Number 2 in my 5 part series on Creating and Attaining Goals.
When you set a new goal, you have to make room for it. Most people find that they have to change their priorities to reach their goal. If the new goal is important to you and you’re committed to achieving it, then this step is crucial to your success.
What Can You Give Up?
Figure out what you can give up when trying to fit a new goal into your busy life. Look for leisure activities. Do you watch three hours of Netflix every night? Try cutting the three hours back to one hour of Netflix time so you can use the remaining two to work on your newest goal. Try it for a week and see how you feel. What about games you play on your iPad in the afternoon or the time you spend on Facebook? Can you use that time to focus on your goal instead?
If you have trouble finding time for your goal, install a time tracker on your laptop or tablet. At the end of your day, many time tracking apps will give you a summary of how you spent your time. This is a way to discover where you spend your time. It might surprise you and show you pockets of time that would be better spent working towards your goal.
What Can You Put on the Back Burner?
Another way to find time for your goal is to make a list of projects to put on the back burner while you work on one goal. You can put this list aside and leave a note on your calendar to review these projects later. Writing them down will help your brain release those things from your mind.
What’s in Conflict?
Many people fail to reach their goals because they have conflicting goals. These conflicting goals are sneaky, and it can be hard to spot them. For example, your goal may be to spend more time with your kids in the evening. Now if you set another goal to go back to college to finish your degree in the evenings, you’ve created two goals that are in conflict with each other.
When it comes to goals in conflict, you don’t have to choose one or the other. Instead, look for solutions that allow you to bring your goals into harmony. Using the above example, you could instead decide to go back to college during the day, while you’re children are in school. However, you would also have to plan time for homework and chores, so you’re free to spend time with the kids at night. Or, you can plan your homework while they do their homework. Doing homework as a family also sets a great example for the children. Get creative to make it work.
Making room for your goals isn’t always easy, but it is necessary for your success. Remember that if you don’t follow through with your goals, nothing will change.
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Blessings and Peace,
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