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We are one month into 2019! Time really has been flying!
Last month everyone created new resolutions or better yet — goals for the year. How are you doing with those after one month? Are you on track? Do you need encouragement to maintain your focus or have all of your plans kind of fallen apart already?
Use a Journal
Perhaps you should consider writing things down in a journal
Have you ever had an experience that showed you how helpful it can be to write things down? You can actually use your writing ability to help break down the list of things that you need to do to arrive at your desired result. Some people have turned that skill into businesses that help people to gain control over their lives.
Without organization, it’s easy to feel lost, but this article will show you how to use your journal to visualize your goals.
Pick a Good Time
To get started, you have to make sure that you have some time set aside so that you can focus on this task. It doesn’t matter what else is going on that day as long as you have some kind of quiet time where you can sit down and do some serious thinking and recording of your ideas. For some people, the early morning is an ideal time to visualize your plans. Typically, most people and their families are still asleep at this time, so you can sit down during this quiet time and get some things figured out.
Like the Noise — Use It!
Whichever times you pick should lend well to the task of prioritization of your aspirations. Every person is different so if you’re used to a lot of noise and bustle, then you might not be as bothered by the presence of people while you’re looking at your goals. People who require more concentration, however, might need to find time during a day off, or a day where they avoid any kind of interaction with other people online or on their phones.
What Journaling Can Do for You
What is your reason for journaling? People journal for a lot of different reasons. Here we are discussing a very specific way that you can use your journal as a tool. One way that journaling can help you to visualize and attain your goals is through allowing you to focus and solve your current problems. Likewise, it can help you to identify the exact things that need to be fixed.
Writing It Down Makes It Tangible
When you write things down, you’re giving your mind a tangible affirmation that will help you make your dreams a real thing. The primary difference between real plans and imagined plans is that real plans involve taking steps to get to the goal. Imagined plans are vague ideas that don’t have real focus at all. The only thing you’ll usually know about those imagined plans will be that you want to do something. After all, you haven’t spent any time trying to learn how you’re going to get there.
Another great thing about listing your goals is that they give you a chance to reflect on the things that make you feel gratitude in life. Examples of journals that might help with this are New Year, New Beginning and A Grateful Heart — both on sale on my Amazon Page.
Goal Setting: Busy vs. Productive
A lot of people fail to realize the difference between being busy and being productive. People who are busy are always worrying about random tasks that won’t allow them to make real progress they can enjoy. Productive people execute carefully reviewed plans that allow them to make leaps that improve their lives. Much of this is done through reviewing details over and over again until the productive person feels like they know the plan inside and out.
You can use the journal to hash out the details while you are reviewing. It adds clarity to your thoughts and can serve as a guide you if get confused.
Give Your Mind a Break
There are certain things that your mind requires that will make you healthier. Much like after physical workouts, your body requires rest periods. Many of the same principles are at work during study and work periods. You don’t need to be preoccupied all day. Balance is an important part of growth. As a rule, when things become imbalanced, you won’t function as well and your work will suffer.
While you probably won’t always have a 7-day span to rest and replenish, it’s good to try and have a day where you disconnect yourself from the rest of the world. Especially when it comes to your work. You’ll need to find some time to get this kind of rest. When you’re not under as much obligation, it would probably be a great time to sit and think about how you’re going to accomplish a few goals. It’s a perfect time to visualize what you want and where you want to be. As a matter of fact, giving yourself a rest will allow you to process things a lot more clearly once you’ve completed a rest period.
After this period of disconnection, you can write down everything in your journal. Your mind was clearer. You want to write down the things that you visualize while they are still fresh in your head.
Find Somewhere Outside of Your Daily Grind
The best way to utilize time off would be to find a spot that’s completely outside your normal scene. That way, you won’t have any emotions tainting your experience. It’ll be a blank slate with no expectations other than to be able to rest. Take full advantage of this time because it’s going to help you to come back with renewed excitement.
If you’re hitting a wall in reaching your goals this year, it’s good to kick-start your goals with a journal. As you visualize where you want to go and each specific step, you can be more successful.
If you are just starting your journaling journey, you may have questions about how to get started. Here is a free guide about some introductory tools that you can use in your journals.
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