It may be ‘Blue Monday’ in some old content calendar somewhere, which I feel as a social media manager in my day job seems to have gone out the window in these past few months, but today we’re going to look at 7 top tips on staying focused and reach your goals in 2021.
The truth is that whilst the landscape around us seems to be moving and shifting at a rapid rate, there are still lots of positive things we can do to set ourselves up for a great year. If you haven’t started defining your goals yet for this year, don’t worry, these tips will hopefully inspire you to start.
1. DEFINE YOUR LEVEL OF SUCCESS
To stay focused this year, it’s a good idea to think about what your own definition of success looks like. You can look at this in the macro or the micro, but consider what a successful goal or year may look like for you in 2021.
This may seem like a crazy place to start, but trust me, it will help. Take a minute to write down a sentence or two on what a successful day or month might look like for you.
2. WRITE YOUR GOALS DOWN
Writing your goals down isn’t just a good idea. It’s fundamental to helping you reach your goals. It boosts your motivation and it helps you get clear on what it is that you are trying to achieve. In fact, there are studies that suggest that when you write your goal down, you are 42% more likely to do them.
If you want to get better at achieving your goals, then make sure you tell a friend. A study carried out by Dr. Gail Matthews a psychology professor at Dominican University found that when you write your goals down and you tell a friend you increase your chance of reaching a goal by 78%.
3. TELL A FRIEND
Sharing is caring. Whether you tell a friend, partner, or loved one, sharing your goal is a great way to help solidify that goal and for some a good way to stay accountable in your pursuit of it.
4. REMOVE DISTRACTIONS
Craig Croeschel is one of my favourite leadership podcasts to listen to. He talked about two types of distractions that I know will help you as it did me.
- Cognitive – distractions of the mind
- Opportunity – distractions of your mission
Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. What are the key distractions to you staying focused in 2021?
Whilst there are lots of good things we can choose to do with our time, the reality is not all things are good for us. Make a list of a few areas that could be a potential distraction to you achieving the goals you wrote down earlier. The more you are aware of your goals and your obstacles, the more likely you will be to achieve them.
5. SCHEDULE YOUR TIME
If you don’t already do this, I highly recommend finding a system that helps schedule and commit time and energy to the areas you want to grow in this year. I’ve recently fallen head over heels for Trello again. I use it in sync with other tools like Google Drive and MS office. Being intentional with time is a great way to remove those distractions too.
6 . BLOCK OUT FREE TIME
We have to remember that we are human beings, not human doings, so having a strong and focused work ethic will require some intentional free time. Life is in the moment, so don’t miss it by being on your phone all year scrolling through social media for most of it. I’m trying out a feature on iOs to limit the amount of time I spend on social media apps on my phone. As a social media manager who doesn’t always get it right, it’s a habit I am intentionally trying to build.
7. FALL IN LOVE WITH THE PROCESS
Great things take time. If you haven’t already read Atomic Habits by James Clear, then I highly recommend it. You can purchase the book or download the kindle and audible version on Amazon here.
If you don’t enjoy the process of your goal, then there’s a good chance you won’t make it.
“Success isn’t achieving the goal in the future. Success is pursuing the
process today.” –Craig Groeschel
Let me know if you try these and how you get on with setting your goals.