How To Reach Your 2024 Goals

Wow, can you believe that the year is almost over? This means that it’s the time of year when people start thinking about their 2024 goals. It’s only normal, a new year offers the possibility for a new you, right? However, only about 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions each year. And, only 75%…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: January 1, 2024

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Wow, can you believe that the year is almost over? This means that it’s the time of year when people start thinking about their 2024 goals. It’s only normal, a new year offers the possibility for a new you, right?

However, only about 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions each year. And, only 75% of those who set goals follow through with them after the first week of the year.

It’s crazy that 25% of people stopped working towards their goals after just the first week!

So today, I’m going to help you find ways stick to your 2024 goals and become successful with them in the new year. Let’s make your 2024 goal list a reality!

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And, before you throw out the idea of goal setting and New Year’s resolutions, or judge people who are doing so, please keep this quote from Statistic Brain in mind:

People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.

This is why I believe that setting goals and making a plan to reach them is so important.

So, let’s make i a great year. Let’s work on managing our money better, living our dream life, traveling more (here’s how to take a 10 day trip to Hawaii for less than $25!), and succeed with setting goals  and actually reaching them!

Here are my tips and advice to help you reach your life and business goals. Plus, at the end of this article, I’ve included my annual goal progress as well as my goals.

How to make goals:

Review your goals and objectives.

Before you start thinking about the next year, you should think about how the last year went for you. When we look back on the previous year, we can see areas we succeeded in and areas that need to be worked on in the new year.

Think about the goals you reached, the successes you had, the struggles you encountered, and more. Then, think about what you wish you could have done better and the areas you struggled with.

By completing this step, you’ll be able to better figure out what you need to do this year in order to have a successful year.

Make sure your goals are SMART.

You should always make sure that any goal you set for next year is SMART.

A SMART goal is:

  • Specific – What is your goal? Is it specific enough or is it too broad? What needs to be done for you to achieve your goal? Why do you want to reach your goal?
  • Measurable goals– How can you measure your progress? How will you know if you’re on track? 
  • Attainable – Can your goal actually be achieved?
  • Realistic/relevant – Can you achieve your goal? Is the goal worth it?
  • Time – What’s your time frame for reaching your goal?

This is extremely important when setting goals because by doing this, you are ensuring that your goals are realistic and attainable.

Write down your goals and objectives.

Writing down your business and personal goals for the next year is a very important part goal setting.

Completing this step can help you remember your goal and why you want to achieve it. If I don’t write something down or have it in front of me on a regular basis, I tend to forget about it.

If you can’t remember your goals, it would be very hard to achieve them. I suggest that you think about:

Related tip: If you’re looking for a life planner or a goal planner, I highly recommend checking out Erin Condren and looking at their life planners and monthly planners. This can be a great way to stay motivated so that you can reach your goals!

Examples of 2024 goals list – What are some good future goals?

If you are wanting ideas for different 2024 goals examples, here are some that may interest you:

  • Learn a new language
  • Improve your mindset
  • Personal growth goals such as learning a new hobby
  • Practicing daily gratitude
  • Cut your credit card debt
  • Have a better schedule
  • Start a meditation routine
  • Secure leadership roles
  • Volunteer
  • Practice self-care and go to the gym
  • Get outside of your comfort zone
  • Create a monthly budget
  • Make a bucket list

If you’re looking to start New Year’s goals, looking for a fresh start, or simply looking for goal ideas, above is a great place to start. Above could be long term goals, short term goals, small goals, and more.

Create a plan to reach your goals.

If you want to stay motivated with your goals, then one of the first things you should do is to create a plan on how you will reach your goals.

A plan can help you focus on the steps it will take to reach your goal, instead of feeling like you are all over the place.

Your plan should detail the steps you need in order to reach your goal, what will happen as you reach each step, when and how you will track your progress, and more. Being detailed with your plan will help you reach your goal and be successful.

Related reading: Be More Confident And Get What You Want In Life

Break your goal apart into smaller goals.

A year can feel like a long time to reach your goals, and you may forget about them or become overwhelmed with the work it will take to reach them.

One way to approach your goals is to think of 12 separate goals that relate to an overall goal, one for each month of the year. Basically, each month would be a step that gets you closer to your overall goal.

This can be a great way to stay motivated while seeing the progress you are making towards your overall goal, and you’ll know exactly what you need to do in order to be successful.

