Today, I woke up at eight in the morning, which is an hour earlier than my usual wake-up time. I woke up feeling very motivated to do one thing I’ve planned for myself when I went to bed last night — that is, to set my goals for today.
If you have read my post yesterday, I talked about what keeps me motivated and that was finding someone who believes in you. And because I have found that person in my life, I am now more ready to tackle all the things I need to do and accomplish my goals.
But first, today, I have to set goals for myself. I think that it is very important to do that every day. Not just once a week, once a month, or a once a year, but every-single-day. Why? When you set goals every day, it guides you and keeps your feet in the right direction and allows your hands to do the right thing all the time.
There are two kinds of goals you can set every day. First, your long-term goals and second, your short-term goals.
List down your long-term goals first. What do you want to accomplish in the future that needs more effort and time? Do you want to come up with a research on how you can stop mosquitoes from getting attracted to your beautiful skin? Do you want to visit the Cagayan river* although no one actually wants to go there? Do you want to publish your own self-help book (hey, that’s my long-term goal)?
Whatever long term goals you have, listing them down every single day will keep your head in the game. It helps more when it’s the same long-term goals every day because repeating them in your list will help remind you to accomplish it as soon as you can.
Today, my long-term goals would be about finishing my book and launching a project I am currently working on. It has been my long-term goal for the entire month of May and I’m still working on it every day to make things happen.
Now, list down all your short-term goals. I don’t care whether it’s a small goal like just going to the bathroom for your daily morning detoxification or whatever, jot it down and get it done.
My short-term goals today:
- Get a healthy breakfast ☑️
- Take my vitamins
- Drink more water
- Coffee (because why not?)
- Take a long, refreshing shower
- Write this blogpost and publish it ☑️
- Update my editorial calendar
- PM my client
- Don’t skip lunch
- Remind my loved-ones I love them (very important)
- Read one chapter of The Happiness Project to inject some inspiration into my soul
- Look for more clients and e-mail them
- Respond to work invitations
- Get shit done at work
- Move a lot
Sometimes your short-term goals make up your long-term goals. They are like small steps that lead you into taking your bigger steps. No goals are too small or too big for you to accomplish. But you also have to be very realistic when you set your goals. You have to ask yourself, “Is this something that I can really do? Never underestimate yourself, but also, never overestimate. Just do what you think you can do. After all, no one knows you better than yourself.
Lastly, after setting all your goals, make sure you do your very best to actually accomplish them. If you’re unable to do so, maybe you need to lessen your short-term goals the next day, and make more room for the goals you haven’t accomplished the previous day.
Set your goals and keep yourself motivated.
What are your goals for today?
*Cagayan river is the longest river in the Philippines