When a new year begins, it’s very easy to get excited about resolutions and goals. While this may be good for your finances at first, eventually life can and will get in the way. That’s why it’s always a good idea to do a 6-month check in with any of your goals, be they financial or otherwise.
Today, we’ll help guide you through your semi-annual financial check-in to make sure you’re still on track, or to get you back on track.
Gather up all your accounts and statements
First, you’ll want to make sure you have all your ducks in a row by getting all your financial account statements. This includes your bank statements, credit card statements, investment statements, any debts or loan repayments you’re doing, real estate/mortgage, and anything else you can think of that falls into this category. You could also include your credit score statements, but just be careful you aren’t checking these scores too often in one year, as this can affect your score.
Having all the documents laid out will make sure that, when you evaluate them, you aren’t forgetting anything. Make a check-list if you want to be extra-organized!
Re-evaluate your goals
A lot of the time, people will feel as though they are trapped in their goals and have to see them through before making a new one. This doesn’t have to be the case! Sometimes our values or expectations change, which means that our goals will also change. Don’t be afraid to admit if your goal doesn’t align with your beliefs or lifestyle anymore, and change it accordingly.
If your goal is still relevant to you, however, take a look at what steps you’ve accomplished so far, and take time to congratulate yourself. Even if you aren’t quite where you want to be yet, acknowledging that you’ve made progress at all is a great way to keep yourself motivated.
Write down your action plan for the next six months
It’s one thing to think about what your next steps are going to be - it’s another thing entirely to write them down. According to a study at the Dominican University of California, you’re at least 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down and revisit them consistently.
By taking your plan and writing it down step-by-step, you’ll set a clear path for yourself to make sure you will reach your financial goals, and you will also be able to know when you complete certain steps!
Do a quick check-in every month to stay on track
When it comes to my finances, I check my statements every single day to make sure I haven’t missed anything and that I’m on the right track. You don’t have to be as crazy as I am, but make sure you check in with your progress at the very least once a month. Once a week may be even better! That way, you can figure out immediately what has worked, what hasn’t, and change your plan accordingly.
Goals, especially financial ones, can be daunting if you don’t have a path or you’re unsure what to do. Follow these steps, however, and you’re much more likely to be successful!
What are some of your financial goals for the next six months? Have any of your goals changed from January? Let us know in the comments!