Here are some ideas for achieving goals that have been put on hold:
- Write a weekly “to-do” list and hang it someplace you will see it everyday. Update it daily and cross off the things you have accomplished. If you see something being carried over from week to week, consider what is holding you back from getting it done.
- Don’t continue to push your life further away when work becomes a pressure cooker. Make sure your personal goals are on the list too and put due dates for getting them accomplished.
- Don’t spend time worrying. It takes up too much energy that can be better spent resolving problems. As my mother used to say “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday”.
- Make sure you get enough sleep. I don’t know anyone who is more productive when they are exhausted.
- Think about enlisting the help of a friend or family member to hold you accountable for accomplishing commitments. A friend and I meet for one hour every other week. We call each other “accountability buddies”. When we meet we share our list of goals with each other – both professional and personal – and report back on our progress. Knowing that she will be expecting me to keep my promises about what I want to accomplish is a real motivator.