“But how do I do it all?” I’m constantly asking myself this question. “How do I possibly accomplish everything that I want to accomplish?”
My mind frequently jumps from topic to topic of everything I want to accomplish in a short time frame. This isn’t new, I’ve always been this way. I’ve always been the type of person that gets a new idea of what I want to do with my life once a month, if not once a week. I consistently get overwhelmed with all of the ideas I have jumbled in my head and feel like I need a vacation from myself.
The challenge is balancing all of this:
- Working full time on my career and passion as an Events Manager – this includes my full time job as an Events Manager, networking within the industry and the non-profit I serve on the board for planning their galas
- Blogging part time – which breaks in to content creation, researching topics and locations, and social media out reach
- Learning remote skill sets – enable for me to pursue my dream of becoming a serial traveler I need to gain remote skill sets. I’ve been trying to teach myself HTML and CSS. I’m also looking at getting into social media management for small brands/companies along with photography and picking up video editing again. (Note: All these skill sets will also benefit my blog in the long run)
- How to be financially smart – as many of you have heard, millennials have the highest student loan debts of any other generation. I want to educate myself financially, pay down my student loans, and save for the far off retirement
I’ll keep everyone updated on my journey as I navigate managing everything that’s on my plate, but in dedication to those of you that may be like me, here’s my top 5 tips for refocusing on your goals.
1. Take A Break
First you need to find a place where you can escape. This may be your local coffee shop, the park, or just your kitchen. Wherever it may be, make sure it’s a place that you can be calm and collected so you can really hone in on the jumble that’s rolling around in your head.
2. Write It Down
It sounds cliché, I know, but seriously. Whenever I get bogged down and I feel like I have too much going on, a lot of the time I just need to sit down and start a mind map about anything and everything that’s on my mind. Sometimes it’s small lists of what I need to buy at the grocery store and my “to-do” list for the week and other times its a 5 year goal that I end up working out down to weekly steps to reach that goal. Whatever it is, trust me, just do it. Set an alarm for 10 minutes and let yourself write.
3. What’s Your Number One?
This one’s hard. Determine what your number one goal is and clearly define it. After you have it all written down and it’s now on paper you can start to clearly look at everything. Some things you may find that you can group them together or one goal accompanies or complements another. Start to categorize these where you can. Now ask yourself, “if there were only one thing I could accomplish in life what one thing would that be?” Your answer to that question is your number one.
4. Make A Plan
Dreams and goals are excellent, but they’re meaningless without any action behind them. Set an alarm again and give yourself 5 minutes to break down your goal into easier and more manageable steps and mini goals. Next set an alarm for another 5 minutes and break it down again to daily/weekly steps.
5. Hold Yourself Accountable
Do what ever you have to so that you’re held accountable. Maybe provide yourself some mini rewards along the way to your goal when you achieve smaller goals. One way I’m holding myself accountable for my dream to become a serial traveler is by making it public (hence the creation of this blog!). My hopes are that by the support of the community and making it well known it’ll make it feel more “real” to me.
I hope these tricks help you out, I know that I always need to constantly remind myself of the simple things which ends up helping me. Good luck and go out there to be a Dream Catcher!