Check out these simple ways to accomplish your goals and live your best life!
While setting goals is very important, it is also important to implement ways to keep yourself on track and accountable. How many times have you set a new year’s resolution (or two) and then forgotten about them?
After all, only about 9% of people feel that they are successful in keeping their resolutions.
If you set a goal and never work towards achieving it, it really is just a wish.
And while I am a huge Disney advocate and dreamer, a wish doesn’t do anyone any good if you aren’t going to put in the reps and do the hard work.
A little tough love there but it’s only because I want you to live your best life and to reach any goal that is pulling at your heartstrings.
I know I’ve struggled with consistency among some other things when trying to achieve some big goals for Living Koselig.
The good news is that I’ve learned and I’m going to share with you some of my tips for staying focused on your goals so you don’t have to stumble as I did.
After all, goal setting shouldn’t be a waste of time. You have a particular goal that you want to reach in your personal life or professional life and here are the ways that you can reach them and live a fulfilling life.
Here are 9 ways for staying focused on your goals and getting yourself one step closer to your dream life.
1. It’s all about that Positive Mindset
I’m going to start with your mindset because a positive mindset is everything. If you have limiting beliefs about actually reaching your goals, chances are you are not going to crush your goals.
The first thing you need to do is start off by changing the way you think.
For instance, if your goal is to start making more money and you keep telling yourself “I can’t because….”, stop right there.
Successful people aren’t telling themselves they can’t reach those important goals. They are looking at the big picture and telling themselves that they will reach that goal.
Negative beliefs are only going to hold you back from taking any sort of action or moving closer to your goal. With a negative mindset, you’re going to have a hard time ever reaching your goal.
It’s amazing how much our thoughts control our lives and by simply changing the way we think, we can change our mindset which will lead to better actions and eventually reaching our goal.
2. Create SMART goals
SMART is an acronym that stands for:
You want to make sure that your goals fit into these five categories so that you can better assess your progress and eventually achieve them.
For instance, if your goal is to start making more money, a SMART goal would be to make an extra $200 per month.
This goal is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely.
You can measure your progress by looking at your bank account balance at the end of each month and you know that if you make an extra $200 per month, you will reach your goal within a year.
If you want to learn more about setting SMART goals, check out this blog post.
3. A Clear Why
It can be hard to stay focused on your major goals, especially if you don’t have a clear why or if you’re trying to achieve too many things at once.
You may feel like you’re constantly struggling and not making any progress. This can lead to frustration and eventually giving up on your goals.
To prevent this from happening, it’s important to have a clear why. Reflect on why you want to reach this goal in the first place.
For instance, if your ultimate goal is to make more money, ask yourself why.
Some possible answers could be that you want to be able to travel more, or you want to save up for a down payment on a house.
Whatever your why is, make sure it is clear and specific.
This will help you stay focused on your goal because you will always have that why in the back of your mind to keep you going.
4. Create a Vision Board
A vision board is a great way to stay focused on your goals.
It is basically a board (could be a corkboard, whiteboard, a digital board, or even just a piece of paper) where you post pictures and words that represent your goals.
This could be anything from pictures of the vacation you want to take to quotes about the life you want to live.
The point is to have a visual representation of your goals so that you are constantly reminded of what you are working towards.
I have a vision board in my office and I love looking at it on a regular basis to remind myself what I am working towards. The first step in reaching your goals is calling your shot and visualizing it.
5. Try to Narrow down your list of Goals
If you have a long list of goals that you want to achieve, it can be overwhelming and you may not even know where to start.
Hello, procrastination and burnout.
This can lead to frustration and eventually giving up because it feels like you’re never going to be able to accomplish everything on your list.
To prevent this from happening, narrow down your list of goals to 1-3 that you want to focus on.
You can always add more later, but for now, just pick a few that you want to really focus on so that you don’t feel like you’re all over the place.
6. Break down your long-term goals into pieces
If you have a large goal that you want to achieve, it can be helpful to break it down into smaller goals.
This will help you stay focused on your big goal because you will be able to better track your progress and feel like you are making headway.
For instance, if your goal is to save up $10,000 for a down payment on a house, you can break it down into monthly goals of saving $833 per month.
Or go one step further and make weekly goals such as saving roughly $210.
