Happy Tuesday, ladies. I’ve been thinking a lot today about goal setting and some of the things that people do to motivate/trick/inspire themselves to get stuff done, whether it be for small tasks (tidying up the house), or big projects (figuring out what to do as a career).
Few things are as empowering as a sense of accomplishment, but a lot has to happen between setting and achieving a goal. Sometimes it can be overwhelming.
Like plants, goals thrive when they’re tended to and cared for, so let’s pay some attention to our goals today. Here are seven things that may help.
1. Mind map it!
Does your brain ever feels like it’s bursting at the seams? Like you have just too many things to think about? To organize my thoughts, I use a brainstorming technique called mind mapping.
A mind map from last Saturday!
They’re a fun way to quickly dump ideas on paper, getting them out of your head.
I feel like once I get ideas down on paper (or up on the screen), they seem easier to process and sort.
Are you ready?
- Grab a sheet of paper
- Near the center of the page, jot down a few of your goals and/or ideas
- Add branches of related information to each idea
- Allow your mind to wander, and continue to add more related branches until it feels like you’re done
When I’m finished with a map, I usually feel better about things, like I’m one big step closer to achieving my goals.
2. Build momentum
With your mind map in hand, it’s time to prioritize.
I’ll ask myself…
- What are my goals/tasks?
- Which ones are urgent?
- Which ones can I do right now?
To get the ball rolling (aka to build momentum), I’ll start with the easiest tasks. Crossing some of them off my list makes the more complicated ones feel a lot easier.
3. Set three goals a day
Big goals are essentially just batches of little tasks all strung together, right? First thing in the morning, I like to write down three things (just three) that I want to achieve that day. I put them on a Post-It stuck someplace visible, like at the bottom of my computer screen.
Limiting the list to three items keeps me from losing my sh*t, and the Post-It serves as a constant reminder throughout the day.
4. Write things down
Writing or typing things down throughout the day (or at the end of the day before bed) gets them out of my head and lets me see what I’ve accomplished. I like to keep a running tally of completed tasks, and I just add to it every day.
Seeing the list grow, even if it’s very slowly over time, helps me stay motivated.
5. Don’t beat yourself up
Okay, steel yourself for some zen master hippie cheese (a little never hurts!), but I think a big part of reaching any goal — I’d guess about 50% — is believing deep down in the marrow of your bones that you can get there.
Doubt is a path to failure (pardon the Yoda moment). You MUST be both your own cheerleader and your biggest advocate.
I have to come clean here because this is something I struggle with every day… It was a lot easier when I was in my 20s, back when I felt invincible and had confidence oozing from my pores!
Being knocked around by life has eroded some of my confidence, so I have to work on this one every day.
6. Get a theme song!
On rough days, I play it loud and sing at the top of my lungs until I feel more like myself again. Yes, I’m 100% serious. It totally helps (here’s mine!).
7. Reward yourself
Of course, achievement is a reward unto itself, but a little bribery never hurts.
I like to reward myself for passing milestones, and it doesn’t have to be with something extravagant. It might be makeup, a few uninterrupted hours of television or maybe a trip to my favorite restaurant. Even a small treat can be a big help.
That’s all for now! I hope you found this useful.
If you have any surefire goal setting tips or tricks, I’d love to hear about them, so let me know in the comments.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,