Staying Focused on your Resolutions and Goals
Recently, we’ve written a blog about resolutions and adopting new habits. People can forget them or lose focus. Many procrastinate and justify their delay with what they promised for the new year.
Now, we’re sharing tips to keep you focused. Adopting these will help you stay on track. Here they are:
1. First, go over each and check for the following attributes.
- Specific. If you want to lose weight, by how many pounds?
- Attainable. Is it achievable? For example: Lose 20 lbs in one year.
- Relevance. Will your resolution make you better? For instance: Is losing 20 pounds healthy for you? You should consult a doctor to know your ideal weight.
Rewrite your resolutions if these are missing the above.
2. Place reminders where you can see them.
It’s easy to become distracted at home and work. Before you know it, you forget what you planned to do to achieve your goals. Successful people have reminders all around them. Some are direct, like post-it notes, while others are subtle, like a small round sticker on a watch’s strap.
Others use technology like their smartphones. What’s important is to create reminders that will work for you.
3. Write a to-do list before sleeping at night.
Every person doing this will swear that they accomplish more than they have without one. A list reminds you of what tasks are important or urgent. Don’t forget to put a checkmark by a finished task on your list.
You’ll always feel great and proud of yourself.
4. Attend to one task at a time.
Machines are the only true multitaskers. Sure, you can cook a meal and talk on the phone simultaneously. But it’s different when you try to accomplish focus-intensive work. Quality will suffer when you work on two or more tasks simultaneously. You become inefficient, less productive and end up spending more time.
5. Find an accountability partner.
This person could be anybody who can check on you regularly. You don’t have to see them in person. A call or text message will be okay. Studies show that when people are accountable to others, they feel obligated to act and keep their eyes on their goals.
6. Pause to relax.
Can’t figure out that problem at work? Take deep breaths or short walks, especially when you’re stressed. These are good for the mind and body. You’ll feel recharged when you return to your tasks.