Saturday, 5 September 2015

5 Tips to Accomplish Your Goals

School is starting again and this year, once again, I'm joining the rest of society and going back to uni. It is always incredibly nerve-wracking, starting a new school year. Which is odd, considering how easy it was to ease from winter semester to summer semester. But, well, I guess it's always that feeling of starting something new and that scares me almost always. This year, it's happening again - a lot later than it should, no less. It's constantly terrifying. I'm trying so hard not to get my fear get to me and to focus on my goals. But, as you well know - if you ever have goals, that is easier said than done. That's why today, instead of worrying about things that may or may not happen, I'm just going to share with you some of my sure-fire methods in accomplishing goals.

Sometimes we want to do all these amazing things but we don't know where to start. Then we spend time listing all these things in our head until it becomes a jumble of wishes that makes no sense. Before we know it, it all becomes way too overwhelming and the day was over before we could even start. To prevent this, remember to always ALWAYS write down the things you want and need to do. Just start out by writing them from memory, in random order. After you've got them all on paper, determine which ones are most demanding, which are more pressing and which are the lightest. Once you've got your priorities straighten out, tackling them won't be as hard.

Several months ago, A Beautiful Mess posted about their three favourite ways to motivate themselves and get things done. It wasn't until then that it dawned on me that different people have different methods on how to finish their tasks. Personally, I'm a to-do list kind of gal and it's always proved to be very effective in helping me accomplish my goals. It makes tasks and errands quite fun. But that might not be what you like, so find out what your best method is. It can be rewards or group activities or even something we haven't thought of. Just try things out and see which is most effective for you. You still have a lifetime of goal-accomplishing to do so don't worry.

Despite the previous tip, sometimes you just feel out of it and too unmotivated to get on with things. Let's call it being selfish. We can, however, channel this selfishness into actually getting the job done. Here's how: think of your future self. No, I don't mean a what-will-you-be-like-in-ten-years thing. I mean, think of how big the task will be if you keep putting it off and letting it pile on. My stepmother keeps saying, "Whether you do it now or later, it'll still be your duty." So why not do it now, while you have the chance? Who knows what the future holds, right? What if in the immediate future, you're twice as exhausted with twice as many tasks? So do it now! You'll thank yourself later.

Everyone who's ever had success will tell you: "There is nothing like discipline." If there is something you take away from this post, I hope it's this tip: manage your time well. This means, you need to set a schedule. What time will you start work? What time will you have break? How much work should you get done before then? Etc. etc. If you work in an office, these schedules will most likely be set for you. But, outside of the office, you should know how to manage your own time for anything else that you need to get done. If you're working from home, this is pretty much a 24/7 necessity for you. Discipline helps you accomplish your goals more effectively and let you achieve more.

Many people tend to mistake this part. Don't be fooled! Taking a break is just as important as tackling your tasks and duties. There have been numbers of cases of people literally passing away because they overworked themselves and not giving their body, brain and heart the break they need. So, when you're doing tip #4 up there, schedule some breaks for yourself too. It can start from small breaks (i.e. lunch breaks, coffee breaks, etc.), medium breaks (i.e. an off-duty time, night sleep, nap) to actual big breaks (i.e. weekends, vacations, etc.). Just remember to still be strict with yourself and not get carried away by your breaks. Go back to work as soon as you're feeling much rested and rejuvenated. Balance in life is the most important thing.

These are all the tips that I have to share. As usual, if you guys have any more you'd like to add, I would love to hear them. Leave them in the comments down below and I'll read them - promise! I hope this has helped some - if not all - of you and let me know if you have any questions. Let's start afresh this autumn and hope you'll all have a terrific weekend!

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