We all have the same 24 hours in a day, yet some people get so much more done. There are days I feel I belong to the ‘some people’ group. Other days I feel like time is passing me by and I’m getting very little completed. I’ve always been quite organized and have often planned many of my daily activities. Yet, over the past few years, I’ve started planning so much more as to find more time for my goals. You too can find time for your goals using these 3 strategies.
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Three strategies to goal success.
Visualise what you would like daily.
The first thing to do is to know what you want. I do this by visualizing. Visualizing what I’d like in the future. I’ve learnt to visualize by knowing where I would like to be in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years from now.
It is very hard to work towards something if you don’t know where you’re going. This is where visualizing helps. Find a quiet spot to imagine your future life.
Think about these few questions.
If you could do anything what would you want to do?
What did you want to be when you were younger?
How do you want to spend your day?
Do you want to work for someone else or do you want to be your own boss, be self-employed?
Write about your ideal day? When you write about your ideal day, include what you would be doing and how you feel? Click the image below to download prompt questions. Also, read a letter to me – my ideal day.
Once you’ve uncovered what you really would like to do, it’s time to take action.
Remember it takes time to achieve life goals. It takes over 3 years to get a university degree. It can also take some time for you to transition into the life you want to create for yourself.
Related post: Why visualizing your ideal day is good for your future.
Take daily action to achieve results.
Taking daily action towards your goals requires first that you know what you would like to achieve and also knowing a few steps on how to get there. Only a few steps as the way forward unfolds as you progress towards your goal.
Every day create the time to do some activity towards your goal. Time is not made, time is created. Sometimes it means not watching that film on Netflix, or getting up earlier than the rest of the family to work on your goals.
Every day will be different. Some days you may have only 30 minutes other days you may have a few hours. Every day though it is possible to work on your goals. Even if it’s just one small action.
I have a big goal broken down into many little goals. My big goal is to be a full time blogger. Besides my big goals, I also have health and family goals and work on career goals while working towards my life goals. All these goals need tracking and unfortunately won’t just magically appear. I need to work for them.
Every day I like to track using a 90-day tracker. Using a daily tracker helps me see which days I’ve taken action and if I’ve met my weekly target. For example, I like to go to aqua aerobics 3 x per week. I’d tick the box on the days I’ve gone and can easily see if I’m meeting my fitness goal.
In 2017 I decided I wanted to start blogging. By blogging consistently this blog and I am growing, learning by doing. Each day I ask myself ‘What 2 things can I do today to bring me closer to my goals?’ Again some days I have more time than other days and I plan my blogging day out accordingly. Every little action is a step closer to the overall goal of becoming a full time blogger.
Related post: How to commit to creating new habits.
Plan your time wisely.
Time can just pass by. Dr Steuss quote on time can feel so true, especially if you have a goal you would like to achieve. Even more so, if you keep delaying starting that goal.
How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness, how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?Dr . Seuss
I so often hear people say they sacrifice sleep. I’m a big believer in getting at least 7 hours sleep as I know I can’t function throughout the day without it. Therefore I plan small actions throughout the day that will help me achieve my goals.
You’d be amazed by how many ways you can find a moment or two to work on your goals. Here are just a few examples for getting more NEAT exercise into your day. Yes, neat is an acronym for Non-exercise activity thermogenesis. Here is an explanation from Vanessa Bennington a fitness coach featured in ‘Breaking Muscle’ on neat and the advantages of neat.
- While the kettle is boiling do some leg exercises, calf raises.
- Park further away from the shops to get more steps.
- Walk up and down the stairs an extra time for more steps and leg exercises.
- Dance to your favourite tune while cooking dinner.
- Wiggle and fidget rather than sit still.
- Use a fitness band while watching TV.
Other examples of ways to plan your time wisely are;
Listen to books on audible or listen to podcasts while driving.
Delegate some of the home chores or business tasks.
Outsource some of your home or business duties.
When I drive around the coast or commute to work, I listen to podcasts that inspire or teach the skills I need to become better in the interests I have like, blogging, coaching and goal setting and achiveing. Listening to podcasts or books while driving is a great use of time.
One thing I do is delegate some of the home chores. We’re all adults at home and everyone can have a cooking night and help out around the home. The advantage of this is I get to spend some time planning what activities I’ll be doing for my blog prior to the evening meal. I work mainly on my blogging goals in the evenings after enjoying a family meal and hearing about everyone’s day.
To find time for goals you need to look at your daily activities and how you spend your time.
Time can often be found in many of these time slots.
- Mornings – getting up a little earlier to take action on some of your goal activities.
- Evenings – going to bed 30 minutes later after you’ve worked on your goals. Or giving up watching TV every night to create time for your goals.
- On your commute – For personal development, listen to podcasts or books, read, learn a language or learn tips that will help you increase your skills. If working on a weight loss or health goals, park further away and walk to work.
- In your lunch break – At lunchtime, go for that walk, write in your journal, go to a gym class, or do an online course.
- Block out time – When you have a goal you really want to achieve, block out time in your day for this. It didn’t take my family long to realize that I was committed to my blogging goals. I commenced by blocking out 2 hours 4 nights a week to work on my blogging goals.
- Use Waiting time – when standing in a queue or waiting for the kettle to boil, use the time to do a small task or action. Small actions like a few exercises or a task like sharing a Pinterest pin or commenting on a blog. Research too can be completed in waiting time.
It is amazing where you can find time for your goals when you are committed to them.
If you don’t know how you’re spending your time, it is more difficult to find time for the actions to take to achieve your goals.
How to find time in your day?
Time is not found it is created. To make time for your personal goals you will need to know how you are currently spending your time.
- Write down what you do throughout the day at 30 minute intervals. Do this for each day of the week.
- At the end of the week review what you are doing.
Your time planner may reveal where you can find a few minutes and even hours where you can start creating habits to achieve your goals.
The time planner may also show you what you can stop doing, delegate or outsource.
A few things I did to make time for my goals are; stopped watching TV in the evenings to start blogging and learning marketing skills. As well as got up earlier to go to aqua aerobics or go for a walk.
Download ‘my daily time tracker‘ to find time for your goals. The form can be printed as pdf or used as an online fillable form.