Do you ever wake up feeling overwhelmed by all the work you have to do? This feeling can be paralyzing and demotivating, causing you to spend an entire day floundering around instead of doing your best work.
We recommend using a day planner to keep your to-do list from running rampant in your head. With one of these tools, you can map out your daily to-do list, weekly plans and larger goals with ease. However, the number of day planners on the market can be overwhelming.
As an entrepreneur, does the following scenario sound familiar?
You start the day bright and early, coffee in hand and a list of tasks spread out before you. You’re feeling unstoppable, ready to crush your to-do list. But then, the phone rings. It’s a client, asking if they can add a few new things to the project you agreed upon. That call runs for an hour, and by then it’s already 10 am, practically lunch, so there’s no harm in taking a few minutes to read your favorite productivity blog (because, hey, if you’re reading about productivity it’s not procrastinating, right?).
If you want to get things done, you must set goals. Without goals, you’re just going to flounder without a reliable gauge of whether you’re making progress or not. Setting goals is the first step toward getting what you want out of your career and your life.
But as it turns out, just setting goals, any goals, isn’t enough. While having a goal tends to be better than not having one, you need to make sure you set goals in a way that will guarantee progress and eventual success. Yes, the way you set goals matters as much as the goals themselves. In other words, you need a goal-setting framework.
We’ve all had setbacks. From regretting how many kids you invited to your child’s birthday party, to volunteering for an assignment that you don’t think you can complete, they’re the type of experiences that are just a part of life. So how do you identify when your goal just isn’t working and what do you do when you realize it? From meditation tips to reconsidering your goals, BestSelf has the backup plan you’re looking for.
Dee’s SELF Journal has helped her recreate her life after illness and bereavement.
I used to be a research scientist.
It was all I ever wanted to be. And after three degrees and a PhD, I was deep into my dream job as a protein engineer trying to find the marker for cirrhosis.
Then I was diagnosed with cancer.