I’m a natural born procrastinator. I don’t mind admitting it. But I do object to giving into my inner time-waster. After all, there’s things to do, people to see, places to go, challenges to overcome, experiences to, erm, experience. No one ever achieved anything by siting on their ass all day, eyes pointed navel-wards.
But sometimes getting off your ass isn’t enough. You also need a bit of a kick up the booty (more often than not, in my case, a rocket!). And that’s where I find goal setting and bribery comes in useful.
I used to set big scary goals, ones I was too afraid to tackle, or which were too vague to know where to begin. I’ve since learnt that those training guru types who talk about SMART goals and breaking things down into ‘baby steps’ are allowed to be smug, because they’re actually right. Gone is my goal of ‘eating more healthily’, replaced instead by ‘drinking at least 500ml of water each day’. Well, at least, that’s one of this week’s goals.
You see, for the time being I’ve decided to set myself weekly goals. I’m all caught up with the crap that was cluttering up my spare room (and my mind) and I’ve pretty much got the housework into a sort-of routine (more of that in a future blog post) so I need something to focus my mind each week to set me in the right direction and stop me sitting on the sofa reading magazines and eating cream cakes (you laugh, it could so easily happen!). I borrowed the idea of weekly goals from Anna Saccone. She was talking about them in one of her YouTube videos and I had a bit of an epiphany (a.k.a a that ain’t actually a bad idea moment).
But then I had a reality check and knew that a smug feeling of satisfaction wasn’t going to cut the mustard for me. Oh no, I was gonna have to incentivise these babies – that’s where the bribery comes in!
And so for the last couple of weeks, this is what I’ve done…
1. On a Sunday evening I think about what I want to have achieved (above the day-to-day) by this time next week.
2. I write these down as my three ‘weekly goals’.At the moment I use the Notes app on my iPhone, so I can carry my goals around with me – no excuses for forgetting what they were!
3. I then choose an incentive which I’ll treat myself to upon successfully completing the goals.
4. Throughout the week I check in and tick off anything I’ve completed and refocus on anything that needs more work.
5. Then, at the end of the week, if I’ve achieved everything I’ve set out to do, I treat myself.
Here’s this week’s goals and bribe!
I’ve also come up with a version of this for day-to-day to do lists, but that’s for another time.
How do you motivate yourself?