For example. If your goal is to become a blogger in one year (this is just an easy example for purposes of this blog post), your monthly goals may be something such as:

    • January – Think of a blog idea and a name.
    • February – Start a blog and create a blogging plan.
    • March – Create an editorial calendar.
    • April – Find ways to monetize a blog.
    • May – Reach X amount of page views.
    • June – Attend a blogging conference.
    • July – Guest post on 10 websites.
    • August – Grow your email list to X subscribers.
    • September – Build an emergency fund for X months.
    • October – Reach X in blogging income.
    • November – Grow a social media account to X.
    • December – Become a blogger!

Related: 70+ Goal Ideas For 2024

Keep track of your goal setting progress and make changes (if needed).

To stay motivated with your yearly goals and to become successful with them, you should review your progress every so often. You may want to check in daily, weekly, or monthly, depending on what type of goal you have and what works for you.

Keeping track of your goals is a good idea because it can tell you what you need to do in order to reach your goal, whether or not you are behind, or if you need to make a change.

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Find small ways to stick to your goals.

Many will fall off track when it comes to their goals because sometimes the steps it takes to achieve them just feel too big. This may cause a person to ignore their goal because they are feeling lazy (we’ve all felt this!), tired, and so on. This can lead to spiraling out of control and completely falling off track.

Forgetting about your goal, for even just a short period of time, may also contribute to you falling off track.

If you are feeling like your goals are too big to approach, find a way to take small steps towards achieving them. These can be little things you do on a daily basis that help change your routine into one that helps you attain your goals. And, remember, even small steps in the right direction can lead you to achieving your goals.

We all have days when we feel “off” or forget about our goals, and breaking them down can make these types of days much easier to deal with.

Several examples so that you can learn how to get back on track include:

  • If you are trying to eat in more, do a batch freezer cooking session to stay on top of preparing meals. This way, you will have a meal to turn to on the days when you don’t feel like cooking.
  • If you’re not feeling like working out, then do something small instead. Try to fit in some squats, lunges, or jumping jacks while you are doing something like cooking a meal, watching TV, or getting ready.
  • If you are trying to reach financial goals but are feeling overwhelmed, you may want to start automating as much as you can, and so on. This can make reaching your financial goals a little easier.

Related reading: Living Life To The Fullest Is Something Everyone Should Start Doing

Find ways to motivate yourself when setting goals.

Motivation is what keeps you going so that you do not quit, and this will help you to reach your goals. If you find your motivation, it will help you continue to work towards your goal, even when it seems impossible. However, finding motivation can be a hard task for anyone.  

If you are having a hard time finding motivation, here are a few things you can do to get back on track so you don’t give up on your goals:

  • Create a vision board and keep it somewhere that you will see on a daily basis.
  • Make it a friendly competition (read more below).
  • Find ways to reward yourself as you get closer to your goal.

Related reading: How To Stay Motivated And Become Successful

Make reaching your personal goals a friendly competition.

One great way to stay on track with your goals for the year is to turn your goal setting into a competition between you and someone else.

Finding an accountability partner can make reaching your goals more fun and potentially easier.

This works because you won’t be going at it alone, you’ll have someone to talk to who is going through a similar process as you, you’ll have someone else pushing you to succeed, and more.

There are many ways to find an accountability partner. This can be someone you know, such as a friend, family member, coworker, and so on. They can even be a stranger, such as someone you met online with a similar goal.

Update on my goals:

  • FAIL. Get at least three months ahead on Making Sense of Cents posts. I was doing well with this goal until the last few months. I am currently only around one month ahead in content. I do plan on catching back up and being around 2-3 months ahead in content soon, though.
  • FAIL. Grow Making Sense of Cents to 1,000,000 monthly page views. My traffic did not increase as much as I would have liked, but I have since realized that this number is superficial. Instead, everything else increased (social media accounts, email list, emails from readers, etc.), so that is what truly matters!
  • PASS. Start doing more live interviews, such as podcasts and webinars. I am saying yes to 99% of the interviews that are offered to me, and it’s been a lot of fun. I am not nervous whatsoever for live interviews anymore, so that is a great positive of me saying yes to everything in the past year – I have grown a lot in this area!
  • PASS. Create one more product to sell. In 2016, I created Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, and that has completely changed my life and my business. While I haven’t launched this second product yet, it is being worked on, and I have LOTS of other product ideas as well.

