Here at Asian Efficiency, we always tell our readers and our customers to always do an annual review. The annual review will help you measure, quantify, and visualize your personal growth as well as goals that you have set for yourself at the beginning of the year. These goals can be personal (family included), business goals, and also career goals.
But here’s a kicker–you don’t have to wait until the end of the year to actually do a review. A mid-year check of your goals is just as important as an annual review–especially when you feel that you have not made any big progress. It’s natural to feel demotivated or even panic at the thought of “Six months have gone by and I am still nowhere near the goals I have set six months ago!!!”
Some would actually just give up on their goals and look forward to January of NEXT year to start again. You don’t have to do that. The thing is, it’s fine if you are still far from your goals. You still have six months to work on it. You don’t have to sacrifice the important things just because you feel that you have wasted 6 months and you need to triple your effort!
Going through your mid-year goal check is the perfect time for you to make changes or even cut off some stuff in your list. It will also help you visualize where you currently are. Let’s say your goal for the year was to do 50 book reviews and during your mid-year check-in, you realize you only did 15 the past six months–knowing this will help you make changes by either adjusting your goal or adjusting the number of reviews you do per week and then add to your calendar.
OR! If you have not thought about your goals for the year, it’s fine if you start NOW!
Here are things to look out for during your mid-year check-in:
1. Are there any changes to your goals?
A lot can happen in a year just like a lot can happen in six months. What could be true six months ago, could be far from the reality you face today. For example, changes to your career or family life or even shift in business priorities–which are all fine and should be embraced wholeheartedly. You don’t have to continue working on a goal if it no longer will bring value to your life.
The same can also be said for ‘overly optimistic goals’ that we make when we’re very excited and pumped! Like–work out every day, write 2000 words daily etc. If you can do it, that’s awesome! But if during the course of the year you realize that you’re not hitting it consistently, perhaps the goals you set were not realistic. So you adjust your goals. For example, instead of saying you will work out every day, you change it to work out at least three times a week. Then from 2000 words a day, perhaps change it to 5000 words a week.
2. Remove unnecessary goals
When you start the year with a clean slate, you might get tempted to list down 10 (or more) goals for the year. It could look something like this:
- Lose 50 lbs
- Go to the gym every day
- Launch website version 2.0
- Hire a blogger/writer for website
- Attend 5 different seminars on sales and marketing
- Read 24 books (non-fiction)
- Travel to 2 countries I have never been to before
- Attend weekly taekwondo classes with Ben
- Start MBA journey
- Increase sales to $300,000 by the end of the year
It would be awesome if you can check out everything by the end of the year but if you’re not careful, you might end up not finishing or reaching any of the goals you have set. The mid-year check-in is the perfect time to remove unnecessary goals and decide which ones are the most important ones. You then can give focus on these important goals.
From the 10 goals, you can narrow it down to:
- Hire blogger/writer
- Launch website 2.0
- Increase sales to $300,00 by end of year
3. Where are you with the goals you’ve set?
Look back at the goals you’ve set for yourself at the beginning of the year. It’s best to write down on paper or on a whiteboard so that it’s easier to visualize. Beside each goal, put in where you currently are.
For example, your goal was to increase your mailing list from 10,000 to 50,000 and during your mid-year check-in, you see that you are at 15,000. You are still lacking 35,000 emails to reach your goals. Knowing that and visually seeing that on paper or on your board, plan out what you need to do to close that gap and reach your goal.
Let’s say your goal was to launch your own website, where are you currently with that? You realize that you’ve only just purchased the domain. Still, a long way to go but you can now make some plans on how to get from having a domain to having a working website.
You can also use the mid-year check-in to remind yourself WHY you decided on those goals. What would you earn (not necessarily in monetary form) once you reach your goal? Use this opportunity to get yourself back in the game by just remembering WHY you need to achieve those goals.
4. Set more frequent goals
Twelve months can be a long time especially if you want to see results as soon as possible. You can set more frequent goals that can add up to your long term goals. Instead of saying that you want to earn $300,000 in revenue by the end of the year, you can change it to say $80,000 in revenue per quarter.
By setting more frequent goals, you are also forced to make more frequent check-ins and not just every six months. When you do this, you don’t get overwhelmed by the length of time and at the same time, every time you reach a goal, you will be motivated to continue.
(In the Dojo, our exclusive productivity community, we have a video course on the 12-Week Year that can help you set more frequent and meaningful goals.)
5. Evaluate the roadblocks you faced
Knowing these roadblocks and how you overcame these will help you in the next six months. Hopefully, you will not make the same mistakes and if you encounter the same roadblock, you already know how to resolve it immediately.
- Re-write all the goals you have set for yourself at the beginning of the year.
- Look over your goals and evaluate what needs to change or what needs to be removed.
- Look at each goal on your list and evaluate where you currently are (be specific, especially with numbers).
- For each goal, plan out what you need to do for the next six months in order for you to move forward and gain some traction towards reaching your goals.
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