Set Your 3-Month Goals Now!

It’s the perfect time to complete them by the end of the year

Kayla Douglas
Sep 30 · 3 min read
Photo by Emma Matthews on Unsplash

Setting goals for yourself is one way to make sure you continue moving forward in your life. But it’s hard to know just how far out to set your goals.

Staying focused on one thing for 12 months can be a challenge. Think back to January, do you even remember what New Year’s Resolution you set for 2019? If so, you have three months left before the end of the year. What steps have to take toward your goal? Can you make it in this last stretch?

Why Set 3 Month Goals

Twelve weeks is a short enough time to keep our momentum up and complete some things we want to get done. It’s better to break our yearly goals down into smaller attainable sections.

If you are getting started on your yearly goal now, that’s okay. You can always reset your goals and change their deadlines if they weren’t time-sensitive. You may be able to accomplish more than you think in 3-months if you are focused.

Let’s Look at An Example

For example, if I wanted to finish writing a book by the end of the year, I may have started strong in January. Maybe I already have 12,000 words written, but my goal was to have 60,000 by the end of the year. It doesn’t sound realistic that I will write 48,000 words in 3 months if I have only written 12,000 in 9 months. So I will assess the time I have and my commitment level and rewrite my goal.

This time I decide, I’m going to write an average of 500 words a day until the end of the year. It doesn’t sound like too much. If I miss a day, doubling up once in a while doesn’t seem outrageous. When I multiply that out, 500 words a day, seven days a week, for 12 weeks, (500x7x12) I could write 42,000 words by the end of the year! It’s close to my original goal, and by cutting the timeframe down, I’m much more likely to take action. Even if I complete half of my new goal, I’ll be in a better place.

The same rule works for weight loss or learning a language. At the end of each three months, you can re-evaluate how you did and decide if you want to set the same goal again. If it was too difficult or too easy, you might adjust it.

Each time you accomplish a goal, you feel good. So setting shorter-term goals makes sense for your mental and emotional health. So why not set even shorter goals?

While its fun to challenge yourself every once in a while to a week-long challenge, setting goals for one month or less is not the most productive. If you don’t get started right away, you can give up quite early by deciding its too late, and impossible to complete the goal. Research has shown that 3-months is a reasonable time frame.

How to decide which goals to set

If you didn’t set yearly goals that you can go back and revisit, you may be wondering what would make sense for you to start now. The truth is, you don’t need a new year, a new month, or even a new week to start a goal. It’s just a pattern that many of us use. But you may have time-sensitive goals that make sense for this time of year.

Maybe your goal is to have all of your Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving so you can relax and enjoy the holiday season. Perhaps you want to run a 5k or save up enough money to do something special for New Year’s. Whatever goal you have in mind, you don’t need a special day to start. I use the end of the year as a little extra motivation.

I like to set personal goals as well as professional goals. Some areas of life that you may want to look at our personal development, career, health and fitness, relationships, money, and so on.

By setting goals and achieving them, you take responsibility for your life and determine the direction that it’s moving in. Where do you want to go before 2020?

Kayla Douglas

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Life Coach, author, lifelong learner, travel enthusiast, narcolepsy advocate, living in Myanmar, she/her

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