One of my goals is to be eating Croatian Ice Cream in Rovinj.
No matter what your stage in life is, I am sure you have been asked something along the lines of “what is your five year plan?” Whether that’s…in the next 5 years I want to be finished with school and working at (insert dream job here). Or, in the next 5 years I want to purchase my first home, or a new car, or visit Croatia. All of these end goals require a plan, which is what I am here for!
First, identify what it is that you desire to achieve in the next 5 years.
My example would be that in 5 years I would like to have saved up enough to travel back to Croatia. I went with my family the first time and had an AMAZING experience. This time I would like to go back with my boyfriend. To travel comfortably to Croatia for two weeks costs about $5,000 per person (plane tickets are $1,500 right now for standard coach seats round trip).
Second, break this big goal down to smaller monthly goals.
I would need to save $84 each month for 60 months to reach my goal of $5,000. (At $84 per month I will have made $5,040 but at $83.34 I will have saved $5,000).
Lastly, break this down into weekly or daily goals.
Each week I would need to save $21, or $3 per day ($2.98 if you want to get technical). Now think about that.
3 dollars per day!
I made this bold because I want it to grab your attention. When this article started, I was telling you I wanted to save $5,000. That is A LOT of money. Now we broke up this goal into more realistic smaller goals. That $5,000 sounds a lot less scary when I tell you that it is $3 per day. That is about the average price of a cup of coffee in the U.S. today. A two week international experience sounds a lot more memorable than the cup of coffee I had two years ago.
Now, I challenge you to write this all down and hang it somewhere that you’ll see every day. In your room, on your mirror, wherever. You can constantly be reminded of what you need to be doing daily to make your goals happen.