How to Achieve your Goals When Going Gets Tough

Here are 6 tips to help you become more productive and achieve your goals and dreams.

A push board helps to achieve your goals by noting goals and putting them up on the board

Do you make regular to-do lists? 

Do write your daily, weekly, monthly or yearly goals down? 

How often do you revisit that list? 

I am pretty sure we all are aware that goal orientation is a good skill to have but we probably fail to realise how critical goal setting can be to move through life in an organised and confident manner.

Goal setting is a very important personal skill that helps you achieve your goals and be motivated and attain satisfaction. The recipe of success lies in setting goals, reviewing your progress and revising your work strategies. By the looks of it, target orientation sounds like a difficult life skill to adopt but here are 6 simple strategies to help you make goal orientation a part and parcel of your life.

1. Break it down

Long term goals can seem pretty overwhelming, and might even kill your motivation to even begin such a task. A simple strategy to prevent that is to break down the task into manageable, bite-sized portions. Recognize the tasks that need your attention and then segregate them into smaller, simpler tasks that will take small chunks of time to make sure that you don’t lose motivation because you feel that the task is so huge that it might take a lot of time and effort so might as well skip it.

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2. Plan your time

We all have found ourselves in a situation where it feels like there is so much to do and not enough time.  We have all been there and we know we find ourselves in such a situation because we could not manage our time properly. Time management is one of the most important skills to be goal oriented. Plan things beforehand, keep only a few tasks to focus on and also how much time do you need to ideally invest to achieve your goals. Determine what tasks are entirely critical to your plan and prioritizing those as opposed to a task that can be done on a later time. Here’s some simple things you can do:

  • Avoid multitasking as it can reduce efficiency, since your brain is processing several tasks at the same time. Here’s an article to explain why.
  • Schedule your tasks
  • Summarize tasks at the end of each day
  • Prioritize – try to use Eisenhower Matrix

3. Write your goals down 

‘Out of sight means out of mind’- just making a mental note of your goals might mean that you forget about them. Writing your goals down helps you not only remember them but also manifest them and commit to them. It shows that you care about them enough to note them down and also helps you to keep in touch with them (review and strategies) later.

[If writing isn’t really your thing that isn’t a problem, here are some apps that you can use to make digital to-do lists.

A to-do list depicting how you can do the goal setting to achieve your goals

4. Review your progress 

Outlining goals is not the last step, what follows is reviewing your progress. Progress reviews enlighten about your improvement areas and gives an opportunity to reboot your strategy and objectives. It also keeps diverting your focus to your goals and trigger motivation. You can keep a specific amount of time each day or week to review your progress.

A desk with a computer depicting progress in goal orientation using a graph
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5. Ask for constructive feedback 

Being open to constructive criticism is one vital characteristic of a goal oriented person. Looking at your work through your own spectacles might not be enough, you can have an individual engaged in the industry give their inputs on your work. Getting constructive feedback opens you to a world of newer methods of work and also discover and learn from different strategies other professionals use.

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6. Find an accountability partner

Accountability to someone for work helps with motivation. Find some like a friend, coworker or a family member to work with you. Having an accountability partner helps you track each other’s progress, share ideas and achievements and motivate each other.

Two women working together as accountability partner
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In the words of Zig Ziglar – “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” Setting goals helps us make a road map to follow to move ahead in life. The common misconception is that goal setting instills a robotic way of life but the truth is goal setting helps us understand what we truly want to achieve and plan towards the goal and enjoy the downtime peacefully and without a care in the world. Do you set goals for yourself? How do you do it?

References 

Indeed. (2020, March 12). 10 Tips for Being More Goal-Oriented at Work. Retrieved from https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/being-goal-oriented-at-workRiopel, L. (2020, April 26). The Importance, Benefits, and Value of Goal Setting. Retrieved from https://positivepsychology.com/benefits-goal-setting/

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