Too Many Goals? 3 Practical Steps to Narrow Your Focus
Too many goals? Do you
ever feel like you’re spinning in circles with too many goals? Are most of them
conflicting? The good news is, you’re not the only one who feels that way. It's
very common, and you can help solve the problem.
some things you can do if you’re overwhelmed with having too many goals.
Too many goals:
1. look for overlap
Sometimes there is a natural and logical relationship between goals.
Suppose you want to get healthier and to
have more leisure time. Making time out for active leisure like tennis or
running will accomplish both goals at once.
Sometimes two goals seem to be in direct opposition to
each other, like wanting to travel and having more time at home. In this case,
write out both goals and next to each of them write out why you want to do each
of them. You might find that what you want is to be away from work.
case, your real goal might be to change careers. Or, you might discover that
you can satisfy your desire for travel with a short vacation or a long drive
with the family. Get to the essence of the goal, and they’ll work themselves
Too many goals?
2. Make time
We tell ourselves there are "only so many hours in a day," and
that we're "too busy" to take on anything else right now. Your time
is precisely that – yours.
Instead of saying “I
don’t have time to learn a language,” try saying, “I’m not making time to learn a new language.” We find the time for the things that matter.
Too many goals?
3. Be flexible
It’s a good thing to put a timeline together and have definite dates and
time-sensitive goals. But remember that
life happens, and often it even gets in
the way. There is an ancient Greek saying that goes: “If you want to make the
gods laugh, tell them your plans.” Having milestones and plotting points along
the timeline is good, but don’t hold yourself to it so rigidly that you cannot
adapt to the occasional curve ball.
feels to you like you have too many goals or
if the ones you do have are fighting each other, then find the essence of each
one. That will help you determine what’s
most important to you right now. Then work on one goal at a time. By
concentrating on which one means the most to you right now, you’ll put those
goals into perspective, until they don’t seem like so much anymore.
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