Do you ever feel like its best to pause, analyze, then proceed? Sometimes being so on-the-go can be great, but at the same time, it is important to self reflect and really focus on the direction you want to be heading. The journey to get there is just as good as the destination. You learn a lot about yourself through risks, obstacles, and challenges. Here’s the thing, it is okay to stop what you are doing, breathe, reflect, and then start back up again. I have found myself having to do that lately. When it comes to self reflection, I believe it is one of the most important things about growing and becoming fully aware of who you really are. Who are you when no one is looking? What do you think your flaws are? How do you overcome obstacles and challenges? For instance, when you go into an interview and they ask, “what is your biggest weakness?” I think most of us (if not, all) can agree that is one of the least favorite questions asked, although that question is also one of the most important because it is based on self awareness.
I can become overwhelmed at times, and the best way I handle that is to stop. I stop, I think, I look at the big picture, and I tackle the situation by doing one thing at a time. So here I am, making my “to-do” list by categorizing based on top priority. I make my goal list based on goals I plan to achieve within the week, the month, the year, and long term goals.
Here are some ways to declutter your mind and stay on track with your goals...
1. Clear your mind, then make a list of all things you need to do. Organize that list by priority of what needs to be done today, tomorrow, within the week, month, and year.
2. Keep up to date and don’t lose track. It’s easy for us to sometimes put our goals on hold. We always say “I’ll get to it later” and we end up pushing our tasks back. It will become harder and harder to get back into it if we take too much time off. Take a breather, but don’t slack off.
3. Remember that things can change due to what you actually want, and that’s okay. In the beginning you may feel you want to tackle a goal, then months later you may realize it’s actually not your niche. Trial and error, my friends.
4. Do not lose hope. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?
5. Whatever you do, be genuine to who you are. Don’t change yourself to be something you think others want you to be. Your uniqueness will show. Stay ethical. Love what you do, and do it well.
If you feel like you've been overwhelmed lately, then I hope this post helped as a reminder that it's okay to breathe, make a priority list, and then start back up again.
Comment or email with other things that help you stay organized and on track. Would love to hear from you!