6 Steps To Organize and Reach Your Goals

One of the best things you can do for yourself is define your goals and get organized in order to reach them. You may already know that, but haven’t seemed to have the time or energy to really put this into action.

I get it.  I really do.

But if you want become more efficient in a certain area of your life, you must become organized.

Something that may be holding you back is not knowing where to start.  You also might not have truly defined what aspect of your life you need to organize to get to the next level.

But no worries!

I’ve created a plan for how you can get the ball rolling and finally start making progress.

1. List it.

Make a list of things you’d like to do or are already doing but have trouble staying consistent with. This could include

  • Getting and staying in shape
  • Cleaning up your diet
  • Taking care of your mental health.

Anything under the sun could be included but these are just examples to help you start brainstorming.

2. Determine your weaknesses

Now that you’ve got your desires out of the way, it’s time to think about your weaknesses regarding this aspect of your life.

We all have them.

My weakness is Netflix.   Your weakness may be issues with commitment, or just plain fear.

Since you know yourself better than anybody, it’s up to you to think about what kept you off track in the past, or what may be an obstacle in the future. Take responsibility and address these things with some simple questions.

  • What tactics can you put in place to prevent your weaknesses from getting the best of you from now on?
  • How can you prepare yourself for inevitable moments of weakness?

Here’s an example for you.  I don’t watch Netflix on weekdays.  It’s as simple as that.  I designate a day of the weekend or the month that I can watch shows to my heart’s content.

But on weekdays, I just don’t go there.

It was a problem in the past and affected my productivity so now I keep it off of my radar during the times I have to work.  If I want to take a short break, I do other things like watch travel vlogs or read a book.  These aren’t addicting for me and they provide periodic relief.

You need to be realistic about conflicting temptations you can and can’t say no to.  When you figure those out, plan ahead to minimize and work around them.

3. Break goals down

This is a big one.  You have to break things down into chunks to make them measurable. You can’t just say
“I want to work out more” and leave it at that.

That would be nice though.

But what you need to do is see what you can do to make these goals as measurable as possible.  It’s all part of the process.  If you say you want to be able to do 50 push-ups instead, you’ll be on the right track.   Similar examples would be

  • “I want to be able to run a mile”
  • “I want to lose 5 pounds”
  • “I want to be able to lift X amount of weight”

You get the picture.  What I like to do is have a long term goal, then define what the short term goals are that will get me to that long term goal!

4. Get a strategy

This will probably take the most time.  You may even need to do some research.  But it’s the most important step because it is essentially your road map from point A to point B.

If you want to eat healthier, you need to find out what to actually eat.  If you want to run half marathons,  you need to figure out how to train.

Strategy is everything.

You probably already know what you have to do, it’s just a matter of sitting down and organizing those ideas in a way that makes sense and then doing it.

Which brings me to my next point.

5.  Create a weekly schedule

This is the best thing that works for me.  In fact, it’s the only thing.  I am much less overwhelmed when I know what to expect and stay ahead of the game.

You can plan out which days of the week you’ll use to focus on a certain aspect of your goal, times of the day you need to do tasks and how to incorporate them with ease into your current schedule, so the work isn’t so overwhelming.

I suggest using a decent sized planner with a nice calendar in it.

6. Reward yourself!

This is big too.  No matter how simple you make things, it still takes effort and discipline to take action.  So you should be proud of yourself for sticking to a schedule over a specified period of time.

Reward yourself at the end of each week or month. That’ll give you something to look forward to while you’re waiting on results from your efforts and will become positive reinforcement to keep going.

Keying in nips dabbling and lack of direction in the bud.

And that’s exactly what you want to do.  It’s so hard to get anywhere if you aren’t as specific with your intentions as possible.

Now, it’s up to you to figure out what you want to change and implement it into your schedule.

I can’t promise that you won’t feel tired or overwhelmed at times, but I guarantee that if you use this strategy, you’ll feel proud of yourself and see results.

So what do you want to accomplish in the next few months? What will you need to do to get there?

 

8 Key Things I will Do The Next Time I Travel

In February of this year, I decided to go on a solo trip to Miami Beach.

