Lets face it life gets in the way of many things. Bills to pay, house cleaning, a job. And it most certainly gets in the way of your life aspirations and goals. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to make your goals while living a normal life, or is there? In this article I will explain 5 ways on how to properly set and meet your goals while managing your time to enjoy of your life.
1) Be Flexible
When we think of a daily schedule what do we think of? Get up for work at 7, get lunch at 12, pick the kids up at 4, etc. But time is not a designated period on the clock, time is fluid, mental, watching a 3 hour movie that keep you enthralled feels much different from waiting 3 hours in an airport lobby after missing your earlier flight.
Many people attempt to achieve their goals, they often build a schedule or time planner around the hands of a clock, you might be able to follow that schedule for a day, week, or maybe even a month, but life always finds a way to throw a wrench into that plan, and if your schedule's built on glass instead of rubber your plan will shatter. Keep the clock in mind for important matters such as your job, school, and appointments, but for everything else stay flexible.
2) Sticky Notes: Make a daily game plan and stick to it
One of the greatest inventions of the past 50 years is the sticky note. square pieces of paper that you can write on and stick to anything, not only is it simplistically beautiful, it should also be the base of your newly productive life. Every night before going to bed write down everything that needs to be done the next day: mow the lawn, do the laundry, grocery shopping, begin writing a new business plan, etc.
Make sure the writing is big enough to see easily from a distance, and use more sticky notes if you need. After writing the next day’s goals, place the note(s) in a place that you can not miss the next morning, my two personal favorite spots are the kitchen cabinets, or the bathroom mirror.
Keep that sticky mentally lodged in your brain or take the note with you, every time you complete one of the goals cross it out, this gives your brain a sense of positive reinforcement that you conquered what set out to do.
3) Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither should your goals. A big problem with goal setting and time management is that people are generally bad at predicting the amount of time something will take. I have this problem quite often and is something I always need to keep in check before one goal begins to bleed into the time of another. It’s always good to have a lofty goal as it will give you continued motivation and vigor. But saying that your goal is to write your first book in one week while haven’t written a word is a quick way to set yourself up for failure and in doing so never actually finishing that book.
When thinking about goals and projects don’t think in a straight line but rather in waves, there may come a day that your synapses are firing on all cylinders and you go above and beyond what you thought was possible on others you stress and struggle to get the bare minimum. Set a chunk of time each day dedicated to that goal and just get done what you can. As long as you have an end goal in mind and stay consistent in no time your goal will come to fruition.
4) Take Short Breaks Often
Taking breaks is not a sign of laziness but rather needed for your mind and body to refuel and refocus after the workout you just put it through. If you are sitting at your computer for a few hours working on homework, building a status report, or writing a blog, stand up get a drink of water and walk around for 10-15 minutes. When on a break try to not think about the present thing you are working on at all as that will only cause stress and fatigue.
5) Stay Positive
One of the most important factors in staying productive and achieving your goals is keeping a positive mindset. Negativity is cyclical and can cause people harm emotionally or physically their entire life. saying you can’t do something because your hand hurts, your stupid, or I have other work to do, does nothing but breed contempt and doubt.
Be realistic but never sell yourself short. Work hard, stay hungry, learn something new everyday and everything will work out.