Focusing on Your Goals With Journaling
Have you ever had an experience that showed you how helpful it can be to write things down? When you're trying to reach a certain point in life, you can use your writing ability to help break down a list of things you need to do to achieve a desired result. Without organization, it's easy to feel lost, but this article will show you how to use your journal to visualize dreams and goals.
When I'm making plans on how to achieve goals, or even simply coming up with goals for my personal life, business, etc., I HAVE to write them down. Sometimes, putting the ideas from your head onto paper helps you really see what they mean, what it would take, and whether it's realistic.
Pick a Good Time
To start, you must ensure that you have some time set aside so you can focus on the task at hand. It doesn’t matter what else is happening that day, as long as you have some quiet time to sit down and do some serious thinking and recording of ideas. For me, late night is great because most of my family has gone to bed, allowing me to be with my ideas and get things figured out.
Whichever times you choose should lend well to the task of prioritizing these ideas. Everyone is different, so if you're used to a lot of noise and bustle, you might not be bothered by the presence of people while examining these dreams. However, those who require more concentration might need to find time during a day off, or a day where they avoid any interaction with other people.
What It Can Do for You
What is your reason for journaling? People journal for many different reasons, but here we're talking about something very specific that you can use as a tool in a very important way. One massive way that journaling can help you attain your goals and dreams is through the ability to focus and problem-solve anything you're working on at the moment.
It helps you pay attention to the exact things that need fixing. When you write these things down, you're giving your mind a tangible affirmation that will help make your dreams a reality.
The primary difference between real and imagined plans is that real plans involve taking steps toward the goal. Imagined plans are vague ideas without real focus.
The only thing you'll usually know about those is that you want to do something, but you haven’t spent any time figuring out how you're going to get there.
Another great thing about listing these goals is that they give you a chance to reflect on the things that make you feel gratitude in life.
Busy vs Productive
A lot of people fail to realize the difference between being busy and being productive. Busy people always concern themselves with random tasks. They can't utilize what will lead them to a central thrust that allows 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 by recalling details repeatedly until they know everything about the plan that will take them where they truly want to go.
There are certain things your mind requires to be healthier. Much like a physical workout, there are rest periods your body needs. Many of the same principles apply during study and work periods.
You don’t need to be preoccupied all day. Balance is an important part of growth. 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 yourself, it’s good to try and have a day where you disconnect from the rest of the world, especially regarding work. You’ll need to find some time for this kind of rest.
When you're not under as much obligation, it would be a great time to sit and think about how you're going to accomplish a few goals. Giving yourself a rest will help you process things much more clearly once you've completed a rest period.
Find Somewhere Outside of Your Daily Grind
The best way to utilize time off to think or rest would be to find a spot completely outside your normal environment. That way, you won’t have any emotions tainting your experience. It will be a blank slate with no expectations other than being able to rest.
Take full advantage of this time, as it will help you come back with renewed excitement for your projects. Separation from the daily grind, stress, and routine can put into perspective what is possible for you.
Take the time to focus on your needs, wants, goals, and make a plan to achieve all of it.
With the new year around the corner, there are so many things I want to do, and you bet I'm writing them down!