Being the planner girl that I am, I always enjoy setting goals and planning out how to achieve them. Simply writing down a To Do list makes me feel like I have my shit together and am productive. Sadly, planning out how to do something and really doing it are two completely different scenarios. For me, it is the actual buckling down to do the work that often gets me overwhelmed and unmotivated. But I had to admit to myself, that whether it’s weight loss, a project at work, or a DIY idea, it would never get done if I didn’t make it happen. So I developed a few habits on how to follow through on your goals and projects:
Visualize your goal
Having a reminder of your goal is great to keep you on track and help you stay focused. And besides being effective it can also be fun and decorative. A colorful sticky note may be able to remind you to drink more water, every time you open your planner. A funny picture on you fridge might make you think twice about getting the ice cream out or a motivational quote on your wall will help you follow through on your biggest dream. There are so many ways to help you remember your goal every day.
Break it down
A lot of the time a set goal or project can be overwhelming at first. So breaking it down into a few smaller tasks that need to be done can help you manage everything. Personally, I like to put little check boxes next to every task to get the satisfaction of ticking them off once they are completed.
Silence your phone
We all have had it happen. You finally managed to sit down at your desk to get some work done and right then you get text messages, people writing you on facebook or likes on your Instagram pictures. To avoid all and any distractions is very simple: Just turn your notifications off. This can simply be done by just turning your phone on silent. If you still find yourself checking Instagram and Twitter rather than doing your work, you should probably take further steps: Install a browser extension that automatically blocks distracting sites. As a Mac user, I personally love SelfControl. It’s an application on your Mac Computer, where you can create a blacklist of sites, which you don’t want to open. It then blocks access to those sites across all browsers during your work time. I know it’s hard, but the sooner you get the work out of the way, the sooner we can get to the next step.
I learned that I work better if I have something good waiting for me at the end of each task. Because of that, I developed a little reward system, where I basically allow myself a piece of candy after every accomplished task. This can be done many different ways of course. You could reward yourself with 10 Minutes of downtime on Instagram or a nice long walk for example. The important thing is, that it makes you look forward to the end of a task. Whichever way you go on that, I have found, that it makes you follow through with all of your tasks much faster.
So now that you have read about my tips on staying on top of your goals and projects, I can’t wait to hear your input on the topic. Do you have any ideas or habits that help you follow through? Let’s chat in the comments.