How To Find The Time And Energy To Go After Your Goals
We all have the same 24 hours in the day as Beyoncé. You’ve seen that meme pop around, right?
As inspiring as that quote comes across at first, it’s deceiving as hell. Beyoncé has a team of people working for her – wardrobe, makeup, meals, and everything in between. Unless you have a staff helping you, you do not have the same hours in a day as Beyoncé.
But what if we could craft our days on more of a ‘DIY style’ to give ourselves a taste of Beyoncé level productivity? Now, we’re speaking my language.
Here’s the thing – we’ve got to make money to pay our bills, we’ve got families and friends, we’ve got demands that go beyond our big picture goals.
And sometimes, our goals can take the backseat – and when that happens, we need to figure out how to make them a priority in our life again.
So, how can we keep our energy and time up when we’re going after our goals when we’ve got full plates – managing work, life, and everything in between? What’s the hidden secret for keeping up the momentum?
A lot of it has to do with our mindset. Here are some mindset shifts and action steps for finding time and energy to go after your goals – and actually make them happen.
Reprogram your thinking from ‘I’m too busy’ to ‘It’s not a priority’
We can come up with excuses all day long on why we don’t have the time for our goals, but we can all also think of examples of people in our lives who don’t have the time and make room for it. You’ve done it too. When you really want something, you figure out a way to make it happen.
And I think a lot of times we get comfortable with our habits. We say we want one thing, but our actions consistently say otherwise. It’s a healthy practice to regularly remind yourself of your WHY. Why hasn’t it been a priority? Does it really matter to you? Why is this important for your life?
If you come to realize that it’s actually not important, drop the game you’re playing with yourself and work on acceptance. There’s no use in constantly battling yourself on aspects that you’re not willing to prioritize. And not every aspect of our life can be a priority.
Shift your priorities by the season
Our lives have different seasons, and we can’t have every aspect of our life be a priority at all times. We can balance a lot, but we can’t do it all. And I think it’s a helpful mental shift to think about our lives in phases or seasons where we decide that one area is taking the driver’s seat for a period. And then when the time is right, we’ll shift into a season of nurturing our other goals.
It’s important to remember your capacity, because if you’re not careful, you’ll take on too much and end up making a mess of your entire life and burning out. Take it easy – you can go after all of your goals in time. But not everything needs to happen at once.
Start with the path of least resistance
The hardest part of cultivating new habits is getting started. If you feel stuck, try figuring out the quickest and easiest way for you to get started – instead of trying to do the most optimal approach.
For example, I was stuck in a cycle of trying to convince myself to go to the gym. I didn’t enjoy working out at the gym and would always find excuses not to go. This got so bad that I once purchased a gym membership that I never went to, not even once, for over 6 months. My goal was to get fit and active – and I believed that cardio was the way to do that, even though I hated it.
And finally, one day I was invited to a free yoga class with a coworker and found that I loved yoga. I started going every single evening after work without struggle – and even though it wasn’t my most optimal way to get fit, it ended up being the catalyst for me to start loving other workouts too. Without finding my path of least resistance, I might’ve stayed stuck in the same old cycle.
Figure out what you like doing – that you don’t have to force yourself to do – so that you can make starting easier on yourself. When you like something, it is far easier to stay consistent and requires way less mental energy.
Do an audit of your time
Look at your schedule and figure out where you might be able to carve out some time for your goals. If you’re up for it, document an entire day to see how you’re actually spending your time. Are there points in time where you’re wasting a full half-hour on Instagram mindlessly scrolling? Could you instead use that time to work on your goals?
Here are two helpful reasons to do an audit:
1- To figure out where you have space in your days
If we’re being honest with ourselves, a lot of us do have more time than we want to admit. We likely watch TV, spend far too much time scrolling on our phones, or spend time multi-tasking and unable to create enough dedicated time to get things done quickly.
2- To evaluate when you work best
Let’s say you’re waiting for your evenings in order to run your business, but you’ve been noticing that you don’t have enough energy after a full day of work. Instead of beating yourself up over the fact that you can’t sustain your energy after a full 8+ hours of work, figure out a game plan that works better for you.
Do you have the most energy in the mornings? Maybe dedicate an hour of your morning to your side hustle. Or create space in your weekend to batch work – and leave easy, mindless tasks for while you’re watching TV in the evenings. Be intentional about when you work best, and create a system that works with you, instead of against you.
When it comes to going after your goals, it’s all about making progress. And in order to stay the course, we have to enjoy the process. So don’t forget to create a path for yourself that is enjoyable so that you can sustain your momentum and make it happen. You got this!
How do you find the time and energy to go after your goals? And how can we help you go after your goals? Head to our personal growth club to chat about it.