What were you doing on January 1, 2018?
Chances are, you watched some confetti fall, clinked a champagne glass or two, and created a few resolutions to change your life in the coming year. As the year inches to a close, you might be feeling a bit disappointed by your unaccomplished goals. Don’t get too upset, though—there’s still plenty of time to make things happen. Here are eight ways to help yourself stop being lazy and get sh*t done!
Edit Your List
You’re a different person now than when you made your resolutions. Some of the dreams you had at the start of the year may no longer be on your radar. You may have vowed to volunteer and help the community and then switched jobs to a nonprofit where you now feel fulfilled. In other words, there’s no longer a need to chase that goal. This might also apply if you have a super long list of goals. Edit your list so that your goals are realistic and focused on what you want to do.
Research and Plan
A shortened timeline doesn’t mean it’s impossible, but you now have less time to accomplish your goals. What to do? Plan. Planning allows you to map out the steps and benchmarks that will lead you to your final goal. Moreover, a bit of research into the topic or field that you’re interested in will help you plan the steps required to get there.
Divide and Conquer
Researching and planning will help you break down a particular goal into more digestible pieces. But don’t stop there! Divide your conquest of goals so that you’re laser focused. It turns out that your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking drains you of your energy, so if you rely on it to achieve your goals, you might find yourself tired of the process too early on.
Find Your Most Productive Time
Let’s say, for example, that you’re not a morning person. When your alarm goes off, the first thing you think of is a hot cup of coffee—and everyone knows not to talk to you until you have it. In the afternoon and evening, though, your brain is awake and you’re in the zone.
Guess when you should be working toward your goal?
That’s right—the hours in which you’re most naturally productive. If you are a morning person, then get up and get going. Otherwise, find your best time of day to be productive and get to work.
Prep for a Temporary Setback
Remember: not everything will go as planned. If your goal is to lose some weight, understand that you may fall off your diet plan before getting on the right track. No matter what your goals are, mentally prepare yourself for setbacks and then vow to power through them. This builds a better mindset for success.
Chart Your Progress
While working toward a goal, you may find yourself frustrated, as if you aren’t getting anywhere. But just because you aren’t moving full speed ahead, it doesn’t mean you aren’t making progress. If you need to, construct some sub-goals to see the subtle progress you’re making in your quest to meet your ultimate goal.
Feel for the Future
Here’s another bit of inspiration on your journey to goal achievement: Remember the vision you have of your future self once you’ve achieved your goal. Are you happier? Do you look different? Do you have a different job? No matter what, write down what you have in mind and read over it on days when you feel less than inspired. You might just find yourself happily experiencing a renewed sense of passion for your project.
Show Some Pride
Imagine your goal is to train for and run a half-marathon. You might not want to tell others of your grandiose plans because you might fail or bail. If that’s your mindset, you already have.
Make a point to proudly share what you’re working toward. Nobody will think you’re crazy or boastful; instead, you’ll be lauded for your bravery and confidence. Sharing your vision makes you more accountable to achieving it. Who couldn’t use a bit of accountability in the quest of bettering oneself?
The year’s winding down, but that doesn’t mean you should follow suit. Use these last few months to make your dreams a reality, just in time for you to create new ones next year.