Too Many Goals? Here Are 3 Ways to Manage Overwhelm
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Good morning! Today’s post covers a common occurrence for many of the driven mom bosses.
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 in that boat. It’s very common, and you can fix the problem.
Here are some things you can do if you’re overwhelmed with goals.
Look for Overlapping Goals
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 at once.
Sometimes two of your goals may 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 each of them are important to you. You might find that what you want is to be away from work. In this case, your real goal might be to change careers. Or, you might discover that you can satisfy your desire to travel with a short vacation or a long drive with the family.
Get to the essence of the goals, and they’ll work themselves out.
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.”
Remember: We find the time for the things that matter.
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 on your timeline is good, but don’t hold yourself to it so rigidly that you can’t adapt to the occasional curveball.
If it feels like you have too many goals or if the ones you do have are fighting with each other, then find the essence of each one. That’ll 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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The hardest goal lesson for me was learning to be adaptable. Many times we set goals and when we don’t reach them exactly how we planned to we get discouraged and think it’s a failure. When sometimes it’s just that the goal has to be adapted because things change. Such is life.
This is a great point! You have an idea in your head about how something is supposed to go and when it doesn’t go that way — even if you are successful — you pick apart what you have accomplished! Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!
I always make sure I set long term goals then break them down to smaller achievable goals. This ensures that I can have success without that feeling of overwhelm.
That is great! Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!
I agree, having too many goal is overwhelming and could be really hard on any person. We definitely should focus more on what we want in most positive way
I think it’s all about time management. We have to manage everything and prioritize the once we really need in life. Be more conscious of time and make the most of it!
Time Management is so important! This is a great point! Thanks for pointing that out and thank you for reading!
It’s such a pet peeve of mine when people complain about not having time to do certain things they claim to want to do-it is soooo true that we make time for the things we want to do!!!
So true! I just finished having that discussion with my son! LOL He’s too busy to clean up his room as he watches a soccer match! thanks for reading and have a great day!
What a smart idea! I think so many of us get overwhelmed with our routines because we are oversubscribed and can’t figure out a way to consolidate. These are very helpful tips.
I needed this! I told my husband last night that I feel like I’m running non-stop and I need a break. I feel like if I slow down and only focus on one thing, then I must be failing at my other goals. That’s just not true… going to start being adaptable today!