Why You Need Visual Goals For Your Finances

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Let’s talk money goals. What are yours?

If you have a big, audacious financial goal, it can seem really overwhelming — maybe you’re wondering how you can keep yourself motivated, or how to tackle the goal in the first place.

What if there’s a fun way to do it that also gives you the opportunity to  unleash your creativity?


Visual Goals FTW

Yup, I’m talking about turning your goals into a visual masterpiece. Aspiring Rembrandt or not, being able to see your goals can increase your chances of achieving them.

Whatever your goal is, achieving the dang thing can see scary. I know when I had a goal to save for a down payment on a house, I had no idea how I was going to set aside tens of thousands of dollars. However, creating a visual goal serves two purposes — you see the tangible effects of your goal and break it down in a realistic way. It’s like eating an elephant: you eat it one bite at a time.

What do I mean by visual goals? Simple: you’re creating a way to track the progress of your goals alongside the overall goal. There are a myriad of examples online, like debt payoff charts you color in, or coloring pages for savings goals.

Let’s look at an example:you decide you want to set aside $10,000 to replace your roof. You can create a large poster replica of your home and draw roof shingles where each one represents $100 towards your goal. Every $100 you set aside, you get to color in one roof shingle.

Or let’s say you want to save $2,000 for your next family vacation. It can be hard to imagine with bills to pay off and everyday expenses piling up. Instead, break it down starting with a drawing of your dream spot.How about $5 or $10 dollars here and there? Soon, those $5 or $10 dollars will stack up — and you’ll get a buzz every time you color in another palm tree on the picture of an island you drew to represent your dream vacation.

Sound silly? Get this: People who write down their goals are 33% more likely to achieve them. Visual goals can absolutely help you work towards them.


Turn It Into a Game

Setting visual goals can be fun because it gamifies the saving journey.  Make a cool poster or a chart that you keep in your where you see it everyday, you want to fill it up or have it all colored in. Every time you pass by you’ll think, “How can I color in that flower petal faster?” or, “OMG only $300 until I get to color that bike tire in!”

Even creating the visual goal tracker can be a game in and of itself. First, you’ll need to think about what you want it to look like and then find a way to break it down into parts you can color. It’ll also force to you crunch numbers to see what the final goal amount is, and what each milestone will be. (And determining reasonable benchmarks! As in, if you’re looking to pay down debt, what’s more realistic: $50 or $100 increments?)

Ultimately, you’ll start to think of money as something other than a source of worry. Come on, you’re coloring in a poster or creating a piece of art. It’s not just about being good or bad with your money, it’s about finding a fun way to track your accomplishments as you work towards your goals.


I’m Convinced. How Do I Create One Of These Things?

There’s no right or wrong way to create a visual goal. As long as you make it clear what your overarching goal is and breaking it down in increments, let your inner Picasso shine!

For example, Amy Jones from Map Your Progress creates posters of swirls that join together to form one large image. If you use one of these or something similar, each swirl would represent part of your savings or debt slaying goal.. Your overall goal is achieved when the whole thing is colored in.

Start by determining what your goal is — get specific in the dollar amount. Maybe you have credit card debt to pay off, or you want to set aside money for your 10th-anniversary trip. Once you determined the total amount, break it down into smaller chunks. For example, f you’re setting aside money to pay off $5,000 worth of credit card debt, divide that amount by 50, so each part of your visual goal represents $100.

Not into coloring inside the lines? Get as creative as you want.

Here are some examples to get your artistic juices flowing:

  • Build a Lego castle and as you pay down your debt, take out one block until it’s totally demolished.
  • Print some cute labels and stick them onto a bunch of jars. . As you fill them up with literal cash (or use something like buttons to represent the money), change the labels or screw on a lid to indicate that jar is filled.
  • Create a large thermometer (like the ones you see for charities when they set donation goals) and set it on an easel in your kitchen for your family to see.
  • Create a spreadsheet in your planner or bullet journal — there are TONS of templates out there.
  • Use a wall in your home and great an image using sticky notes. Take down a sticky note until it’s all gone!

You know you have the drive and the determination. Now go attack those financial goals.

Program Update on REITs Symposium 2019

Dear all readers, I am invited by ShareInvestor and REITAS as one of the panelists to share my view on whether REITs is still a viable investment in the coming REITs Symposium.

Please see the schedule below:

Panel Discussion #1 – REITs: Still a Viable Investment? (2:10pm to 2:40pm)
– Chan Kum Kong, SGX
– Analyst
– Kenny Loh
– Chia Nam Toon, ARA
Moderator: NupurREITAS

Panel Discussion #2 – Insights to Best Performing Singapore REITs (5:00pm to 5:30pm)
– Anthony Ang, Sasseur REIT
– Paul Chew, PhillipCapital
– David Kuo, The Motley Fool
– Calvin Neo, Nikko AM
Moderator: Dinesh, DollarsAndSense


I will be teaching REITs 101 in REITs Symposium, please see the following time slots on different topics:

  • REITs vs Physical Properties (10:15am -10:30am)
  • Metrics to Evaluate a REIT Part 1 – Yield (12:00pm -12:15pm)
  • Metrics to Evaluate a REIT Part 2 – Price/NAV (1:15pm -1:30pm)
  • Metrics to Evaluate a REIT Part 3 – Gearing Ratio (2:45pm -3:00pm)
  • Building a Diversified REIT Portfolio (4:00pm -4:15pm)


If you are the following audiences and keen to learn about REITs,  you can click the REITs Symposium here to register.

  • Real Estate or Property Investors
  • Beginners or Newbies who want to learn about investing
  • Investors who want to look for alternative ways to diversify your portfolio
  • Investors who have ZERO knowledge in REITs.
  • Fund Managers, Private Bankers, Relationship Managers, Financial Advisors, Investment Advisors, Insurance Agents, Property Agents who want to expand your investment knowledge into REITs (an alternative ways to property investing) for more holistic investment portfolio advisory to your clients.

First 30 signups via promo code (msinvesting) will be entitled to a mystery gift and it’s redeemable on ground at ShareInvestor’s booth. Click the REITs Symposium here to register.    http://www.reitsymposium.com/index.html


REITs Symposium Registration



See you at REITs Symposium 2019 on May 18, 2019!

Singapore REIT Bubble Charts April 2019

Bubble charts derived from April 1 , 2019 Singapore REITs Fundamental Comparison Table. Two observations compared to last Bubble Charts.

(1) The bubbles shifted from left to right indicate Singapore REITs become more expensive and also drop in distribution yield. Note: Distribution yield is lagging.

(2) There are no significant changes in gearing ratio.

These Bubble Charts are used to show the “relative” position compare to other Singapore REITs.

Two visual bubble charts to pick and avoid:

  1. Undervalue Singapore REITs with High Distribution Yield** (Value Pick)
  2. Overvalue Singapore REITs with High Gearing Ratio (Risk Avoidance)

** Distribution Yield are lagging.

Compared to previous Singapore REIT Bubble Charts here.


Disclaimer: The analysis is for Author own use and NOT to be used as Buy / Sell recommendation. Get a proper training on “How to use this Singapore REIT Bubble Charts?” here.


Check below on other events:

If you are REIT investors, it is strongly recommended to attend the coming Singapore REITs Symposium on May 18. First 30 signups via promo code (msinvesting) will be entitled to a mystery gift and it’s redeemable on ground at ShareInvestor’s booth. Click the REITs Symposium here to register.    http://www.reitsymposium.com/index.html

http://mystocksinvesting.com/course/singapore-reits-investing/REITs Investing Course 

http://mystocksinvesting.com/course/private-portfolio-review/REITs Portfolio Advisory