“6 months from now you can be in a completely different space, mentally, spiritually and financially. Keep working and believing in yourself.“
– Amarachi Nwosu
If you’re anything like me, you probably also feel like this year just flew by so quickly! We’re already halfway into the year and 2020 is heading pretty fast towards our doorsteps, (as are unwanted family members for Christmas dinner – bleh). However, that doesn’t mean there still isn’t plenty of time left to achieve your goals for this year.
When it comes to achieving those new year resolutions, we so optimistically set out to achieve so many great things at the beginning of the year, that we tend to undermine the little day to day factors in our lives which are able to cause setbacks for us in the long run. Unfortunately, some things can’t be avoided and we have to account for them, so there’s no point in beating yourself up about the wasted time you’ve lost out on. Instead, focus on the time you actually do have left and see it as an opportunity instead of a challenge.
There is still a whole six more months to go, and July is always an amazing month to grab onto the productivity wheel and restart the year!
1. Reflect On Your Time
Reflect on the past six months and notice where your time has gone. This may not even be a bad thing, you’ve probably had your time spent being productive on other things that require your attention, which you’re unable to avoid. For example, this could be something like college or your job, whatever it is, just notice how much time you’re spending on these things. Go through your daily routine, see where you feel you’ve been wasting time and where you need to focus it and just become aware of these little patterns in your routine that stop you from allocating more time to the tasks you want to do, to achieve your goals. Don’t feel guilty or use this as an excuse to waste your time, instead just become aware of it and use it as a tool to reschedule your life and make time for your goals.
2. Revise Your Goals
What are your non-negotiables, what is there still time to do and what can be moved to next year? In answering these questions you’re able to also give yourself more time and clarity on getting things done this year. We almost always have goals that we just write onto the bucket list for the year, that are able to be moved to a different time slot. Consider what goals your adding onto your list that you know can be moved to a different time that’s more convenient.
3. Be Real With Yourself
In saying that, you need to be realistic with your goals. I understand that we live in an age where we want things now and believe we can have them immediately. It’s hard to say “no” to achieving a goal sometimes, and scratching it off the list, because it might feel like you’re being a total loser to yourself. However, the stubbornness of keeping it on your bucket list when you know you can’t possibly achieve it right now, will only bite you in the end. It’s worse to keep a goal on the list, not get it done in the time frame you imagined, and then lose all motivation for it in the end because you feel defeated. So be real with yourself and do what you know you can get done. That also goes for just being plain down lazy with your time. When you know for a fact that if you spent time working on a goal, you can for sure achieve it in a couple of months, but instead you make excuses. Whatever your goals are and whatever your situation is, be realistic with yourself.
4. Get Clear On The Steps
Once you’ve determined your goals, you need to get clear on the steps you will take to achieve them. Most people make the mistake of only doing this step by looking at the long run of things and forget about what’s in between. Ask yourself what steps you are going to be taken daily, to get one step closer to your goals. What goals will you work on on a Monday? What goals will you work on for the weekend? What sacrifices will you make to achieve them? For example, quitting TV during weekdays to stay focused. Ask yourself what exactly you need to do in order to achieve your goals and how you will achieve them.
5. Do Things In 3’s
Give yourself 3 weeks, months or even years instead of just limiting yourself to one. We’re so used to this idea that the new year hype brings us of getting things done in just one year. Sometimes a year just isn’t enough time to get bigger things done, so try doing things in three’s instead.
6. Setup a schedule and stick to it
Set up a schedule each weekend for the week ahead by laying down all your tasks onto a big page and then selecting which ones you will tackle on whichever specific day. Each night, revise your schedule by the hour to plan your day ahead and stick to it, so you don’t stray away from working on tasks that allow you to reach your goal. Try to get the important things done first thing in the morning or whichever time best suits you where you know you can avoid distractions and get things done.
7. Track Your Progress
Results will take time but little results are always little wins that can motivate you to see the end result. Keep a chart or book or something where you can track your results to motivate you to get to the end result and visualise the big picture.
8. Focus In On Yourself
Stop worrying about what others are achieving and focus in on yourself. Stop going on social media and checking up on how great others lives are and doubting your own. Try staying off of social media and remember that everyone just highlights the best moments of their lives, just like you do.
9. Stop Wasting Time
The more you waste time on the things that don’t serve you, the further away you are from reaching your goals. Going out every other day with friends, watching too much Netflix, binge eating because you’re bored or even sleeping away your day and avoiding the actual tasks you need to do are all a part of you wasting time. Stick to your schedule and keep reminding yourself to just ‘start.’ Set a timer for 20 minutes to stick at sitting down and starting your work. By the end of the 20 minutes you’ll be into the flow of your work that you barely even notice the time is up. Go into those 20 minutes with the intention of focusing on the task at hand to make the process more effective.
10. Stop Fantasizing Sleep
When it comes to sleep, we’re always hearing about how we should be getting 8 hours a day. However, the most successful people in the world like Elon Musk only get 6 hours of sleep a night and perform great throughout the day. Sometimes you just need to sacrifice those few hours of sleep to get things done. Get out of the idea that you’re going to always get enough sleep each night and sacrifice the time towards achieving your goals. These few hours may be a sacrifice but, it’s one much worth it in the long run.
If you enjoyed this post and have any other tips or tricks you’d like to share then comment down below and let’s start a conversation on how we can all achieve our goals!
Alana – Mae M.
I really loved this article! It is so motivational, I will give my best to really work hard on my…
Super helpful! I always feel like I’m wasting time by not doing anything haha so this really helps! I also…
This was really helpful and great advice, keep making articles! 🙂
I am so glad that we finally did it! 😙🌹
Yaaas gurl 👏👏👏 Rule #3: Talk less about your dreams, work more on them instead.