This will make your goal feel more achievable and you will be able to better track your progress.
If you have specific milestones that you have to reach, then it’s easy to stay motivated. Think of these milestones as important tasks that need to be completed to reach the big goal.
When I was training for a half marathon, I didn’t think about the 5 miles I still had to run. Instead, I would set mini-milestones such as running to the stop sign then once I got there, I would pick something else I could see to reach.
This kept me motivated because I was constantly reaching small goals and it didn’t seem like such a daunting task.
I would highly recommend using milestones if you are struggling to stay focused on your goals.
Moving the needle forward
When breaking your long-term goals into manageable pieces, you should consider what specific tasks will help you move the needle forward.
For instance, if your goal is to save up for a down payment on a house, you should be focusing on achievable tasks that will help you save money.
A good way to think of this is what can you add to your daily routine that at the end of the day will lead to significant progress over time? It will probably end up being smaller tasks that lead to the end goal.
Some examples could be setting up a budget, looking for ways to save money on groceries, or finding cheaper entertainment options.
The point is to focus on the important things that will help you get closer to your goal so that you can stay focused and motivated.
7. Have Some Kind of Accountability
Whether that is yourself or an accountable partner, make sure you have something to help keep you accountable.
Honestly having some kind of partner is the best way. It’s easy to make excuses and talk yourself out of things, but if you have someone who is holding you accountable, it will be easier to stay focused on your goals.
If you tell someone about your goal, you are calling your shot and putting some skin into the game. If you don’t want to designate a specific partner, post it on social media!
However, make sure it’s the right accountability partner. Someone that is going to call you out and give you a tough time when you aren’t working towards your goal.
8. Set Boundaries
It’s really hard to achieve your goals if you’re too busy doing everyone else’s bidding. This is why it’s important to set boundaries with the people in your life.
If you have a friend who always wants to go out to eat or drink, and this is detrimental to your goal of saving money, then it’s time to set a boundary and say no.
It’s okay to put yourself first, and in fact, it’s necessary if you want to achieve your goals.
9. Use time management strategies
and last but certainly not least, find a time management strategy that works best for you. Whether that is the Pomodoro technique, time-blocking, or batching similar tasks together.
You need to find a way to make the most of your time so that you can stay focused on your goals.
There are a million and one time management techniques out there, so find one that works for you and stick with it.
5 Ways to improve focus
As a little bonus section, I wanted to give you some tips on improving your focus. Because at some point, we all feel like we have a lack of focus and encounter those pesky distractions.
One way to not reach your goals is to procrastinate.
Procrastination is easy to do especially if you’re mind is running a million miles a minute. If you can’t focus on your task at hand, it’s going to be hard to get anything done.
Here are 5 ways you can improve your focus:
1. Stop multi-tasking
Do you know your brain literally cannot multi-task? You may be doing more than one task but you’re only truly focused on one of them at any given moment.
The next time you sit down to work on a project, turn off all distractions and give it your undivided attention.
You will get more done in less time and with fewer mistakes.
2. Limit Distractions
In order to focus on your goals, you need to limit distractions.
This means turning off your phone, putting away any other devices that will tempt you to take a break from what you’re doing, and closing any tabs on your computer that aren’t related to the task at hand.
If you are able to clear your mind, you will be able to focus more on the task at hand and not the million other things you have to think about on any given day.
There are many apps and websites that can help you get started with meditation.
4. Take Regular breaks
If you’re finding it hard to focus on a task, take a break!
Get up and go for a brisk walk, get some water, or just take a few deep breaths.
It’s important to not push yourself too hard or you will just end up feeling overwhelmed and stressed.
5. Practice Self Care
After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup. If you don’t take care of yourself physically and mentally, it’s going to be really hard to have the motivation to keep going.
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and taking time for yourself to relax.
When you take care of yourself, it’s easier to show up and be productive. One way to add self-care into your routine is to incorporate self-care Sunday!
I hope these tips help you stay focused on your goals so that you can achieve everything you’ve set out to do!
It’s important to set the right mindset in order to stay focused on your goals. This means being honest with yourself, staying accountable, and using helpful time management techniques. You also need to limit distractions and take care of yourself physically and mentally. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to reaching your goals!
Until next time,
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