My planner quote this year is "DON'T BE AFRAID TO DREAM BIG." I purposefully chose this planner because the quote resonates on another level. I want 2020 to be a fearless year of accomplishments, and in order to do that, I have to stay focused and get everything done.
By nature, I think I'm a fairly organized person. My parents, in very different ways, are extremely organized, detail-oriented, and planners. I guess you could say I've picked up on a couple of those traits and practice them in my every day life.
Because I am so determined to succeed and accomplish my goals and dreams, I've applied so much pressure to remain focused.
I'm sure many can relate with having goals, wanting to accomplish them, and wanting to remain focused. I'm positive that there are equally as many who are unsure about where to start or how to ensure that they'll stay on top if it all. If you're one of those people, it's your lucky day because I'm going to share with you my best practices! And if I'm being transparent, I'm a pretty successful young adult 😉
Tips on Staying Focused & Getting it Done
1. Set goals.
(Easy, right? Nope! Because most people don't know what kind of goals they're setting. There are daily goals, short term goals, long term goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, yearly goals. WOAH! A lot! Now, some can be combined, but the most important thing is identifying what your goals are & when you'd like to accomplish them.)
2. Write down what needs to get done.
(There are some people who are just really good at remembering everything that they need to do, but most people forget at least one or two things. That's okay because it makes you human. The best way to ensure you don't forget to do something is by writing it down. It's also so satisfying when you get to cross it off your list.)
3. Turn your phone on DND.
(It is SO EASY to get sucked into the "worlds" that live on your phone. From texting, to Snapchat, responding to DM's, Instagramming, it kills your time. I'm guilty of falling down the rabbit hole. The best way to stay focused is to either turn your phone on DND, turn it off completely, or delete the App. I get it. You care about your social medias. But would you say you care more about that or the goals you're trying to accomplish?)
4. Say 'No' even if it's hard.
(You have a life. You have friends. You have events you really want to go to. Life is exciting! I get it, seriously. But, sometimes you have to say 'no' to doing things that you like because you have to put yourself & your goals first. The more often you say it, the easier it will become.)
5. Build in time to take a break.
(There are a few studies that say your brain can only operate in 45 minute increments. Meaning, after 45 minutes of learning & trying to retain information, your brain becomes exhausted. It's crucial to take a 15 minute break after each 45 minute block of work. Set your alarms, set your timers, & go!)
Everyone has to start somewhere when it comes to getting life on track & accomplishing goals. Just because it works for me, doesn't mean it'll work for you! But, at least give it a try--take what you want, leave what you don't. We're all on this crazy coaster of life together!
I’m dreamin’ big & there’s not a single soul who can stop me...
...I want you to start dreamin' big, too.
May your day be ever filled with love, light, and of course, an abundance of chicken tenders💜🌻✨