You're either a person who sets goals, or you're not.

Many of us have been writing out lists of goals since we were in school, going from our Junior Cert results to Leaving Cert points, then college aspirations and work objectives.

Sometimes our goals just don't work out, and that's OK. Everybody fails at some point – but that doesn't mean you should throw your list of dreams away.

Setting goals helps you map out your road to success. And while being in your twenties is still just a starting point to the fab life you have ahead of you – it's good to create objectives of what you want to achieve.

So, if you feel like you're losing your way, or just want to set a clear road for your future, here are a few tips for setting goals in your twenties:

Record and track

Having a list of goals means you have a record of what you have already achieved and where you want to go next.

They're a great way of tracking progress in both your personal and professional life. However, don't stress if six months down the line you've barely made a dent in your list.

Many goals don't happen the way you want them to; so perhaps you need to re-think your list and put less pressure on yourself.

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Whether you've reached a small or major milestone, celebrate every single one.

It's important to enjoy the little wins, so whether you want to have a glass of champagne when you get home from work or fancy a trip to town with your BFFs, reward yourself along the way.

You crossed something off your list, so fair play to you.

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Short vs. long term goals

In your twenties, it's hard to know where you'll be in five years time. Many people set out on one path and then end up running down another.

Short term goals are easier to set, but it's important to have a bigger picture in mind.

The first step is to set goals annually and then monthly, so you have a clear picture every step of the way. And remember, it's always OK to revise!

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Ask a mentor

If you don't know where to start, or are confused about where you want to be, ask for help.

Having a career mentor is totally invaluable. So, whether it's a manager you look up to, a past peer, or your mum, it's a good idea to sit down and ask them to convey their thoughts.

Here are some questions to think about when setting your goals:

  • Where are you now? (Your starting off point)

  • Where do you want to be?

  • What have you achieved in the past year/month?

  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?

  • Can you improve on your weaknesses?

  • Where does your manager/peer think you can be in one year's time?

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Be patient

It can be hard to be patient when you have a clear picture of where you want to be – but Rome wasn't built in a day, ladies.

Goals aren't set in stone; they will morph and change as the months and years go on. So, don't fret if you didn't get that promotion or your dream job. It will all work out.

Stay strong and be confident in yourself. Update your goals as your journey evolves and you'll be reaching them in no time.

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