It’s a fine Saturday today and I hope your day is going great! Hopefully you’ve got enough time to keep up with your goals and routines. However, it’s totally understandable to get caught up on more normal things and let your goals slide a little. First it’s just having something else you have to get done so you skip out on working toward your goal for the day. It doesn’t make you a bad person.
Then something else comes up the next day. Well you already put off your goal for a day and this other thing is reaaaalllyyy important (even though it’s a terrible inconvenience) so you put off your goals again. Maybe you’re tired the next day after that! After all, you had two emergency things this week! You decide to relax and take it easy before you work on your goals and…. woops! It’s way past time to work on your goal now. Maybe tomorrow you’ll have better luck.
Now it’s not bad to miss a little work here and there. You goals should be filling you with a sense of purpose or excitement, not guilt and dread. However, it’s easy to fall out of a routine in favor of working on other stuff or just being lazy. To keep you on task during the day, I recommend setting reminders for yourself.
There’s passive reminders to keep around. I enjoy putting a caption or quote to a pierce of artwork I have on my wall. Being a star wars-loving furry, I have a picture of Boba Fett on my wall that asks “What makes you happy?” as a reminder that what I’m doing should help me toward my goal or that I shouldn’t waste time on stuff I hate. A passive reminder is just something floating around that you notice sometimes to help ingrain the habit of monitoring your own actions.
Then there’s active reminders. These things pop up to remind you of what you’re supposed to do. It might be a rubber band on your wrist you snap. It could be an alarm clock. Now, it could be an app! I use an app, TimeTune, which lets me set routines for every day and it buzzes me whenever I’m supposed to start a task. It’s on my phone so OF COURSE I have to check it when it buzzes. There’s plenty of times I’m busy with something or just laying on the couch when it comes up and I might have missed my task that day if I hadn’t set that alert on my phone!
So try to put up something in your space with a passive reminder that resonates with you to keep on task. Then, I suggest getting an app on your phone to remind you on a regular basis about the things you need to get done each day (not just a to-do list but something to help you schedule your tasks. I like TimeTune and I hear ToDoist is good too).
Good luck Fuzzbutts!