There is nothing more gratifying than being able to check an item off of your to-do list. The satisfaction of knowing you’ve accomplished a goal can be one of the best feelings in life. But, how do you design a life that supports your goals? It can be a little overwhelming to figure out where to start. Fortunately, creating a goal-oriented and goal-achieving life is not as difficult as it may seem. Here’s how to do it:
Balance Professional and Personal Life
One of the first steps to creating a life that supports your goals is striking a balance between your work-life and your home-life. Everyone’s balance of work and play will look a little different, depending on their individual needs. However, it’s important to get clarity about what is most important to you. If you’re focused on climbing the corporate ladder, but spend most of your time attending to things at home, that’s a good sign that it’s time to adjust how you’re spending your time.
Limit Your Distractions
One of the biggest obstacles to accomplishing any task is getting distracted. Staying focused when there are so many other tasks to do can be a challenge, especially if you are working from home. However, if you are constantly experiencing interruptions or are frequently pulled away from the task at hand, it might be time to consider creating a space that is just for you and your goal-achieving needs.
High on the list of distractions is often technology. To reduce the temptation of social media and non-emergent messages, consider silencing notifications, or even placing your phone on Do Not Disturb for a certain period of time. This will allow you to stay in the zone and tune into what needs to get done.
Create a Supportive Space
If your home environment is in chaos, it’s likely that you will be too stressed out to ever really recharge. House Method recommends making your home a place that allows you to truly unwind by keeping up with necessary home repairs, decluttering as needed, regularly giving your home a deep clean, and designing a bedroom that supports a healthy sleep schedule. These simple changes will allow you to walk in the door and feel relieved, instead of seeing all of the unfinished tasks that are awaiting you.
Write Down What You Want
It may seem overly simple, but the act of writing down what you want makes it very real. And, as a result, if it feels real, you are more likely to believe you can achieve it. Put your goals in a visible place–either at work or at home–so you have a constant, tangible reminder of what you are striving for.
Keep Yourself Accountable
While setting goals on your own is perfectly fine, there is something very motivating about setting goals as a collective. Whether you decide to work with family, friends, or even colleagues, find a group of people who can hold you accountable. Schedule regular check-ins and share how things are progressing. It can make a world of difference to know that you’re not going it alone.
Goal setting is a popular way to create the life you want. But, it is rare to discuss creating the life you want, to achieve your goals. The truth is, without a supportive life, your goals may continue to stay out of reach. So if you are committed to making positive, sustainable changes, consider beginning with a few of the above, and prepare to take your life to the next level.
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