The importance of a mid-year check-in

The year is a little more than halfway over! At the end of every month, I check in with my list of goals for the year and see where I'm at. Since I started using a Passion Planner in June, I use that end-of-month check-in as well, but I'm sticking to my goal-specific check-ins for the rest of this year at least.

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Usually I set a timer - like spending 10 minutes per goal - otherwise I'll get lost in the black hole of the internet if I have to look something up. The concept of time works for us and against us. Being late and wasting time are stressful. Sometimes we wish we had more time for good things or that time would move faster when things are boring or tough. But time can also guide us. Having a routine can be healthy and keep us grounded.

Setting time-based goals can keep us on track. Mid-year is an interesting time. Sometimes social media leads us to believe that it's all BBQs, picnics in the park, and trips to the beach. But it's also time for us to buckle down and assess everything we've done and everything we still have to do.

Here's my little 10-minute checklist:

1. What is the goal?
2. Have you done anything to achieve this goal?
3. If you have, that's great! If not, why?
4. If there is something keeping you from working on your goal, what can you do to change that?
5. What is a concrete step you can take in the next week to move closer to achieving your goal?

I go through the checklist for each of my goals and see which ones are suffering from neglect - then I do something about it.

Caitlin Harper