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Why I'm Breaking Up with Yearly Vision Boards for Quarterly Wins

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Heyy, Muses! Today, I want to get honest about goal setting. For years, I was all about those grand yearly vision boards - you know, the ones you see all over Instagram and Tiktok. But last year I decided to switch to quarterly planning, and let me tell you, it's been a total game-changer. So I'm here to share why this shift might just be what we all need to stay motivated, focused, and actually achieve our dreams.

The Downside of Yearly Vision Boards:

Yearly vision boards are like New Year's resolutions – full of hope but often forgotten by March. They can be overwhelming, too broad, and honestly, a bit unrealistic. Remember when I ambitiously added 'Run a marathon' to my board, only to realize my schedule (and love for cozy Netflix evenings) didn't quite align? We've all been there.

My 'Aha' Moment:

It hit me one evening (mid-Netflix, of course) – what if we're going about this all wrong? What if the key isn't setting fewer goals but rather breaking them down into manageable time frames? That's when I decided to give quarterly planning a try.

The Quarterly Planning Advantage:

  1. Focused Goals: With just three months, goals need to be specific and achievable. This clarity has been a breath of fresh air for me.

  2. Regular Resets: Life changes, and so do we. Quarterly planning allows for regular check-ins and adjustments. It's like having four mini New Year's Days each year!

  3. Celebrating Small Wins: There's something incredibly motivating about ticking off goals every few months. It keeps the momentum going and the spirits high.

My Journey with Quarterly Planning:

Diving into quarterly planning, I set realistic, smaller goals that aligned with my bigger vision. For instance, instead of 'launch a new product line,' my first quarter goal was 'finalize product designs.' It was a small but significant step. And you know what? I did it. The satisfaction of achieving that goal was immense and propelled me forward.

The Ripple Effect:

This approach has not just improved my goal-setting; it's enhanced my overall mindset. I'm more flexible, less stressed, and honestly, more excited about the future. It's a ripple effect – when you feel good about your goals, you feel good about your life.

So, Muses, are you ready to join me in this quarterly revolution? Whether you're a seasoned planner or new to the game, I believe this approach can work wonders for anyone. Let's ditch the overwhelming, year-long marathons for exciting, achievable sprints.

I’d love to hear from you! Are you thinking of trying quarterly planning? Or do you have another method that's working magic for you? Share your stories, tips, or even your hesitations in the comments. Let’s support and learn from each other as we stride into a productive, fulfilling 'Rich Girl' 2024 era!


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