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Why Goals Are Helpful: 5 Benefits Of Monthly Goals

I am a huge fan of goals. I have said before that every year I am all about goals over resolutions. Goals are attainable. I make yearly goals and then monthly goals. These are both to keep me accountable and reach certain points that I want to reach. I have had a lot of people ask me why I do monthly goals, so I wanted to share a bit about why goals are helpful to me. Also, why I feel like by setting monthly goals I make a lot more progress than I would otherwise.

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Why Goals Are Helpful: 5 Benefits Of Monthly Goals

  1. You can divide your yearly goals into 12 attainable parts: If you are making yearly goals at the beginning of each year I find it helpful to also have monthly goals. This is a great way to divide a bigger goal into smaller more attainable parts. For example, last year I had a goal to read a certain amount of books. So each month I set a smaller goal for a small amount of books. If you have a goal to clean out every closet and drawer in your house you can monthly choose one room or section to tackle.
  2. By posting them SOMEWHERE you are holding yourself accountable. I find by posting goals on my blog each month I hold myself accountable. I have to post my progress and pass or fail I need to be honest. This is huge. You are far more likely to accomplish things when you post them out there for the world to see.
  3. You always have something to work towards. I am one of those people who NEEDS something to work towards. In my early twenties I loved running races and completing half marathons and 10K’s. I felt like it always gave me something to work towards. Now, I love having a goal or several goals such as blogging goals, house goals, fitness goals, etc to work towards. It’s very motivating and really makes me feel good about myself.
  4. You can see your progress over time. Being able to look at each month of a year and see what you’ve accomplished is really refreshing. I love to see my progress over each year. I think one of the best things about monthly goals is that you can look back and see that, even if you don’t feel like you accomplished a lot, you see the work there.
  5. You feel a sense of accomplishment. This is motivating in of itself. By feeling accomplished you are far more likely to work even harder to achieve your long term and short term goals. I find when I accomplish all of my goals for a month I set even harder goals for the next month.

Are you a fan of monthly goals? Do you have any reasons why goals are helpful to you?

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  1. I tried to make monthly goals, but I couldn’t really keep myself accountable. Oops. I should really try it again!

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  2. Johanne wrote:

    I want to make monthly goals, but I feel like I don’t even have time to make them. I really need to though, otherwise I will never see any progress!

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  3. I make daily goals. But I do like your idea of a monthly goal. I need to try that. Thank you! God’s Medicine Box.

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  4. Dannielle wrote:

    I couldn’t agree more! I have goals and then break them down into goal posts! It’s my jam!
    xo~D
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  5. I need to get better at this. I always start and then get flustered and distracted lol… thanks for the reminder!

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  6. Chloe wrote:

    This post is JUST the read I needed! Recently, I’ve been so unorganized but this has motivated me to push through and organize myself a bit more, as well as start tracking my goals. I love it, can’t wait to read more about your goals, and hopefully achieve my own goals X

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  7. Kait wrote:

    I’m a huge believer in goals! I’ve started writing down weekly goals to keep myself on track and it’s a game changer for sure!

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  8. I’ve never been one to really write down my goals. I’m pretty self-motivated so if I set my mind to something I do it…but on my own terms. Now, as a mom, I have begun to write things down because otherwise I’ll forget! HAHA.

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  9. Mary wrote:

    Monthly goals are a great idea. Posting them visually will be helpful for reminders.

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  10. Amanda wrote:

    I’m terrible at making goals! Even my to do list gets buried in the chaos of life! I need to get a better idea of what my goals are and then plan them monthly. Thank you for the advice!

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  11. I like the idea of montly goals. I am an ENFP and not detail oriented. I also feel tied down with a schedule. But I do have goals. Making one a month does not feel like a deadline, but rather something to reach for.

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  12. Laura wrote:

    I am definitely a goals over resolutions girl!! I never set monthly goals though… I really should! My goals are more rolling but putting a specific end date on them does help.

    Alright June! Get ready to get goaled!

    Xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

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  13. Lauren wrote:

    I was never huge into monthly goals (or weekly for that matter) until a month ago when I thought what the heck let’s try it. Honestly it’s helped me be WAY more productive! Pinning this. Such a great post. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  14. Alicia wrote:

    These are great ideas. I will keep this post in my favorites.

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  15. Jessica wrote:

    I love goals! probably too much. but i feel like i set myself up for success when i set out with intention.

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  16. Divya wrote:

    Yes! Though, I found that when I put them on my blog, it wasn’t as helpful for me as it was when I had a smaller group of people to check in with!

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  17. Robin wrote:

    I love this idea of setting monthly AND yearly goals – this also has the benefit of forcing you to pick quantifiable goals. It can’t be divided by 12 if it’s not realistic and measurable!

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  18. Yes! I LOVE the ability to “see” my goals – and my progress! – constantly! It totally helps!

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  19. Andrea wrote:

    I started making daily, weekly and monthly goals at the start of this year and it really keeps me focused and I’ve already seen more growth and productivity.

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  20. Robert wrote:

    I ret setting goals, but I have a hard time completing them. Maybe, my goals are way to large for me to handle. Either way, you have great advice.

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  21. Alexa wrote:

    Accountability is CRAZY important for our goals… Our willpower is finite and that’s where accountability steps in. I haven’t shared my goals on my blog, but that’s something I’ll definitely consider doing. Thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  22. YES! This is exactly why I do monthly goals. My hugest reason is accountability!

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  23. Tami wrote:

    I need to revisit my goals for 2017. I wrote them and out forgot about them for the most part.

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  24. You definitely feel a sense of accomplishment when you set goals and you achieve them. It motivates you to set even bigger goals.

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  25. I like setting up short term goals. Makes me feel accomplished when I check finally check things off my list.

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  26. Jenny wrote:

    I love setting monthly goals too! I feel like I’m more likely to complete them.

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  27. I go back and forth between goals actually. While I love them to stay on track, staying on track has become intuitive for me. When I set formal goals I have a tendency to become tunnel vision with them and go out of balance.

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  28. Southern & Style wrote:

    I starting posting my goals on my blog just a few months ago and I have found that it really motivates me to get it done, because I know when I recap those on the blog I’m going to have to own whether or not I completed them!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

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  29. lisa wrote:

    I have daily and monthly goals that keep me motivated. It really has made a difference in my productivity!

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  30. Kelsey wrote:

    I love the idea of goals, but I’m not so great at sticking to them! but when I do it in smaller steps, it helps me stay on track and feel super productive

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  31. Goals are important but we have to be careful that we are not overextending ourselves. Goals must be doable or we end up feeling frustrated

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  32. Yes!!! This year has been the first time I’ve made yearly and monthly goals and I love it! It feels AMAZING to reach them! Posting them in blog posts has kept me accountable, too.

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  33. Alexis wrote:

    Goals are super important. I love sharing them with my readers because it holds me accountable and pushes me to get as many of them done.

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