Achieving goals: Getting from A to Z

“For 2015, my goal is to quit procrastinating and actually become a more productive person …”

“This means that I am going to hand in my assignments on time and I’m going to stop sleeping in until two in the afternoon on weekends.”

Doesn’t this optimistic monologue sound familiar every time the beginning of the new year comes about?

Typically this attitude doesn’t last for very long.

Why is this usually the case with New Year’s resolutions? It’s actually simpler than what we may think.

SO … if you think you’ve already failed miserably within the first few months of 2015 there is still hope, believe it or not.

The common mistake people make is that they’ve established their goal but haven’t thoroughly considered how that goal can actually be achieved.

What I am trying to get at here is that the processes towards achieving the goal are the fundamental steps or building blocks to make a goal possible to achieve.

If a person wants to achieve the goal of being more productive, they can’t wake up the next day and suddenly become productive overnight.

They need to create small goals which act as stepping stones to get to the final goal.

In this case, this person would need to make the habit of planning their day by perhaps making use of a day-planner or an organiser of some kind.

Using an organiser can help us to visualise our plans for the day, week, month and year ahead.

That way we can become more aware of due-dates in advance and thus be able to discern how to use our time prudently and put time management into practice.

Time management is the first thing we have to achieve way before achieving productivity! In fact, it is the first small goal we need to make in order to reach productivity.

What’s next?

We need to try to work for a decent period of time without procrastinating. Therefore, we need to make small goal of trying to work without getting distracted.

Yes, put away the smartphone with its many distracting apps, minimise the number of trips to the fridge, turn off the TV in the background and swap the catchy tunes (that you just can’t help singing along and dancing to) on Spotify to more study-inducive music.

In other words, we need discipline.

In summary, our formula to achieve productivity looks like this:

Time management (small goal 1) + Discipline (small goal 2) = Productivity (final goal)

The point is, the process (or the journey, as people say) is more significant than the outcome (or the destination, as people say).

I’d also like to emphasise that this step-by-step strategy works hand-in-hand with a good attitude towards achieving our bigger and more important goals in life.

A good attitude towards achieving goals is to not be discouraged when failures come our way.

Setbacks are inevitable and are a normal part of everyday life. If we can take on smaller defeats with a good attitude — that is without giving into discouragement— then we are better able to handle bigger setbacks when they come our way and eventually rise above them.

SO … I will leave you with this quote:

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but rising every time we fall.”

Confucius

I am talking about perseverance, dear friends.

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