Most of us come up with some type of resolution at the beginning of each year.
How many of us actually write anything down and hold ourselves accountable though?
How many of us can even remember these goals a full year later?
A lot happens in a year and it's easy to forget these things. If you can't remember, what's the point in setting goals to begin with though?
Whether it's career goals or personal goals, writing your goals down can be beneficial for a few different reasons.
It helps refine your goals.
Thoughts or ideas can be vague or general, but when you go to write them down you're a lot more likely to ask yourself some questions and really dig deeper into what the goal means.
Ideally, these goals will be measurable and achievable within the year. If it's a longer term goal, you can set milestones for the end of the year so that you can still measure your success.
It keeps you motivated.
Checking your notes a few times throughout the year is a great way to stay motivated and stay on track with your goals.
It's not only difficult to remember your goals at the end of a full year, it can be difficult to stay on track after as little as three months if you haven't written anything down that you can refer back to.
Reading your own notes in three to six months will remind you of exactly how you felt when you wrote them. You'll find continued motivation and will be more likely to reach your objectives this way.
It provides you with feedback.
At the end of next year, you'll be able to look back and see where you succeeded and where you failed. Maybe your goals and focuses shifted too, and you'll be able to recognize if some your goals are no longer relevant.
Changing direction mid-year isn't always a bad thing, but if you didn't write down your objectives at the start of the year, you'll have no way of recognizing this.
Examining last year's goals can also help you set goals for the new year. It's extremely beneficial to be able to look back and see exactly what you thought was important one year ago.
Build good goal-setting habits starting this year, and each new year will be productive and rewarding.