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Greetings and Salutations,

I can’t believe we are halfway through the year already. Wow did those six months fly by or what. And how are those goals coming along?

For the first time in a very long time if ever, I reviewed my goals at six months like I do at the end of the year. This was done to prepare for the second half of the year and to determine what’s really working, what needs more focus, and any course corrections needed.

Going through every goal for the year, I first wrote about the goals that were accomplished or nearly completed. Then I listed what was working or why these were completed. Generally the reason is that time, energy and focus were prioritized for these goals and I kept working on them even when problems arose.

Sometimes it’s because the goal ended up being easy once serious work began. That happened with one of my goals that I had procrastinated on for a very long time because I thought it would be a chore. But when I started, it came very easily and I even enjoy it now. Not the chore I thought.

Then I moved on to the goals that were not finished including ones that were scheduled for the second half of the year. I first looked to see if there was any progress made on the goal then listed why or why not. Reasons varied from goal to goal. Sometimes the goal set wasn’t necessarily a good fit or just didn’t feel like a priority compared to other goals with the limited time I have to work each day.

After each of these goals I wrote and underlined “Recommendation.” With the knowledge that I gained, what would I recommend doing in order to move forward? For the goal that didn’t seem to fit, I thought research into alternative options might be the way to move forward. Acceptance of not completing low priority goals was another recommendation. I also put one project on hold till 2019 even though it wasn’t scheduled to begin until August. Freeing more time and energy for the other things that I would like to accomplish.

Now I have a strategy for my goals for the second half of the year. But you know about the best laid plans of mice and men. What about a woman’s?

How often do you review your goals? Are you on track or steered off course? Do you stick to your goals or only use them as a guide? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Take care and have a beautiful day,

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