7 Ways to Keep Your Mind Focused On a Goal
Feeling like you’ve been drifting away from reaching that goal you have set for yourself lately? Sometimes with life and work throwing obstacles at you, some right after the other, you start to feel as though your goals are just not within reach anymore. Whether it be a short term or long term goal you have in mind, I understand that we all need a little push to keep going. So instead of cracking, I’ve created a list of tips to help you bounce right back on track so that you can knock one more success off your list!
1. Remember why you started.
That goal would’ve never existed if you didn’t have a reason for it to begin with. Somewhere along your journey, you acknowledged that you had a destination to get to, to better yourself or your brand. Always keeping this reason as the main focal point will help block out any doubtful thoughts that may arise when it starts to become tough. It’s so cliché for me to say this, but here I go: When the going gets tough, the tough get going!. Find that reason to help you stay strong so that you can power through those daily hurdles in life.
2. Create a task list.
One firm statement I stand strong on is: If you’ve got a goal but no ‘to do’ list, you will lose track. Keeping a task list allows you to look at things from a distance. You’ll be able to break goals down into smaller portions until you’ve finally reached the end of the line. Not to mention how amazing it feels to see yourself cross out all those smaller tasks that are gradually reaching up to your goal. It’s the best visual to make you realize you’ve made it this far, so why stop now?
3. Plan your days accordingly.
Ok, so you’ve created your To Do list, now what? Time to execute, but of course not all at once. If you are a full-time student or employee, chances are you have limited time slots around your schedule to utilize for any outside pursuits. Even someone who stays at home can struggle with managing their time. It’s very important to have the ability to prioritize tasks and to be mindful of how much time is being spent on each one. You’ve heard of the saying “Beyoncé has the same 24 hours”? Everyone has the same exact time as the most successful person on earth – it really comes down to how you take advantage of it. Using it wisely is key. Stray away from sticking to a mundane routine that you personally know isn’t allowing you to get things done. Work-home-sleep, repeat. Stop it. Try a new challenge like waking up 2 hours earlier than your normal time to knock off your most important tasks so that you don’t have the excuse of being too tired from work.
4. Limit social time.
For the most part, many of us have a healthy social life. I would hope so. And having friends around is always great because you get to share new stories, get a dose of laughter, and clear your mind for a moment. Sometimes our friends are our biggest supporters and we just love to have them right beside us all the time. I’m not saying to cut these people out of your life but, being aware that the time you spend with them should be minimized to what works for your current schedule, should be considered. Limit how much time you spend going out, talking on the phone, and even texting. These small things can suck up so much time and you wont even notice. Your real friends will understand if you have to leave the crew earlier or just can’t make it at all. Social media accounts, in my opinion, are the silent thieves of time. One minute you’re checking a notification and 2 hours later, you’ve already seen which celebrities have hooked up, to even watching that baby otter swim in someone’s bathtub. Don’t fall victim to social media time theft! Allocate certain times during the day to entertain yourself with these accounts.
5. Hold yourself accountable.
The joys of adulting include not having to be told what to do with our lives. We have the power to pick and choose what career we want, what to buy, and what to spend our time on. Our reins no longer get pulled back – let freedom ring! With all this newfound glory of being the one in charge, you start to become lazy. Deadlines are being ignored, bills are now postponed, and home is looking like a wreck. It’s time to start checking yourself. Holding yourself accountable for your actions is a challenging thing you could ever do. This is where self-discipline and self-love come into play. You must reprimand yourself when you become aware of the fact that you are slacking. And yes, self-love gives you that extra push knowing you care about you and the new person you are trying to become.
6. Give yourself daily affirmations.
Transitioning from the previous tip, you want to keep yourself in line but it doesn’t have to be harsh. Giving yourself daily affirmations like, “I’ve got this” and “I can do it” uplifts you during the tough times. Who says little kids are the only ones who deserve “wow!” and “good job” after each accomplishment? Nurturing our inner child is crucial in setting goals for ourselves especially during those moments when we beat ourselves up for not finishing an important task on time. Give yourself credit for what you have done.
7. Say it out loud.
Lastly, be proud of what you are trying to accomplish and tell the whole world about it! Informing your family and friends, followers on social media, and networking lets everyone know you are up to something. This is a great way to hold yourself accountable because who loves a talker more than a doer? Not I. Not only does it add the pressure of having to finish your goal, but you also get to rub it in the faces of the ones who do not think you have what it takes. So go on and share with everyone what you have in store and let the bragging rights begin!