My new goals:

  • Get at least three months ahead on Making Sense of Cents posts. Being ahead in blog posts makes life much more enjoyable because I can focus on other things knowing that the majority of my writing work is already done. This is one of my major goals!
  • Grow to 150,000 email subscribers. I would love to help more readers, see even more engagement, have higher traffic, and so on. I love my blog, and I would love to see it grow! I’m hoping to see at least 150,000 email subscribers by the end of the year. This is another major goal for the next year.
  • Create two more products to sell. In 2016, I created Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, and that has completely changed my life and my business. I want to think about and create another product to sell in the next year so that I can continue to diversify my income.
  • Work less than 40 hours per week. For the most part, I am working less than 40 hours per week. However, there are some weeks when I spend all day and night on the laptop, not even sure where the day went. Due to that, I would like to continue to work on a better work/life balance.
  • Have fun. Okay, so this isn’t really a goal that is quantifiable or something that I’ll track, haha, but I am really looking forward to the new year! 🙂

Have you thought about your new year resolutions? What are your goals? What goal setting tips do you have to share?

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Hey! I’m Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and I am the founder of Making Sense of Cents. I’m passionate about all things personal finance, side hustles, making extra money, and online businesses. I have been featured in major publications such as Forbes, CNBC, Time, and Business Insider. Learn more here.

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  1. Good morning Michelle,

    It’s not hard to believe that 2018 is right around the corner and only a few days away. It’s been another blessed year of striving for excellence and trying to achieve all kinds of healthy changes. And yes, it’s time to start thinking about goals to achieve in 2018. I don’t feel I achieved all I hoped for this year. However, I am glad that I stayed in Church this year and took the teaching of Holiness closer to heart. I am disappointed at myself in a sense because I did not wholeheartedly apply myself to the gym and losing weight. Unfortunately, I am still a Butterball and will try to hopefully make it to the gym today so I can get on the treadmill for a few minutes. One thing I’ve learned about the new year and aging is that when the new year comes around, it’ll inspire you again from day one to set healthy goals of setting a weight loss goal to achieve, such as striving to lose a hundred pounds before the end of the year.

    In the new year, I hope to increase my frequency of prayer, attendance in the gym, eating healthier, and continuing the journey of building solid relationships with blogger such as yourself and taking the internet business side hustle seriously. I personally love this line of work because there is no pressure involved. You have to be really driven in this line of work to continue the journey even on days when business doesn’t pan out well for you. Okay now… Time for me to move on and get things done for today. I have a lot on my plate to do offline and I just wanted to stop by to comment on your wonderful post about reaching goals in 2018. Keep up the good work Michelle with your blogging and affiliate marketing stuff. 🙂

    1. I hope 2018 is a great year for you!

      1. Thanks so much Michelle. All is possible if you believe and do the transformation business work.

  2. Awesome! What are your goals?

  3. Yes, I don’t like the 1 year timeline either – especially because that negatively impacts so many people. Due to it, some people only care about the 1 year and not anything else!

  4. We wrote about the same thing today! How cool is that. I’d like to think that great minds think alike 😉

    We break down our goals in a similar way but I included a planner to use to help track your goals. So invaluable!

    1. Yes, great minds do think alike 🙂

  5. PATTY

    I like your idea of starting small with the workouts! I think anything is better than nothing. My planner talks about that too! Frustration and being hard on ourselves over fails doesn’t help and I agree with you on making the goals smart and monitoring your progress. It really works when we write what we want to do, somehow it gives more motivation!

  6. 3 months ahead of posts?! Oh dear – is that the pro blogger reccomendation? I think I’m lucky to not be late to posting. #1 goal for next year is a 2 week buffer for me!

    1. It’s just what I do since I travel full-time 🙂 It helps me manage a better work-life balance.

  7. Awesome goals for next year Michelle.

    Excited to see the next product you make. Obviously, your first went extremly well!

    Thanks for reminding us to check in with last years goals and start this year off on the first foot.

  8. I love that one of your goals is to work less than 40 hours per week. It’s a true sign of success when you are trying to work less. Your points about SMART goals are spot on. The better your goals the easier it is to achieve them.

  9. Great post Michelle, thanks for breaking down a good process. In the past my new years goals were mostly fitness related and I plan to continue those, but this will be my first new years with a blog so I have to add blog goals.

    As for subscribers, I have 19. So at least I’m out of the gate. But I think it’s fair to say I won’t be shooting for 150,000 🙂

    1. Everyone has to start somewhere 🙂

  10. This is pretty much how I reached my 2017 goals. Something else I did was only setting specific goals for every quarter. It helped me realize I can’t do it ALL and still do all of it well. By setting quarterly goals, I was able to focus on one thing that was really important, AND accomplish it on time (sometimes earlier than my goal date!)

