We all set goals, whether they’re small and easy to accomplish or rather large and occupy your days. The worst feeling can be when you set a goal and it goes nowhere because other priorities get in the way. However, 2020, might be your chance to reach those goals and rack up some serious achievements to kick off the decade. Whatever your goal may be, there are always little life changes that make those goals more accessible.
Force Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone
Two things that are not equal: achieving goals and comfortability. And why would they be? Reaching your goals requires you to be tenacious and inspired and that does not happen in a place of routine. These little risks outside of your comfortability can be small, such as, waking up 15 minutes early to take a morning walk, joining a book club that introduces you to new people and topics, or starting a conversation with a colleague that you usually only wave to.
Take Care of Yourself
Staying healthy is the best way to make sure your mind is open, clear, and ready to work. Feeling sluggish in your workspace can deter you from wanting to do your basic daily responsibilities, and even more push you further from where you want to be. Everyone knows how important drinking enough water and getting enough sleep is, but there’s even more that can affect your motivation and mental health. If you spend all day looking at a computer screen, stay away from your phone or television at night. If you are constantly talking on the phone, try focusing your energy on a 10-minute silent meditation to clear your thoughts and realign your priorities.
Improve one of Your Daily Tasks to Increase Productivity
When you find your work getting complacent, look to your routine and your habits and you might find the issue. There might be one or more instances of your routine that is affecting your attitude and quality of your day-to-day work. For some people, checking their email every few minutes throughout their whole day can trigger some distracting behaviors. If you think that this might be you, then try cutting back on opening that inbox four or five times a day. This could leave hours of non-interrupted or distracted time, where you can focus on what is present and critical to that moment.
Grow Your Network
Networking is a key in every business person’s career. There’s this constant pressure to always hand out as many business cards as possible and connect with everyone you see on LinkedIn. Try reframing the way you approach networking. Find people that are reaching toward similar goals or people that you know that have done what you’re trying to do. Seeking out a network can be a lot less imitating when you think about it in a way of simple conversations and creating a small place in your memory for those small conversations that may have a large impact.
So, change the way you approach your goals and see how far you have come at the end of the year. Here’s to the roaring 20’s and smashing goals!