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6 Things To Do Every Day To Ensure You Stick To Your Goals

6 Things To Do Every Day To Ensure You Stick To Your Goals

Sticking to goals can be challenging. We all want better health, better careers, better jobs and to cast an impression on everyone that we are living fulfilled lives. Yet to reach our goals and make every minute of our time count requires commitment, consistency and hard work. Certain daily practices have to be observed to get the best out of us. Here are some things you have to ensure daily to reach your goals.

1. Involve others

You have to be accountable for the actions you are committing yourself to. Involve everyone around you, get them engaged and talk to them on how they can help you accomplish your goals. When you involve others you feel you have a responsibility towards them as well as yourself. Every day, make sure you are accountable to sticking to your goals. By joining groups or engaging others you have more motivation to reach your goals. For example if you want to read more, try joining a book club, if you want to be a better entrepreneur, join an entrepreneurial organization.

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2. Visualize the rewards

Reaching a goal can be challenging, sometimes it can be overwhelming. When the journey becomes tough and difficult, try to stick to visualizing your successes every day. Wake up to visualize what rewards you will get from sticking to meeting your goals. If you want to lose some pounds, visualize yourself already underweight and benefiting from being underweight. The mind has a way of channeling your body and intentions to sticking to your goals and reaching them.

3. Break down your goals

Try to break down your goals into tiny chunks. The smaller the size of the goals, the more willing and prepared you are to meet them. For example, if you find it difficult getting out of the house and taking a workout at the gym, why not try to break the goal into making sure you are always dressed for the gym daily? By doing this you demonstrate you are moving in the right direction and you can keep the momentum to meet with the larger goal.

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4. Reward yourself

For every progress you make daily towards reaching your goals, try to vindicate yourself and reward yourself. By doing this you appreciate yourself and the hard work you have put in for the day. When you reward yourself you program yourself to benefiting from a larger reward in the future. You also propel yourself to gaining daily rewards which can be enticing and motivating.

5. Measure your progress

It is easy to become frustrated when you are not getting instant results. Change can be slow and rewards are not always immediate. Still, progress can be measured even in tiny bits so take time to look back at where you are coming from. You don’t have to feel depressed about not making that major progress in an instant, but when you journal or snap pictures to document your progress, no matter how small, you will feel grateful and elated to see what difference you have made from where you are coming from up till now.

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6. Believe in the possibilities

According to researchers, by believing in the possibilities of accomplishing a goal or a task you increase your chance of reaching it and eradicating whatever roadblocks or challenges you may face. Believe in what you can achieve. What self belief has over self control is that while self control can be depleted, self belief cannot. We all have an enormous reservoir of how much we can believe in ourselves. With believing in ourselves comes perseverance, determination and desire to meeting with our goals. Every day understand that what you need to keep on going is how you think of achieving your goals. Your goals are reachable if you think you can reach them!

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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