5 to THRIVE: 5 Steps to Setting More Productive Daily Goals and More Rewards!
Now that most of us are working from home or are on furlough, it can be tough to stick to a routine. Being at home all the time makes us prone to procrastination, distraction, and having so little physical activity can make us incredibly sluggish. This is why it’s so important to stick to our daily goals and create our own little quarantine routines.
That being said, it can seem very intimidating. So we’ve rounded up five ways to help you do it with ease.
1. First things first, tidy up and get comfy
A clean working space makes for a clear mind. Before you sit down to write out your goals, make sure that area is clean, tidy, and a joy to look at.
Grab everything you need to create your to-do list and clear out any distractions. So put a pause on opening Twitter and Netflix for now, sorry, but it had to be said.
Now, this is the most important part, do not skip this: get yourself a nice hot drink in your favorite mug. Bonus points if you put marshmallows in there.
2. Make your goal list into a piece of art
Let’s face it, we’re all less likely to complete a to-do list if it’s written on a random scrap piece of paper. Something easily lost, torn, and downright ugly doesn’t help you plan your goals.
I don’t know about you, but whenever I’ve tried to plan with a bullet journal, I find myself never opening it!
The more visual and clear your goals list is, the better.
3. Visualize practical goals
Sit for a moment and mentally visualize what you wish to get done that day. Envision yourself doing those tasks, and how fulfilled you’ll feel once they’re done.
If you go into a task with dread, then you’ll never get it done, so find the positives to each one. You also need to create a practical list of goals that you know you can finish in one day.
You may not be able to write an entire book in one sitting, but you can write the synopsis. You may not be able to clean every room in the house but tackling one room is totally fine.
Write these goals down on your 1THRIVE Center, and tick each one off as you go along. Trust us, there’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment you get when you cross something off your to-do list
4. Split your work into small chunks, and take breaks!
It may be easy to set goals but finishing them is another story. Even the practical ones, the small ones, and the ones you find enjoyment in can be difficult sometimes.
The key is to split up your goals into smaller, more manageable tasks and take breaks in between. Now that may sound obvious, but how many of us actually take enough breaks every day?
It feels like a good idea at the time to do all the cooking and cleaning in one go, but then after it’s done, aren’t you exhausted? Doesn’t it make you want to take the whole evening off instead?
If you’re painting a landscape, try and focus on the water one day and the sky the next. If you’re working on a report for work, do half before lunch and half after. Take it slow and do physical tasks in between more sedentary ones.
5. Reward yourself, please!
There is no better way to create a healthy and productive habit than to celebrate your first successful try. After you reach your first goal, give yourself a treat!
Whether it’s an hour of TV, a nice glass of wine, or a calming face mask, do something that makes you happy.
Giving yourself little treats after each goal, then one large treat after the list is complete, will make you look forward to another day of productivity. Not only are you more likely to stick to your goals this way, but you’ll also have done wonders for your mental health and confidence!
If you’re ready to start setting daily goals, 1THRIVE has you covered. Our command centers are perfect for goal setting and to-do lists because they are always on display in your home.
If you’re new to the concept, start off simple with our The Brooke, a system that will fit comfortably on pretty much any wall. Write and draw your goals with our liquid chalk markers and plan your deadlines with ease, and unlike a journal, it’s reusable.