I needed to get away even if it would only be for a couple of days. The trip was much needed and I came back home feeling refreshed and energized.

Looking back though, there are quite a few things that could have been done differently to get more out of the trip and make it an even richer experience.  Here are some things I will do when I travel to new places in the future, including Miami Beach.

Read an online travel guide

With all of the travel blogs out there filled with information on what to do in certain locations, there’s no reason to sit around wondering what the next move is.

I’m not sure why this didn’t cross my mind earlier.

But now that I’ve read some great guides, I will start using them to my advantage.  That way, instead of spending a bunch of time trying to put together an itinerary, I can relax more.

Learn the public transportation system

I still have yet to master any kind of bus, subway or tram system. I’m that person who has used taxis just to avoid it. Since I’m directionally challenged, learning these schedules and stops can be a huge hurdle.

I do know that I will never learn if I don’t try though.

The downside to taking taxis and Ubers everywhere is that it eats away at my travel money and therefore limits where I can go.  In addition, walking everywhere is an option because it’s free but it also limits where I can go.  I can only walk so far.

I arrived in Miami at night so I did feel more comfortable taking the taxi to my hostel. But I still could’ve figured out the bus system in the day time and saw more. It wouldn’t have mattered so much if I got lost then.

The next go round, I will learn the bus system and have a lot more to do since I’ll be able to get into the city center quickly and cheaply.

Go on morning runs

While traveling, it’s easy to allow healthy routines to go out the window. For me, this will be no more.

I find that when I do run in the morning, I just feel better during the day. It’s also a great method for burning off all the delicious (but fattening) food that will inevitably be consumed.

Traveling requires a lot of energy so it’s a good idea to stay in shape anyways.

Take a walking tour

This would have been a great way to learn my way around the city and be more comfortable with using the public transportation system.

During walking tours, certain landmarks, bus stops and different places to go later on can be noted and it’s a good way to interact with other travelers.

Participate in a local activity

With sites like Meetup, it’s easier than ever to find an activity to join in any sizable city.  On top of that, things like cooking classes, yoga classes, pottery classes and much more can be found.

Activities on Couchsurf can also be found. Apart from the opportunity to stay with a local, it hosts meetups with locals and other travelers.

Engaging in these types of activities is a great way to feel like part of a place.

Branch out and speak to other travelers

I stayed at Rock Hostel in Miami Beach and there were several people there from different countries. They also hosted group activities. Since I hadn’t been in that type of setting in a while, I was out of practice when it came to social interaction with strangers and I was pretty standoffish to most people.

It’s amazing really.

People just walked up to me and started conversations out of the blue.

This random Swiss guy on the elevator started a conversation by asking me where I was from. This Australian girl in my dorm invited me on a day trip to Florida Keys.  Another girl (I don’t know where she was from) insisted I join her on a shopping trip.

I came across several other friendly travelers.

As an introvert, I was worried about getting enough “me” time. But sometimes I overestimate how much of it I actually need.

When I look back on my travels in Sweden, the one thing that makes me want to do it all over again is remembering how it felt to make memories with people I had just met from all over the world.

Therefore, no matter how uncomfortable I may feel at first, I will make it a priority to interact with others.

Be spontaneous

This is a big one since I am a planner. But when I think about it, I notice that my favorite memories are the ones where things were done on a whim.  Like pulling off the highway to stargaze, or going to get kebabs in the middle of the night.

Rather than being uptight with my schedule, if someone invites me to do something I will say yes from now on (within reason). Or if I discover another thing that looks cooler than what I already have planned, I’ll do that instead.

Keep a travel journal

It’s amazing how quickly even the most remarkable memories fade. My trip was only four months ago and some things are already fuzzy.

Journaling about travel experiences is a great way to keep up with experiences. I will definitely write in my travel journal during each new trip I take.

I can’t wait to do things differently next time

I will without a doubt be going back to Miami.  There are many things I will do the same way like get lost in my kindle at a coffee shop, hit the boardwalk and watch the sunset at South Beach.

But I will also incorporate these new things to make my next trip even better and get the most out of this great location and others.