With the busy lives we lead, it’s hard to know if we’re on the right path, let alone how to stay on it if we are.
Can you really believe it’s November already? Because I certainly can’t! Before we know it, another day has come and gone, another week, another month. Heck, another year! Time is passing us by so quickly that we’re not even aware of it. As a result of this, it is so easy for us to lose track of our lives, have a sense of not ‘belonging’, and wonder what on earth we were put on this planet to do.
But trust me, this is only a temporary state. Staying on track is easy if we stay focused and in control of our lives. The power is in our minds and in our hands, to remain consistent and gravitate towards positive energy. All it takes is believing in your capability to do whatever you put your mind to. With busy schedules and hectic lives, it can be difficult to remind ourselves of what’s important, and to remain in this mindset with our work ethic and attitude; but it can be done.
Being a University student, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and lose this mindset and attitude. What with deadlines, extra-curricular events and still trying to maintain a social life, it’s easy for our minds to wander, and for one day to blend into the next one, and the next one, and so on. So, for anybody who is in the same boat as me, or a similar one at that, I’ve come up with some top tips to stay focused, in-the-know, and on top of your goals.
Have fewer, better goals.
Sometimes we get so distracted by having numerous goals flying around our heads at a time. Some are short-term, some are long-term, some are more like dreams than any form of structured goal. By having too many, it’s easy to feel defeated and ‘stuck in a rut’, because achieving one goal doesn’t make a huge impact on your feeling of success. If you shorten a number of goals you possess, maybe to only 4 or 5 short-term goals, you will feel a great sense of achievement when you do accomplish them. This reward is what makes us feel liberated!
Set targets to meet them.
I see lots and lots of people who have these wonderful goals for their lives, but they do absolutely nothing to achieve them. You aren’t going to succeed by doing absolutely nothing and not working towards anything. Setting yourself small and manageable targets for each of your goals is a great way of feeling this sense of accomplishment, and feeling like actually, you are on track, and you are moving forward.
Track your progress.
So often we are too busy looking forward, that we forget to take a moment and look at how far we have come. I’m guilty of this. I am always too hard on myself for not achieving my goals fast enough, but in reality, I have come so far from where I started that I am damn proud of myself, and so I should be! The best way to track your progress is via a bullet journal. You can choose which goals you want to work towards, and let your creative side flourish at the same time! (However, if you don’t have that creative spark, you can buy a ready-made goals journal here!)
“It’s good to have an end in mind, but in the end what counts is how you travel” – Orna Ross
Immerse yourself into your goals.
If you have a goal that you are sincerely passionate about, then you are able to completely immerse yourself into it. Every opportunity that comes up that could get you closer to your goal, grab it with both hands. Be fully and completely passionate about your achievement, and it becomes almost impossible to lose track!
Find a support network.
I won’t deny it, even when following these tips, we all have our moments where we feel like life is just out to get us! Make sure you have some form of support network for your times of need. Whether this is just feeling a little unmotivated or a full-blown meltdown, you will be surprised about the impact that a strong supportive group of people can have on you. This could be your family, close friends, mentors at University, or other people who are like-minded to yourself; anybody that is able to support you in your goals, and in your life, is perfect for helping you stay on track.
Do those things that you keep putting off.
We all have those one or two things on our to-do lists that we absolutely dread doing. Whether it’s the washing, the food shop, that essay you’ve been pretending doesn’t exist, or that meeting with your boss; the best mentality to approach it with is “just do it”. There is no better time than the present to get on with things that are holding us back. As soon as they are done, we feel instantly better and brighter, and more prepared to act on our other goals.
Re-think your circle.
This one won’t appeal to many people, but rethink your friends and social group. We soon become what we surround ourselves with. If all the people around us are unmotivated, have no ambition, and are easily distracted by life and all that comes with it, then it is likely that you will soon adopt the same mannerisms and attitude. In contrast, if you surround yourself with like-minded people, you will be more inclined to keep on track of your goals, your dreams, and your life.
Are you stuck in a rut? Maybe you’ve just come out of your little rut and you’re finally feeling productive again. I’d love to hear all about it!