The social media sabbatical yesterday proved to be quite interesting. I can’t count how often I instinctively tapped the social media icons on my phone to check what was going on, but before it could load, I closed the app. It got easier as the day passed, but then I found the same urge return towards the evening. I suspect that somewhere in there lies a reflection of my emotional journey through a normal day.
I guess the important part was that I was able to resist the urge to go online even though there was no one there to stop me, or keep me honest. How did you do with this challenge? Was it a struggle? Did you cave in after seeing the notification alerts accumulating in your status bar? Or did you decide to go cold-turkey and just set your phone aside for the day to avoid the temptation completely?
Day 7: Make a list of short term goals
Oddly enough, the first thing that struck me about today’s challenge is that my short term goals could easily be previously neglected long term goals. Something that I was planning to do for such a long time, and only making incremental progress towards achieving, can now become a short term goal to finish the final leg of it.
Setting goals denies procrastination its triumph. Keep it simple, as always. Complex things should only ever be planned for if it is out of our control. Otherwise short bursts of simple stuff create a beautifully complex whole, without the complexity. Think about that when setting your goals. Look at a big project, like maybe doing a room make over, and select one independent component of that to get you started.Trying to finish the entire thing in one go is a lot more demanding of your time, effort, resources, budget, and it means excluding other activities for a much longer period while the project is in play.
Simplifying Complex Closing Thoughts
If you have been putting a big project off for a long time, maybe now is a good time to choose a meaningful starting point and make that a short term goal. Sometimes we need a piece of what we hope to achieve to become tangible and real before we find the motivation or impetus to pursue it to the end. It could be the difference between dreaming of big things and achieving very little, or doing a lot of small things so that we one day find ourselves looking back and staring in awe at how much we have accomplished.
It is easy to get drawn into the mindset of wanting to be celebrated for a massive achievement. However, that same mindset also convinces us that the ‘go-big-or-go-home’ mentality is the only one worth achieving. Perhaps a good exercise in mindfulness while completing today’s challenge is to look around you and notice how some of the big things you appreciate could so easily have been unachievable if there was a simple small thing that was not achieved independent of the big audacious goals.
Like a car, all that amazing engineering and design is entirely wasted if we put the wrong fuel in the tank. What’s the fuel that gives you what you need to be awesome, or to achieve awesome things?