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?