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One of the lovely readers of TIL emailed me recently asking if I could write a post on how to juggle multiple goals at one time. You guys KNOW that I love getting emails like this, letting me know what you guys would like me to write about. So I obviously had to write this! 🙂
It can be difficult to know where to start, what to work on, and just what to do when you have multiple goals at once. That’s why you hear so many people saying to focus on just one goal at a time. While that sort of makes sense, I disagree.Having more than one goal can be a good thing, but it can be difficult to juggle multiple goals. Here are some tips to help! Click To Tweet
Setting yourself more than one goal can be a good thing, too! It’s good to challenge yourself and always have something to be working toward. Plus, if you’re like me, it’s hard to just focus on one thing at a time. And life doesn’t always allow us to have just one goal, anyway.
So, today I’m sharing tips on how to juggle (and achieve) multiple goals!
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Look for any conflicts or overlaps.
One simple way to simplify your goals is to review them and look for any conflicts or overlaps. Some of your goals can sort of work together, while others might not be able to work at all. For example, if you’d like to start working at home and also make more money, then that can become one goal. You just have to look for a higher paying job that you can do from home. On the other hand, if you have two goals that conflict with each other, you’ll have to get rid of one.
Don’t focus on too many goals.
I know that I said having multiple goals can be a good thing, but there’s a limit. If you’re trying to do too many things at once, you’ll end up achieving much less than you would if you just focused on a few. So sit down with a list of your goals and ask yourself if all of them are really important to you right now. Are there any you could let go of, at least for now? Remember that you can always set more goals when you’re done with your current ones!
Get specific with your goals.
It’s important to be as specific as possible when you’re setting goals. I mean, setting a goal such as “read more” or “lose weight” just isn’t enough. Are you trying to read one book a month or one book a week? Are you trying to lose 5 pounds or 50 pounds? It’s hard to achieve something when you don’t know what you’re actually trying to achieve! So make sure that you know EXACTLY what you’re working toward. It will make the process much more simple.
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Find some good role models.
I’ve seen a few studies that have shown that we are much better at achieving goals when we see other people rocking their goals. If we think that they’re achieving them faster than us, it motivates us to do better. So pick a role model (or a few) that are slaying their goals. Use them as inspiration to go after yours as well.
Have a solid game plan in place.
In my humble opinion, this is the biggest step to take if you want to actually achieve any goal. But it’s also a step that many people overlook! If you want to achieve something, it’s important to have a plan for it. If you have a big or messy goal like writing and publishing a book, a plan is super important. When I was publishing my book, I made a list of every step I needed to take to get it done. I seriously would’ve been lost without that plan.
I use my bullet journal to plan my goals and it’s so helpful! I devote a different page to each goal and create a to-do list for each goal. I write down each step that I need to take to complete it, then I schedule the to-do’s in my daily planner. This makes even the most complicated goals much more simple. I know you might think planning isn’t important, but it can be a game changer in terms of getting things done!
Prioritize your goals.
When you have more than one goal, it can be difficult to figure out which one you should be spending the most time on. So take some time to reflect on the areas of your life and figure out which one needs more of your attention. Make a list of your goals in order of their importance so you know which one(s) need the most time and attention.
Schedule time for your goals.
I feel like the biggest reason that juggling multiple goals is so stressful is because we tell ourselves that we just don’t have time to work on them. It’s true that we only have so many hours in a day, but it’s also true that we are in control of our time. If you think you don’t have time for something, you’ll make time for it if it’s important enough. So, get yourself a good planner if you don’t have one, and schedule time for your goals. Figure out a way to schedule at least a little bit of time every day for them. If you keep telling yourself that you don’t have time for them, you’ll never achieve them.
Do something every single day.
You obviously won’t achieve your goals if you’re not actually working on them. I like to try to do something every day that helps move me closer to my goals – even if it’s a small step. If you have good plans for your goals, you should be able to at least take a baby step every day. Put the tasks in your planner so you know what you need to be doing and when to do it. If you do this, you’ll be achieving them much quicker!
What’s your best tip for juggling multiple goals? Let me know in the comments!