Don't worry—I've not gone sports mad (if I'm going to shout at the telly, it will be at the scores on Strictly. Seriously, Craig—get your '10' out!).
My experience is that having a goal can make a hell of a difference. Goodness knows, I can often not practice what I preach and try and do too many things at once and the minute I see myself heading for some 'thin spreading', I reign in and set a goal. And I'm not talking here about those 'change your entire life right now' goals (I like to think of those more as visions)—I mean a 'this is what I am going to focus on today/this week/this month' goal.
Now, I am not pretending to be an expert in goal-setting and all its related subject matter, but what I do know is that when I am in overwhelm and writing a 'to do' list that includes items that are so big they each require their own 'to do' lists, I set a goal.
I pick the most important/impactful/exciting goal that is going to make a difference to me NOW. And that's what I focus on. Some weeks my goal might be a certain number of people I want to be at an event I'm running (and I will name that number). A goal for a day might be to get 10 emails written that need to be sent. Another week, it might be 'map out and write all the copy for the launch'—and so on. But I give these goals a number and a deadline. They are PART of my big hairy goals of course (you know about those ones, right?... the big vision of your business that gets you shrieking with excitement and sh*tting yourself at the same time?).
My immediate answer to overwhelm is a goal—a very focused, totally connected smaller part of a bigger vision, goal. And a stretchy one too. The numbers I always set myself are never super-comfy but they're not ludicrous either. If the goal is too far out of reach I know what I'm like—I won't even bother!
The goals have to mean something, of course. And most of the goals I set for me buy me something. Not all that often an 'actual' something, but instead they'll buy me time—a day off to do my own Thing, or write, or holiday, the chance to attend an event, or whatever I fancy. Often the goals I set buy me peace of mind when I reach them—they tick off something that's been 'bothering me' and turn it into something that's 'taken care of'. And relax... you can now focus on the next goal.
What can you do today that will park all those 'to dos' and get you focused on a goal that's going to make a difference NOW?
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