How to power through your goals when you’re short on time

If you’re anything like me, you probably have big goals. There are so many things you want to do and you like to dream big, but you have a hard time finding time to do all those things. When you’re short on time, it can be hard to reach your goals and may be discouraging to even set goals in the first place. I’ve been there. These days I don’t have much time to myself and when I do, I am usually too exhausted to do anything of importance. That has left me feeling like I don’t have time for my own goals. But I also know how important it is to make time for ourselves and our goals. If you’re struggling to reach your goals because you can’t find time to work on them, you can power through with this simple approach.

Make a plan

Everything starts with a plan. Things just go more smoothly when you have a plan. Take some time to think about things before you try to sit down and complete a task. If there is a big goal you really want to make some progress with, you want to work on implementing something new into your daily routine, or even if you just want to check a few little things off the list, determine how you’re going to do it. Even with the best intentions, our goals won’t get us anywhere if we simply write them down and then forget about them. We have to actively work on them and plan for that. If you are as busy as I am, you won’t magically have a free day in your calendar to work on your goals. You need to make time and plan ahead.

Schedule a day to tackle it

I love the concept of batching. It has helped me be so much more productive with my time. When you get in the mindset of working on one particular thing, you can accomplish so much more in less time by working on all the related tasks together. This goes for your goals too. I am trying out the idea of setting aside one whole day to dedicate to my own goals. I have several projects in the works and I know I need to make more progress on them. Instead of waiting for that spare time to show up, I am planning a day to work on these projects. By batching it all together in one day, I am able to get more done and make big progress on my goals. Some goals are better achieved with little by little progress each day. But when you are short on time, a goal busting day may be just what you need to power through and make big leaps towards your end result.

Reward yourself

I don’t know about you, but I am always just a little more motivated when there is a reward at the end. If you’ve been working really hard at making progress on your goals, reward yourself. Know that you are doing the best you can and pat yourself on the back for that. Even if it feels like you are just spinning your wheels, I promise you are making progress. Choose a reward that brings you joy and fills your well because you are doing the right thing by working on your own goals.
 

My March goals

March is a busy month for us. We have several birthdays to celebrate and things start to pick up as the weather warms up. It will be easy for the month to fly by without making any progress on my goals, so I am planning ahead to power through a few without overwhelming myself with too many.

February Recap + Progress

  • Stay up to date on my photo organization project: Although I have a long way to go with organizing our photos, I have been able to stay on top of it well.
  • Complete the Intentional Business Workbook content: This one didn’t happen and always seems to be the one that gets put to the back burner. This is one I need to better plan time for in the coming months.
  • Finish updating client workflow and assets: Almost finished, but had to hold off on it again for something else that came up.
  • Write free email course opt in: I started on this but didn’t get it finished just yet.
  • Research book publishing: I’ve been researching and praying on this and can’t wait to see how it continues to unfold.
  • Complete Tax prep and 2016 audit: We have all our paperwork prepared and now we just need to meet with the CPA to complete it.
  • Read books, devotional and bible 2 days a week: I am so happy to say that I’ve been doing this. It is a game changer for me and definitely something I need to keep doing.
  • Stick to new weekly sabbath plan: Yes! I’ve been keeping up with this and it has made such a huge difference in my life.
  • Plan Logan's 3rd birthday party: All done and ready to celebrate!

March goals

  • Continue staying on top of photo organization: With all the birthdays and events coming up, it is so important that I stay on top of my photo organization project so I don’t get behind again.
  • Read books, devotional and bible 2 days a week: This is one that is staying on my list because I enjoyed it so much.
  • Stick to new weekly sabbath plan: Another one that is a permanent goal because it has made such a big difference for my life.
  • Celebrate Logan’s 3rd birthday: My birthday is in March too, so we are just going to have a month long celebration with lots of fun activities and outings.
  • Switch email marketing to ConvertKit: This is the thing that came up in the middle of the month that caused me to put other projects on hold. I realized I needed to do this and overhaul my email marketing so that I was ready when I start releasing new products later this year. I have everything prepped and ready to go and will be completing the switch soon.
  • Finish free email course: Since I am working on email marketing already, it made sense to work on completing this series next (remember how I mentioned batching). I am planning a couple of days dedicated to these few things this month so I can power through.