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Not achieving your goals? Here are 17 mistakes you are making when setting goals. And some goal setting quick tips to turn them around!

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So you’ve set your goals and your new year resolutions. You’ve lined up 10 items that will definitely be checked off at the end of the month. You’ve got this.

 
4 weeks roll by and you’ve only ticked one item off. *Shrugs* Well, that’s ok I’ll just roll them over to the next month.
 
Another 4 weeks roll by and now you’ve 2 items ticked off. At least it’s one better than last month!
 
But this pattern of not ticking off your goals continues. Month after month. When 31st December rolls around, only 4 out of 10 items are completed.
 
Sound familiar?
 
Many of us start the New Year all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. We’ve got big dreams and goals for the year ahead. We start each week enthusiastically. Our to-do lists are filled. So why do we always not achieve our goals? Why do we see the same boxes unchecked on our to do list each day?
 
Setting goals is usually much easier than achieving them. You are most likely making a few mistakes along the way that is stopping you from getting where you want to be.
 
Read on to find out which mistakes you are making in your goal setting journey and turn them around with my quick tips.

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Want to be more productive? A highly effective weekly review process can help you do so. Check out my post right now! And download the weekly review printable with reflection questions and to-dos! Use this weekly review template to measure the progress of your goals.

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Are you in the habit of reviewing your goals?

If so, how often do you do it?

Reviewing your goals is a very critical step to take in achieving them. It’s so easy to get bogged down by the little things, constantly reacting to what life throws at us instead of being proactive. It’s so easy to let life pass us by.

The days bleed into months and then years.

Many of us find that though time moves forward, our goals never do. We make the same resolutions year after year, the same tasks and projects appear on our to-do lists each week.

How do we solve this? How do we ensure that we make progress on our goals?

The Answer: The Weekly Goal Review 

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The 5 reasons why setting goals - both long term and short term goals are important for you. Goal setting worksheet; goal setting printable just for you. Start planning your life today!What are your goals for next year? Where would you like to be at this time next year? What would you like to have accomplished in the next three years?

How do you feel when you are asked questions like that? Annoyed? Excited?

When I was younger I would feel incredibly annoyed whenever anyone asked me those questions – and they were rather frequent! Like how the heck would I know what I was doing in 5 years time?! Let alone next year? And why was the need to set goals so important when I can do whatever, whenever I want?

But now that I’m older, I finally recognise the importance of goals – having gone through a couple of years in my early 20s just existing from one day to the next, not being very ambitious or motivated.

Having been planning my life goals for a few years already, I’ve come to really appreciate how useful the process is.

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Distracted all the time? Can't get anything done? 12 time management strategies to implement. Time management tips to manage your distractions. Grab your free checklist too!

You know how it’s like – You need to get a crap-ton of stuff off your to-do list, but it seems as if there are tons of distractions around you and those items on your to-do list keep getting pushed to the next day…and the next…and the next… ugh

I have been making some changes to my blog over the past month or so and that was the exact problem I experienced. I kept putting off my work. Every single time I needed to sit down and get something down, I managed to find something to distract myself from what needed to be done. And I know many of you have been in similar situations before.

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How to Stop Procrastinating? Regulate your emotions. An interview with Dr Timothy Pychyl. More on how to stop procrastinating tips and ideas in the article.You’ve been through this many times, haven’t you?

You want to finish up that essay, clean up that corner in your room, get through those 5 pesky things on your to-do list…

But you just can’t seem to do it.

Instead, you find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed, daydreaming or maybe even skimming through this article.

Being an avid procrastinator, I’ve tried tons of time management hacks, downloaded plenty of apps; thinking that there must be a problem with the way I spend my time. But this article by Dr. Timothy Pychyl opened my eyes. It’s not so much about your time management – though that is also important – as it is more about your emotional state when you are about to do something.

Dr. Pychyl has devoted many years of study and research into the area of procrastination, having written a fascinating number of articles and books on it. An Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Dr. Pychyl is also a Director for the Initiatives in Education. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Pychyl recently and he has shared his insights and tips on tackling procrastination.

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8 Insanely Effective Career Hacks that will skyrocket your career. Novel career advice and career ideas. Reading widely, coaching, mentoring, personal branding, forming relationships and so on.Is work the same old thing for you everyday? Do the same stuff for 8 hours, attend the same meetings, talk to the same people, go home, rinse and repeat for x number of days after?

What are the words that pop up in your mind when you think of your career? Boring. Monotonous. Lame. Awful. Stupid.

OR. Do words like – Exciting! Fun! Purposeful! Meaningful! Amazing! Appear more?

Notice how different each set of descriptors make you feel?

If you belong in the former group and are dying to feel more excited about your job, look no further. Here are some hacks that will guarantee you get out of your career rut, learn new skills, get more out of your work hours and experience amazing growth and development. Work will never be the same again!

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Are these study techniques effective at boosting your learning and memory retention? 10 popular study methods are examined by psychologists. What is their conclusion? Fit their study tips into your learning.Do you remember all the content you’ve studied? Do you know what study techniques work for you?
If you are anything like me; you read – no, skim – your notes a day before the test, cramming everything into your head at the last minute…Praying to the Study Gods that somehow, something will stick… That you will be able to regurgitate material like a pro on exam day.
 
That didn’t work out too well. I have a hard time recalling information and studying was also a huge pain. I still have no clue what works for me and I’m sure I’m not alone in this.
 
Worry no more, dear friends, as help is here! Several educational psychologists have recently reviewed 10 popular study methods. They analysed learning conditions, student profiles, the context in which the techniques are used, and the effects these has on performance.
This review will help anyone – not just students – who has new material to learn, but are constantly struggling to engage with the content and retain information.
Let’s find out what the research has to say.

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Need time management strategies, ideas and time management tips for your life? Here are 12 of the best time management blogs you should follow right now. You will be mastering time management in no time!You stare at the clock…ticking away.

3 hours. That’s all you’ve got and the deadline is up.

To your left, a pile of laundry sits in the corner – untouched and unwashed.

And that pile of letters on your desk desperately needs mailing out.

“Oh, if only I had more time to do all these!” You think.

You start to panic, running your hands through your hair, feeling the anxiety build up…but yet here you are, reading my blog scrolling through your Facebook feed for the umpteenth time.

My friend, you can get ALL the above and more done. You need better time management skills.

And to help kickstart your journey to becoming a time management guru, we’ve gathered 12 of the best blogs and online forums dedicated to the subject. These are chock full of tips, tricks, strategies and ideas that will be having you finishing projects way before their deadlines, and balancing that with the unwashed laundry, mails and whatever else life throws at you.

Here we go!

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