Too many of us get discouraged by the size of our goals. Whether it’s landing a new job, quitting a job, or starting a business, these are life-changing choices that make a big impact and require a large amount of determination to accomplish.
Looking at the big picture is daunting, and sometimes discourages us from even trying. So how can you reach big goals without feeling overwhelmed?
Instead of focusing all your attention on the big audacious goal in front of you, pay attention to the small steps you need to take each day.
Create a Daily Hit List
Each day before starting my regular work routine, (or the night before when I’m about to go to bed) I create a “Hit List” of tasks that absolutely have to be completed. Usually I limit myself to 1-3 tasks in total, so it’s not overwhelming and ensures my priorities are in line with my goals.
Then at the end of each day, I check off the ones were done. This daily action gives me a sense of accomplishment, as well as lessens the amount of guilt placed on myself for not getting everything finished. Even if you only complete 1 or 2 tasks each day, you should feel confident and happy knowing these were crossed off.
We’re too easily bogged down by daily activities and tend to forget the most important things that need to be done, or the tasks that are our priorities. By narrowing your focus to only 1-3 “Hit List” tasks, you force yourself to choose the important things, and feel good about accomplishing them.
Record Weekly Wins
A study at Harvard Business School found that tracking small achievements on a regular basis enhances motivation and boosts confidence. So set aside time at the end of each week to review your schedule, or calendar, and record your weekly wins.
These are things you accomplished, worked hard towards, and were thrilled to complete—no matter how small. A few examples include; waking up early everyday, responding to all your emails, getting off work in time to enjoy dinner with your family, and anything else that’s a priority.
Maybe you weren’t as productive as you’d like to be, but you were able to accomplish something small that was also important. Give yourself credit! These small wins are just as important (if not more so) than reaching a big goal.
Focus on the Positives
This tip is similar to ones above, but is still a vital reminder to look at the positives in your life. As a business owner and career woman, it can be difficult to see the good when there are so many fires to put out, or emergencies to handle.
Block out time each day, or each week, to be grateful for your current situation. What are you thankful for? What are some positive things happening to you right now? Write these down during your weekly wins sessions and create time for positive focus.
All you need is 5-10 minutes of daily reflection, along with a 10 minute session at the end of the week to stay motivated to reach your big goals. Turn your big goals into smaller, manageable steps, by reminding yourself of all the little things you accomplished along the way.
Give yourself credit for everything you’ve done, and stop obsessing about the stuff that hasn’t been completed yet.
This article was originally published on GoGirl Finance.
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