We’re all guilty of being all over the place from time to time. The difference is some of us only make this a part time thing of human nature, while others live their lives day-to-day without any course of action. Goal setting can be a powerful tool. Simply writing down what you want to accomplish and reading it over helps program the unconscious mind to implant those goals within.
There’s all sorts of tips and tricks to getting this done smoothly. Start small. It’s all about building habits. Start with accomplishing one goal a day. If your goal is to write the novel you’ve been talking about since college, perhaps write 100 words a day. Most would shoot higher for 1,000 or 2,000 posts a day. Start small so you don’t become overloaded, overwhelmed and burn out. If you start with 100 words a day within a bit of time it will be 200 then 300 and so on. The point is to get the practice going. It’s about quality over quantity. Noted self-help guru, start-up consultant, etc., Tim Ferriss (amazingly brilliant guy, check him out) gives the example: if you want to start flossing your teeth every night, start with just your front two teeth. Sounds silly, right? Give it a try.
Take the stress off yourself by setting the bar reasonably low. Too many of us expect too much of ourselves and expand so much extra energy stressing because the bar is too high. You need to work up to it and most of us never started small. In an interview, Ferriss gives a great example in lieu of goal setting: “Alleviating that performance anxiety… allows you to overshoot that goal, continually succeed, and sort of build that confidence and momentum.” This way you start getting those things done you’ve always wanted to. If you’ve wanted to repaint the deck for years but the desk is massive - start small. Paint for 15 minutes a day. Within a no time that thing you’ve been putting off for years is done in a matter of a few weeks or less.
Try Goal setting in the morning, and looking over what you’ve accomplished. Some would do this before bed but it’s best to allow the mind to relax before bed. Getting the mind going before bed isn’t always conducive to a good night’s sleep. But what if that’s what you do and it works, keep at it!