Why I Am Not Making List of Goals This year

As we start a new month, I thought I would look back and reflect. I have always been consistent with making list of goals that I wanted to achieve in the last couple of years. However, this year, I am not making the same list.

I am conscious and aware of the things I want to achieve, and even though I know that it makes perfect sense to jot them down, I have decided that I will do without the list. Instead, I will focus on writing down the things that I have achieved each month. Each of them will be noted down, under a few categories that I chose to create my achievements 2020 document.

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In my opinion, a list of goals focuses more on the things that need to be done in a specific time. And may lead to feeling overwhelmed. It can cause anxiety if the list is long, and can, therefore, affect my productivity. At the end of each month, I will reflect on the things that I have accomplished, and the changes that need to be made. I feel that I have room to celebrate my small accomplishments much more, which brings this powerful emotion that boosts my motivation and spirits, rather than stressing on the things that I did not do or achieve. I am adding this habit into my routine, as it will give a clear overview of my accomplishment and personal attributes that may drive me to achieve even better things.

What are your thoughts about a list of goals and achieved list? I would love to hear your opinion in the comment section below. 

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  1. Tmack
    February 11, 2020 / 4:51 pm

    Wow such relatable notes. My list always starts a week before the end of every month. I always love starting with achievements or accomplishment of that specific month no matter how small it may seem or sound. This includes how many times I brought packed lunch at work instead of buying at the canteen. After that, I can write my new goals after reflecting on what went well, less well and where I can possibly improve.

    • February 11, 2020 / 8:39 pm

      I like your approach too. Feels so good to reflect back. I’m adduced to buying coffee in cafe’s, so I’m hoping that will be minimized by looking back and see how much coffee I drank each month. I plan to reward myself if I drink less coffee from cafe’s 😅

  2. February 11, 2020 / 8:29 pm

    This is such a great idea, Michelle, and places focus on the positives. I need to try this!

  3. February 12, 2020 / 10:41 am

    Nice post Michelle. I like your way and such an good idea writing down things you have achieved each month.
    For me, I need to make a list of my goals but I never punish myself if I don’t complete one or two of them. Instead I ask why and then I learn from it and do better next time.

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