In Australia, we’ve got it pretty good.
We have the best beaches in the world. We have great lifestyles with long summers and short winters. We are relatively safe and healthy. And we have the Hemsworth brothers.
But our high cost of living and red-hot property market means we often struggle to reach our individual goals – especially when those goals involve money.
Recently though, I’ve discovered there are ways that you can actually achieve your life goals, even when they seem out of reach.
1. Go travelling once a year.
I try to go on at least one big holiday a year because travelling is my passion. But it’s also a huge cash thief.
To save I try to eat at home as much as possible – but I make it an event. I’ll invite friends over and get everyone to pitch in, or I’ll cook up something big, filling and cheap on a Sunday that will give me lunch for the whole week.
I don’t go on massive spending sprees either. I wait for clothing sales to come up or I hit my closest op-shops to grab cheap, trendy clothes.
I also try and have an idea of where I want to go at the start of the year, because mentally planning a dream holiday makes it easier to reign in my spending.
2. Climb up the career ladder.
I am a career-orientated person and I am constantly setting myself new goals at work.
I do this by building a target plan – aiming to achieve everything on the list within three months. If I manage to accomplish all of these I will meet with my boss, highlight what I have achieved and make sure my manager is always aware of my capabilities and where my next challenges lie.
The main tip for achieving your work goals is hard work and communication. Your manager is not a mind reader, so I always make sure to organise regular catch-ups to ensure my manager knows where I would like to be heading and get help on how I can get there in a reasonable time. It sounds simple, but it works.