• Tuesday, July 16, 2024
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What’s your Q1 goal looking like?

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Today marks the end of first quarter for this year. Are you making progress towards achieving your set goals? You need to take time to assess your goals after the first quarter so that you can make adjustment in the second quarter, analysts have said.

You need to assess and organise your goals, and in doing so, you need to write down your goals so that you can reference it on month to month or week to week basis.

Michel Beaubien, head of Michel Beaubien & Associates, US, said you should make each goal as actionable as possible. You might spend two hours today researching, setting calendar reminders, asking and emailing friends for advice or recommendations, buying a book or two, registering for something, asking a mentor how to change a habit, etc.

Look at the overall characteristic of your goals collectively. Is there enough adventure and fun? Are there enough true challenges? Do these goals match the time you actually have? Do they reflect who you are and aim to be?

Evaluating your budget is a key step to making sure your budget meets your current financial goals. Your needs and goals will change over time, and so you should evaluate your budget on a periodic basis.

Ideally, you should review your budget on a monthly basis and adjust any categories that are consistently lower or higher than you had budgeted, but at least every year you should sit down and totally assess your budget and your financial goals. This process does not need to take as long as setting up your first budget, Miriam Caldwell, personal finance specialists, said.

To evaluate your goals she said first, ask yourself what your current financial goals are. These do change over time. For example, you may have been focusing on getting out of debt, and once you reach that goal, you may have a lot of extra money to redistribute.

If you are getting married, your financial picture will change drastically. Having a child will also change dramatically. Choose at least three specific goals to work towards. Most experts agree you should save about fifteen percent of your income towards retirement. A good goal would be working towards contributing this much.

Next, you should evaluate your current budget to see if it is helping you to reach those financial goals. This may be fairly straightforward, but if something has recently changed, then you will need to change your budget as well. When you find yourself debt free you may have several hundred extra dollars each month. It is important to make saving a top priority, although you may be able to increase your spending in different categories.

According to her, look for ways that you can improve your budget. You may find that you need to put your savings in a different bank so that it is more difficult to access the money. This may add extra incentives to track your spending through out the month. Consider switching to an envelope system if the one thing you hate about budgeting is tracking your expenses.

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