Creating incredible goals is one thing but staying focused on them is another.
You ever create a goal and think wow I can’t wait to complete it, then you get sidetracked, you lose motivation and the goal is but a distant memory?
Girl… it’s happened more than once and it’s so frustrating! Throughout my self-care journey, I have set countless goals and I have finally managed to stick to them with these hacks. I decided to create this post to share the 12 best ways you can stay focused on your goals.
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12 ways to stay focused on your goals
I started goal setting from a really young age. I would write out my goals on my post-it notes and stick them to my notice board around the age of seven. I have been goal obsessed, so lucky for you, I have picked up some hacks along the way.
These hacks are also great for staying focused and motivated in life as well as staying focused on your goals.
Create smart and realistic goals
Let’s state the obvious. If you’re creating unrealistic goals and then getting down because you don’t reach them within the month… it’s not about the effort you’re putting in, your goals are just too unrealistic.
I also want to note, I’m not saying any goal is too big, but give yourself the appropriate time frame to complete the goal.
If you’re setting a goal for how many blog posts you want to write each week. Say your blog part-time but you set a goal to release one blog every single day.
Is that goal realistic?
I mean it sounds amazing, but with your current situation – blogging part-time – it’s not doable.
A more realistic goal would be to release one blog post per week, once you are able to build the routine you can build on your goal.
Be honest with yourself, your schedule and your abilities. I know myself, I know I can write one really good blog post a week, but I want to push myself so I will now be striving for two a week. BUT I am building on my goal because I have been reaching one post a week for months.
Write out your goals
This is a great tactic for visualising your goals.
Write out exactly what your goal is. Be specific with the detail, this will also help you visualise how you would feel if you completed the goal.
A vague goal would be, I want to be an influencer.
Let’s dig a little deeper, what kind of influencer do you want to be? Fashion, beauty, mental health? What platforms do you want to dominate? At what point would you consider yourself an influencer? When you reach a certain number of followers, engagement?
Ask yourself the questions and get deep. Write out exactly what you want.
Review your goals every day
I’m not asking you to spend hours reading over your goals, but take ten minutes each day to read over your goals is a great way to stay focused on your goals.
This is a great motivation tactic for focusing on your goals because it serves as a little reminder as to why you are working so hard.
I have a folder in my notes where I save my daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. I review these every day and update any new goals that I have or some I have completed.
You can also use a goal planner to keep track of your goals.
Create a vision board that you will see each day
This again is another great tactic for visualising your goals and serves as a form of motivation for focusing on your goals.
Be specific! You can include words, picture, figures – it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone but you.
I created my vision board on Canva and set it as my background on my phone and laptop. That way I am constantly staring at my dreams. My vision board includes places I want to visit, items of clothes that I really want, the money I want to make, happiness quotes and so much more.
You can also create a paper version of a vision board, print off materials and use magazines!
Manage your time effectively – you can use a planner to do this
Being organised is another key ingredient to success. I cannot put into WORDS how much easier it is to track my life and goals now that I use a planner.
I didn’t realise how bad my memory was until I relied on my diary. I use my diary for everything. I write down every single task I have to complete each day for blogging, manifesting, gratitude and self-care.
If I complete anything extra, I also add that in case I forget that I have already done it. Crazy I know.
Manage your time correctly. If you need three hours to get your studies done, but you only allocate one hour… then get annoyed that your studies are not finished, you’re not managing your time correctly.
Set out the right amount of time for each task you have to complete. If you need more time, that’s cool, just schedule it in.
Create stepping stones
Having big goals is great, but it can be easy to lose motivation if the goal takes a year or more to complete.
Create smaller stepping stones.
If your goal is to save £20,000, but you’re only able to put away £100 a month, your goal, is of course, doable, but it’s going to take some time.
Why not set goalposts for every £500, this will keep you motivated and remind you that you are one step closer to completing the end goal.
You can also view it like, you only have 7 mini stepping stones left before you complete your main goal.
Create a step by step plan – let’s get in detail
In order to complete your goals, of course, you have to be organised. The best way to get organised is by creating a detailed step by step plan for how you are going to complete your goal.
I always start with a spider diagram and write out everything involved in my goal, if it factors in other people, time scales, equipment that I need. Basically, empty your thoughts onto the page.
Then using a planner, you can organise the information into an action plan.
This can also be great for motivation as you can tick each step off as you go.
Say no to procrastination
GIRL… this is the one that gets me all the time.
I will literally sit in my room and think okay… just ten more minutes watching Tik Tok then I’ll make dinner, then I’ll work on that post… bang, it’s been two hours and I have done nothing.
This is something I am really trying to work on. Tips that help me are: turning off my phone – I can also set mine to focus time when I need to get stuff done. You can also ask someone else to help and guide you, along with rewarding your self for completing the task.
Don’t beat yourself up about procrastinating in the past, it happens, but let’s focus on the future.
I will keep this brief, but manifesting is a great way to stay focused on your goals. Creating a clear image in your head of what you want (your goal) and think about how you would feel if you completed the goal.
Here’s the crazy part, start acting and thinking as if you’ve already completed the goal. Live like you have just completed the goal that you always wanted to, feel good huh?
Keep that positive feeling with you and it will motivate you to finish your goals.
You can do this by writing it out, speaking about it, thinking about it and also drawing it. The point of manifesting is to imagine, create and manifest exactly what you want.
Stop trying to multi-task
I know how tempting it may seem, but don’t try and multitask.
Stick to one thing at a time and dedicate all your time to it.
If you are into blogging, don’t write a blog post for ten minutes then move onto social media, then back to blog writing. Set a good amount of time for each task and allow yourself time to complete that task.
I always find it makes me feel less stressed and I don’t get as overwhelmed with information.
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Open up and speak to others with similar goals
A great motivation hack is speaking to others who have similar goals or who have completed similar goals. You can do this by joining Facebook groups, following similar accounts on Instagram and Twitter.
Others can help provide motivation on the days you aren’t feeling it. Believe me, everyone has those days.
It can also help see others complete the goal. They can provide advice and teach you the things they have learned throughout their journey.
Keep a diary
Document everything. Literally, all the struggles and the highs, document it all.
For a few reasons:
- Reflecting back over how far you’ve come, if you think about giving up, look back at everything you have achieved.
- Using the information to help others. If others are struggling at a previous stage, you can look back and help them with things that helped you.
- Rewarding yourself. Once you have completed your goal, you can look back at all the hurdles you managed to get over and the reward that came out of it.
Conclusion – 12 ways to stay focused on your goals
I love creating goals, but getting sidetracked and losing motivation is normal, but it’s your job to gain motivation back because I can promise you the end goal is worth it.
These 12 ways to stay focused on your goals are methods that I personally use, if you have any more, drop them in the comments, I would love to hear them.