Life can be busy and chaotic – sometimes it can feel out of control. But stepping back once in a while to think about what YOU want in your life in the next year or so is important. Talk about this with a partner or friend or mentor. Be specific and write it down. What challenges might you face on your path to achieve those goals? Planning may not be for everyone but putting your dreams on paper is an important first step.
Not sure where to start? Consider making an appointment at your local community college. Most have career advisors and many resources that can help you get started. If you like your job but would like to move up, you might want to ask your supervisor of good strategies. You deserve to have a life you love. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Life goals and personal mission statement – great tool to write goals and steps to achieve each in a reasonable timeline.
Whether you prefer to manage your goals on your smartphone or on your desktop computer, these tools can help you focus and achieve your goals:
- Goalbuddy- free online goal tracking tool that helps you set and track your progress
- GoalEnforcer- visual goal-planning software for planning and accomplishing your goals.
- Goalscape- free software that helps you define and reach your goals.
There are a number of budgeting apps that are free to download that can help you manage your money – EveryDollar Budgeting App, Mint.com, Personal Capital, Acorns, and Dollarbird.
Here is a link to information about 10 Money podcasts that can help you save!
There are a number of books about saving money and setting goals. Amazon best sellers include The Total Money Makeover, Secrets of Six-figure Women, and How to Manage Your Money when You Don’t Have Any (all free on Audible).
One book you can get from your local library is Creating Your Best Life by Caroline Adams Miller and Michael Frisch. Click here to learn about 7 career-boosting books written by African American authors.