Setting goals feels fun. It feels hopeful. But keeping on track towards your goals can be a lot of hard work! And it can be easy to lose momentum.
There are practices & resources that you can use to sustain yourself as you work towards your goals. It still requires hard work, but you can do it!
- Too many goals damage your focus because you're spread too thin
- Set three main goals for the day. That's it.
- Here is a good goal-setting article that is focused on fitness, but I think it applies to all goals: To Achieve Your Goals Stop Setting So Many Goals
- When you have a long list of goals, you tend to pick the easiest one
- Different people work different ways, but for me I need to focus on the big tasks early in the day (when I have the most energy).
- Achieving goals often requires breaking old habits
- What is taking away from your focus? Check last week's Scope Notes for Technology Hacks to Find Your Focus
- This often means also cultivating and nourishing new habits.
- The most important habit to break: negative self-talk. "The Tyranny of the Shoulds"
- Focus on what you're doing, rather than what you feel like you should be doing.
- Commit to your goal in writing
- You don't have to make this public–it could just be for you. But write it down.
- Put it somewhere you will see it often.