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Lifehacker readers know that goal setting and New Year’s resolutions don’t always work out (resolutions, specifically, have a high potential to fail).

But if you there’s something you want to achieve, it’s also undeniable that naming it, making a plan and taking specific and consistent steps is the best way to accomplish it. And the new year is as good a time as any to start doing that, assuming you’re lenient with yourself and understand that everyone faces setbacks at some point. Particularly with money.

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When you're going about your day-to-day, it's easy to put important questions about your career - what you really want to do, how you get there - on the backburner as you complete the tasks you need to get done now. And who wants to think about work in the few hours we have off?

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Humans spend a lot of their waking hours avoiding thoughts of our inevitable end. That's probably for the best, since dwelling on your death is a morbid exercise. But, it turns out, it's also a very useful thing to think about when trying to figure out your life.

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Should you pay off debt, or save for a rainy day? Knock out some of your HECS debt, or put some extra money toward your credit card debt? Focus on your savings account, or save for retirement?

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The harsh truth: A goal will start to dissipate when stuck inside a brain for too long. To move from that comfortable space of “I wish I could do it” to the thrilling realm of “Holy heck, I’m actually doing it”, it needs to be put out there. Spoken aloud. Shared with trusted friends. Given legs.

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Balancing your financial goals, wants and needs isn't easy. There always seems to be something else popping up, keeping you from setting aside the money you intended to save at the beginning of the month. If you're trying to reach a money milestone - like saving up $10,000, for instance - here are some strategies that can help.

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If there’s one truism when it comes to your money, it’d be not to let your emotions get the best of you: You don’t want to sell when the market’s tanking, splurge on something you can’t afford when you’re in a bad mood, or continually give money to a loved one with no strings attached.

But giving into your emotions can actually be a boon to your finances in the right circumstances. Here’s why.