Hello everyone and happy Sunday!
For this post I wanted to reflect on this past week as I feel like I have learned so much in terms of focus, setting realistic goals, achieving those realistic goals and holding myself accountable to the the goals I set myself.
For the past few weeks I have actually been actively using my beautiful 2018 planner that I got for my birthday and have been consistently making notes, check lists, to-do lists - the lot! I feel like planners are those things that we get really excited about, start up with the intention to use them throughout the year but then a few weeks or months down the line you use them less and less til eventually they are no longer part of your daily routine. Well, I am trying to make a conscious effort not to let that happen because I find that using a planner keeps me accountable for making sure that I have my life somewhat together. In the past I have used various different methods of planning, some of which have been incredibly elaborate and beautiful to look at but time-consuming and unsustainable. Over trial and error I have found that simplicity and minimalism is what works best for me and is the most sustainable and that is what my current planner offers me. Knowing what does and doesn't work for you can majorly affect the outcome of the goals that you plan for and set out to achieve.
So what do I do in my planner that helps me achieve my goals for the week?
Sundays are the days when I like to plan my week ahead so I get my planner out, put on a chilled playlist, get my pen and start planning! The first thing I write down is my workout schedule, what days I train and what days I rest, and what types of workouts I want to do on the days I train. Once those are established I then write out any important appointments or events that are happening that week. I then move over to my list of goals for the week. I've come to the point now where I realise that I always try and set myself way too many goals and never get round to achieving them by the end of the week and then feel like a bit of a failure. Learning from those experiences I now condense my list into only a handful of the top things I want to complete and achieve for that week. This gives me the opportunity to actually complete all of those things therefore at the end of the week I feel inspired and motivated to set and achieve more goals for the week ahead.
As well as writing out my goals, I also write out a list of things I want to improve/work on for that week. For example last week one of my major focuses was to reduce the amount of time spent mindlessly scrolling through social media and instead use that time to work on my goals. And you know what? I got so much more done than I thought I would because though it may only seem like a few minutes of scrolling here and there, over the course of the day that builds up and you probably end up spending the most part of an hour (or more) on social media. But being conscious of your time and making that small change could in turn give you an extra hour a day to work on your goals! Sounds great doesn't it? Well it is!
I am a big multi-tasker and seem to always have several projects on the go all at once but noticed that I was never really finishing any of them. I would put in an hour on one project and then move on to the next, put another hour there and move onto the next but nothing was getting done. I thought I was great at multi-tasking when in actual fact it was hindering my progress and I was actually being counterproductive. With that very sad realisation I decided this week to try out sticking to one project at a time and only moving on to the next project when I had completed the first one. And guess what? I have actually completed all the projects I had set myself for the week! Woo hoo!
All in all it has been a great week for achieving goals and through trial and error I have found a system that works for me at the moment which is fantastic. Find what works best for you by trying lots and lots of different methods and constantly reflect on how you can change and tweak certain things to help you actually stick to and achieve the goals you set yourself.
What are some tips, tricks and/or methods that you use to help achieve your goals? Share them in the comments as i'd love to know!
Have a lovely rest of your weekend and amazing week ahead everyone!
- Meg x