do what you want to do.
So, look at your habits over the past 6 months. What do you do with ease? Could you tie new habits to old ones for habit batching? e.g. When you wake up and reach for your phone, you put your book over your phone so you read first thing instead (or as well!).
Make your new habits easy, by shifting your environment. Like the book on the nightstand thing. Like having your exercise bike up and ready to use. Having the cupboards full of healthy snacks, not fatty ones. Having your clothes laid out ready for you; exercise clothes ready for a work out. And so on…
In order to review and set new goals for the year, you need to be specific with yourself. When were you specifically doing well? When weren’t you? How long did you keep up a habit or goal before you quit?
Muchelle B (a YouTuber I recommend you follow), said it’s a great idea to check on your social media to do your review and see what you’ve done and when it looked like you were happiest/thriving.
Now get specific about new ones. I will do XYZ for X weeks to try it out for my life. I will have X finished before Y time. It will take me X months to complete my Y project.
Adaptability and failure
When doing your 6-month (or yearly or monthly) review and reset, you need to be realistic. Failure happens! You don’t just set out to acquire a new habit or goal and just complete it with no setbacks. That’s just not how it works.
But what you can do is be adaptable. When things don’t work, ask yourself why. Was it a fault of your own? Did you go at it wrong? Did you give up too soon? Was it the wrong goal or habit for you on an authentic, personal level?
Get clear in this and see failure for what it really is: inevitable, fixable, redirection.
Be adaptable and make changes where needed. Analyse the data and make adjustments accordingly.
Goal ideas for the next 6 months:
Health and Self
- Lose X pounds
- Be able to run/jog X minutes
- Be able to lift X weights
- Complete an active event/race
- Fit into size X trousers
- Be less anxious in X situations
- Keep a journal regularly
- Have a personal self-care toolkit
- Have a relaxing, meditative practice/routine
Emotional and Spiritual:
- Journal through my emotional triggers/ emotional wounds ( Life Gunk Journaling workbook )
- Develop spiritual practices for self-knowledge and healing
- Feel closer to myself and a higher force
- See my friends every week
- Go to a new event
- Meet new people who are more like me
- Spend less time in the house
Career and Self-Development
- Read 12 more books (2 a month)
- Ask my boss for more responsibility or a pay rise
- Ask if I can work from home 1-2 days a week
- Start a blog
- Get a new hobby (yoga, singing, scrapbooking, photography, painting)
- Learn a new skill (languages, instruments, crafting, cooking)
- Get a business plan together and take the first step
- Learn to cook 5 new recipes
- Have a complete house clean and clear out (donate unwanted things!)
- Track my finances
- Develop a new income stream
- Meal prep for the week
- Get a budget together (weekly, monthly)
- Get a day planner and actually use it
- Organise: wardrobe, notebooks, apps on phone, files on the computer, photos, etc.
Remember, you are able to reset, refresh, and review at any given moment. It’s down to you! Get a notebook and get reviewing and planning. But don’t get stuck there. After that, get to doing! Act on your new information and make the rest of the year count.
Best of luck! Let me know what your goals are for 2019 in the comments or on social media!
You may want to read my post on goal setting from earlier this year here.