I’ve only recently begun to plan 15+ years out for my future. Until now, it was hard for me to imagine where I’d be (realistically!) in 5, 10, or 20 years.
I often hear myself quoting Scarlett O’Hara from the movie Gone with the Wind, “Well, tomorrow is another day.” Or, “I don’t want to think about that today, I’ll deal with that tomorrow.” Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow…..but tomorrow never comes.
For the past three years, I’ve set some simple, yet on-going goals for myself: increase my credit score, ride my bike more, save a set amount and be debt-free. And each year I’m unhappy about not reaching them completely, but pat myself on the back for making some progress.
I’ve been reworking my Newlywed Bliss Box by turning it into an e-book. I’m anticipating finishing it this year (I’m about half-way there.) However, in the process of turning my posts into an actual “book” I realized I had to change the goal-setting spreadsheet and make it much more specific. In doing so, I decided that SMART goals are the best method to getting what you want.