July 5, 2017

5 Effortless Ways to Stay Focused on Your Goals

We all love the enthusiasm we first feel when we decide to do something. Setting our goal seems like the hardest thing we need to do and we feel like we’ll never run out of motivation to accomplish it. However, a few days later, we usually realize that the motivation won’t last forever as it has already started to run dry. Staying focused on our goals in no easy feat, but there are a few tricks we can all use to make it feel effortless.

Write down your goal
Before you are able to focus on achieving something, you must decide what it is that you want. When you realize what your goal is, you should write it down. This will help you make it specific and come up with strategies to reach it and it will serve as a reminder and motivation on your journey. The goal you write down should be defined in “SMART” terms. Making your goal specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-specific makes it easier to achieve. By defining our goal in these terms, we are already halfway done with our strategy.

Break down your goal into smaller steps 
Thinking about our goal as a whole can sometimes be overwhelming. We can get anxious about achieving all that we set out to, especially when we think about all the work we need to do to finally cross that finish line. Breaking our goal into smaller steps helps us achieve our goal more efficiently. Having a small task makes it easier to come up with a strategy to do it and it doesn’t take a lot of time to complete. This will help us stay focused on the goal because by completing easier tasks, we feel a sense of accomplishment and we find it easier to continue pursuing our goal when we see our progress.

Ask for help when you need it
Having our goal in mind and using “SMART” terms and smaller steps to make it happen are all great strategies. But what happens when we are so overwhelmed and stressed that we are unable to focus? This happens to everyone and it is important to remember that it is okay and that there are ways to overcome this obstacle. Cognitive supplements are a great way to combat the problems we might encounter when we need to focus on a task but are unable to. Taking a smart pill will improve your mental agility, cognition, motivation, and focus. Just like that, you will be back to your old self and focusing on the task at hand.

Keep track of your success
When you complete a smaller task, it might seem unimportant in the big picture. Nothing can be further from the truth. Every step, no matter how small, is getting you closer to your goal. Always remember that and make note of every success. When you write down your goal and break it into smaller steps, make a checklist of every step and make sure you check every task you accomplish. When you check a task on the list, it will make you feel satisfied and you will know you are one step closer to your goal. That is the most powerful motivation.

Reward yourself
Staying focused on your goal is not easy and you are doing everything you can to stay committed. Every once in a while, you should make sure you do something to reward yourself for your hard work and efforts. You don’t have to reward yourself for every task you accomplish as the success will be a reward in itself, but make sure you do reward yourself after every few tasks. You can decide what tasks are more challenging as you deserve a special treat for accomplishing them. When you do accomplish these tasks, make sure you follow through and reward yourself. The reward will make you feel good and serve as a reminder of how good it feels to stay focused on your goal.

Guest Post by: Peter Minkoff

Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design,  he worked from many local fashion companies as a trend forecaster. Beside fashion, he loves traveling and roaming through vintage stores. He’s future plans are in creating his own styling business.

Thanks a lot for this article Peter!

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