    1. I hope you reach your 2018 goals and that it’s a great year for you 🙂

  11. Finding small ways to stick to my goals is where I normally fail. I go all in at first then get overwhelmed and give up. I am becoming better though and will follow your tips for 2018!

  12. My 2017 goals were hit or miss. I completed 50% of them. Next year I’m going to focus on 4-6 things that I want to get completed next year. That way I should be able to complete them all.

  13. Hi Michelle! Yes, you look totally relaxed in the interviews I have seen so congratulations! I met some goals this past year. Mainly I wanted to work from 9 am to 1 pm while my kids were in school and double my income, both of which I did. I still do work in the evenings but for the most part, my evenings and weekends are free. I also got over my blog fear of “am I doing it right” and just recently plunged in, which was a big deal. Next year I want my blogging income to be a substantial part of that so I can spend even more time on family, relationships, fitness and other goals including better form and less flab (about 10 kilos down – I know I can do it.) Thanks Michelle and everyone else in the group. Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you! I hope 2018 is wonderful for you.

  14. I love setting goals, especially during the new year! I’ve always written down my New Year’s Resolutions in my journals almost every year since I was younger and it’s always fun to look back and reflect on how I did. Last year I actually wrote it down in my blog for an even more accountable way to stick to my goals. Love your tips to stick with goals, especially the one with breaking it up into smaller parts. I guess sometimes it’s easy to look at it in the big picture and it becomes overwhelming, but seeing that breakdown makes it easier to actually achieve. I’m hoping to grow my blog and become a consistent blogger next year, while paying down my debt, which is why I just LOVE your blog! Thanks for putting up such a great post!

  15. I can’t stress how important the “Write down your 2018 goals and objectives” line is. As someone with shiny object syndrome mixed with a questionable memory, if it’s not staring me in the face, I will forget about it. Haha thanks for the reminder!

  16. SerhiiG

    I use the iSmart.Life app to do my tasks.
    Goals are achievable if they are planned, broken down into small tasks and implemented.

  17. Awesome. This post motivates me to set SMART goal for the new year. Very inspiring indeed. I personally believe Health is Wealth so my primary goal would be to become healthy and also I will motivate others to be healthy.
    The secondary goal would be to work harder to make more money.

    Thank you

  18. viGESTha

    Thankyou so much, for open my mind. I acctually always late for making my set goals. I often made this in January or February *lmao. But from now on I want to try preparing my set goals so well as i can ,so I trying to make it early. huhuhu

  19. I’m spiritually and physically striving for get healthy again for the new year. Rooting me on is always a good thing! 🙂

  20. Hi Michelle,

    I didn’t make any New Year resolution in the past, but this year I think it would be a good idea to work on it, more than a resolution I want to work on a goal setting and make a plan to achieve it.

    This article will help me to work on it. Thanks for sharing.

  21. 2017 didn’t work out for me as far as business goes! Some health problems and a pregnancy held me back physically, but I’m so ready to take on 2018! Thanks for sharing, Michelle 🙂

  22. Great information.

    I do wish there was more info on a vision board instead of sending me to Amazon to purchase something. Christine Kane actually has a course on Vision Boards. There is more validity to creating a vision board than just purchasing poster boards. There is a reflective process that could compliment your post.

    Otherwise, nice list and thank you!

  23. Frances McGee

    My 2018 goal and New Year’s resolution is to take your online course(affiliate marketing) and launch my new blog! I was a little overwhelmed with the thought of starting it and where to begin but I am determined to get it done and follow my heart! 🙌🏼 I am looking forward to reaching my goals this year! And using your much needed tips to help me along the way!
    Thanks Michelle! 💕

  24. christine

    I haven’t made New Years Resolutions in a few years because I was tired of not following through and just let myself off the hook by not making any at all. But not this year! There are some new things I want to try and some goals I want to accomplish. So I’ll be making my list of resolutions very soon!

  25. Thomas Kim

    I love the “SMART” goals, it’s so true! I’ve made my new year resolutions, going to work even harder to achieve them. Thank you for your article!

  26. I’m working on creating my first eCourse – but I’m so nervous about it! It seems like WAY too big of a project for me, even though I have a big passion behind what I want to say and teach. I’d love to read more from you about how you worked through your eCourse, and how to promote it when you have a much smaller audience!