Can you believe that we are now in September and that I have stayed focused for so long on the goals that I have set myself? In the past, I would have noticed that I was failing and probably given up way before this and kept the same goals for the following year and would be no further in my journey. This year, by staying accountable, I have managed to stay focused; yes, I have had to adjust things. I have had to change things that I have done, but on the most part, I have learnt so much about myself and the reasons in the past, that I have failed on a journey to reach goals and dreams. The worst thing, I think I have learnt is in the most part, it is me sabotaging my dreams through fear.
My Journey So Far
I have learnt so much about me; I know that I had to change some elements of my life to succeed and to step forward into those challenges and face that fear head on or I would be stuck forever, never getting past a certain point before giving up. This time I have made myself accountable and yes, I have had to change some aspects but it has been a challenge of self-discovery. I am finding out where I need to improve and the fear that can on many occasions try to talk me out of taking those steps forward that I need to make.
I thought I was a planner, I thought I had that side taken care of, but I have had to learn even more in this area to truly focus on my goals, to look at what I have to do and to plan that into my day. What is sometimes difficult is that I work from home, I can work very long hours, but on the other hand, I can take time off, if life requires me too. I don’t have to stick to set times the same as if I went out to work. However, there is no one else that works for me so I have to make up the time and this means that I end up sacrificing time that I might have spent sleeping.
I have noticed that I am being easily distracted from my plan and spend too much time making up for the procrastination. I am not getting the tasks completed easily and that is my fault, I am fighting the system again. I seem to make strides in the right direction and then my self-destruction comes into force and I try to self-sabotage my own efforts.
My Goals For The Next Part Of The Journey
So, for me for this coming month is to practice getting to bed earlier and to focus on getting the most difficult of tasks completed as early as possible during the day, when there is less disturbance and I have fewer distractions.
I am bulking up my tasks so they fit better together and I am not allowing distractions until I finish certain tasks; if I am writing a draft the reward comes only after I have finished and not before. This I am finding hard, I want to check into social media, or a thought pops into my mind and the only way to stop myself is to make a note with the promise to check after finishing the current task. Not only does this speed up the process, it also means that I am concentrating on one thing at a time and not having a tonne of part finished items at the end of the day.
If I can stick to these goals for the month and really focus on getting the most difficult, or time-consuming elements of the days tasks, completed as early as possible with little distraction then if other items crop up I am in a better position to reschedule items and not end up working late into the night.
Therefore, this month has seen me go through the process of settling in a new routine that fits better with my life and less procrastination and I hope this journey continues to move forward as I learn to accept the path that is at last heading towards me succeeding with my goals and dreams for the year.
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