Target Fatigue

We all have goals in life and most of us have several of these goals.  Often they fall into distinct categories like career; fitness; family and finance.  Very often one of these goals will take priority over all others and many people cycle through their goals, working a little towards one, then another.

That is a pretty healthy, balanced way to live a life, I would surmise.  The problem is, if you are having to direct your focus and energies to multiple targets, it can become too easy to go ‘goal blind.’  This can quickly lead to feeling overwhelmed and to become deceived that the objective you have set yourself of achieving all these things – of having it all – is really impossible.  All too often this is where it can be tempting to give up.

Of course you won’t just give up on all the things that are important to you, but these moments (which can often stretch into days) of ‘goal-blindness’ cost you valuable time.

Ultimately, your goal for each day of your life should be to make some progress towards something.  Just one even tiny step in the direction of completing one of your goals is energy well spent and will mean that at the end of the day you are that little bit closer to fulfilling your dreams.

This is where I call for the mantra ‘if it’s not written down it’s not getting done.’  I am sure there are organised people out in the world who are capable of holding many long, complex lists in their heads, but alas – I am not one of them.

Instead at the beginning of each month I write down what success looks like me today.  This is because we are organic human beings and our passions and our priorities are equally organic and subject to change and evolution.

When I’ve got a clear (often bullet-pointed) success story written down  I easily break this into separate goals – leaving out anything I don’t feel I can properly contribute to at this point in time.

I like to use a grid diary app which allows me to have a box for each goal and at the end of each day I can easily see where I have made progress, where I haven’t (and why if it is relevant) and I can create priorities for the following day.

If nothing else, regularly asking myself to articulate my goals, why I want to achieve them, and to track what progress I am making crystallises these objectives in my mind.  Seeing progress on a day to day basis also lets me acknowledge to myself that I am going in the right direction or allows me to apply course corrections where necessary.

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