3 ways I've sabotaged my goals this year and the changes I'm making
Hello, remember me? Or more importantly remember those goals I set at the beginning of the year? Me neither.
I can’t believe that we are already HALF-WAY through the year of 2018. That is absolutely mind-blowing and also kind of depressing. Don’t get me wrong some amazing things have happened to me this year, the monumental one being — I’m engaged! (more on that later on the blog).
However, I set some goals earlier on in the year in terms of my business, blog, YouTube channel and personal goals and I have to be honest with myself. I haven’t put in the work that is required to reach those goals which only leads to one thing — a pity party.
I could blame my busy (but amazing) full-time job or Gossip Girl on Netflix but in reality, I have no excuses. Excuses are ways of justifying us staying the same. Well guess what, I don’t want to stay the same! I want to grow, learn, build, create, share and live my life.
I can break my goal-blockers into three categories and self-awareness is the first step to change.
One: Lack of Motivation
Self-motivation is a total mental-blocker. Let’s take today as an example. It wasn’t my best day, I was feeling sluggish and not feeling work. But I was able to push past the negative thoughts to sit down and write this post. Win.
When I’m feeling unmotivated I tend to sit on the couch and watch Netflix which does absolutely NOTHING for me. Instead, going forward I am going to try and do something positive like read a book, an article by my favourite inspirational blogger or check out Bloglovin’ to get my creative juices flowing.
Two: Procrastination & Distraction
I am a huge procrastinator and my vice just happens to be cleaning. I clean to avoid doing other things I should be doing. At least it’s something somewhat positive?
It’s so easy to replace the task you should be doing with something else. Procrastination is another problematic personality trait, that requires self-awareness to overcome. Sometimes I don’t even realize I’m doing it!
Three: Time Management
Like I mentioned earlier, I work full-time which means I have weekends and evenings to work on my passion projects. If you work full-time then you’ll understand where I’m coming from here. When I get home, I want to lay horizontal and do nothing.
It’s really hard to come home from typing at a desk all day, to continue typing — at a different desk.
Moving on to the positive changes! Below is my change-formula going forward.
Scheduling + Consistency + Sacrifice = Smashing my goals
Google Cal is my BFF. I’ve recently started time-blocking my calendar like I already do for work. Pretty sure most normal people already do this but I never got into the habit until recently.
Having something on the calendar, not only keeps it top of mind but holds you more accountable to complete the things you’re setting out to do.
Even if something comes up (which it will), I believe this practice will lead to consistency week to week.
Consistency is the key to success, especially in the blogging world. I want to create a place where people keep coming back for more! Remembering that “done is better than perfect.” Okay, I think I hit my cliche maximum for this paragraph...
To sum it up, scheduling things in my calendar will lead to consistency week over week.
This is a big one. Sometimes we will have to make sacrifices in life, to achieve our goals. For example I sacrificed Hot Yoga tonight to continue writing and I’m glad I did. I don’t struggle with “sacrifice” as I do the other two. Being a homebody helps.
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this mental dump as much as I did writing it. Until next time...