Hitting Reset: How to Refocus Mid-Year and Achieve Your Goals

It’s important to take time throughout the year to reflect and reset. Now that July has rolled around, and we’ve officially entered the second half of the year, it’s the perfect opportunity to do just that. So, we’ve put together some tips on how to help you make space for your thoughts and feelings, re-evaluate your goals, implement good habits and ensure that you end 2021 on a high note.
The first step is to review the goals you set out at the beginning of the year. Take stock of the accomplishments you’ve achieved to date and celebrate your hard work! Then, take a look at the areas where you’re struggling and ask yourself why. Do your goals need to be adjusted slightly, or maybe you need to let go of them altogether? Our values change throughout the year, so it’s essential to take time to understand what’s working and what isn’t so that you can refine your habits for the second half of the year.
Here are three questions to help prompt you:

1. What would you say was the theme of the past six months? What have been some key lessons?
2. Name five things for which you’re grateful.
3. How would you like to FEEL at the end of the year?
As a group of creatives, we love to design a mood board before jumping into any project. Creating a visual representation of how we want to feel, what we want to do and where we want to go helps us curate our goals and move forward with clarity. We love referring to our mood board when we need inspiration and to stay on track. Plus, it’s a wonderful meditative project that relieves stress!
It’s hard to get anything done when your space is overflowing with ‘things’. Clutter also takes up space in your mind! Now that you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve, the process of decluttering encourages you to take stock of the items you have in your life and clear out anything that doesn’t bring you joy or provide value.
Depending on your focus areas for the second half of the year, you may want to organize your closet, kitchen, office, bedroom or all of the above. It can feel overwhelming at first, but keep that mood board handy to remind you why you’re tackling this. Pro tip: get yourself a label maker, and you’ll be having fun in no time!
It’s time to get your handy dandy notebook out and start writing that to-do list. Jot down the big goals and then set smaller, achievable tasks that you need to accomplish over the next six months. Once you know the specific steps to move you forward, give your calendar an overhaul to better track your deadlines and stay focused. Everything is more manageable in bite-size chunks.
We all know that consistency is key. So, now that you’ve outlined what you want to achieve and detailed the steps you need to take, creating a routine is the roadmap to executing those goals. Routines create structure, save time, reduce stress and build momentum.
The thing to remember about routines is that they need to be realistic. So, be honest with yourself and implement small changes that you can follow without over-thinking or leaving room for backing out. Want to make that early morning fitness class? Pack your gym bag and have the coffee machine ready the night before!