Over the past few weeks, the goals that I’ve been setting haven’t been changing all that much. Of course, it’s to be expected when you are developing a habit. But I mean that my goals haven’t been increasing in difficulty either. I realized this week that I was going through the motions.
And it was getting pretty old.
I’ve stepped up my goals for this week to make them more challenging and interesting for myself, however it’s still something worth talking about. I know I’m not the only one who is used to going through the motions.
Why going through the motions gets old (and how to fix it)
In our lives we run a very typical day. Whatever our typical day happens to be like. Monday’s for me consist of me sitting at my desk. When I went to school I had a particular route I took. I sat in the same chair in whatever class I went to.
This sort of stuff works like clockwork for us when we have a specific routine to things.
Even though in some cases it never gets old, there are some cases where it does.
For example, I will never get tired of writing, but clearly I got tired of trying to achieve the same goals over and over again. Writing is unique enough to me that even though I’m doing the same action, every piece I write is different.
My point in all of this is if something is routine, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Routine can be incredibly helpful depending on what it is that’s routine.
But for a lot of people, that routine can be terrible
I immediately think about the routine I had when I was working during the co-operative program through school. I woke up early, got ready for work, worked, came back home and did nothing the rest of the evening.
There wasn’t anything that was different about my day except for the work that I did that day. Worst of all is that I’m not alone in that. Many people feel they are doing this and they’re utterly trapped.
Whether it’s with your goals or with your life in general though, there are ways to fix it.
For one you can make changes
For myself I reminded myself that I have other tasks outside of my goals. That even though my goals matter, they’re not the only things I have to accomplish.
Furthermore I’m actually setting timers as well to ensure I’m not swayed by distractions as much. I want to ensure that I’m keeping a steady flow of work for myself.
In the end, find a method that works best for you. Whether it’s writing things down or telling yourself on a daily basis what you want to do. Start making those changes in your life and see how they go.
Push yourself further
One thing that I’ve been doing with my writing is leaning more on that timer. Even though I use it to set deadlines for myself, I test myself how quickly I can get the task done. Not to mention keep it at the same level of quality I typically put out.
Time is of course a precious commodity that we all have, so timing yourself to see how quickly you can do something can be used as more of a challenge in your life. Especially when you are at a stage where what you are doing is already a habit in of itself.
Either way, continue to experiment.
Be bolder with your goals and actions. When you are stuck in a rut, one of the easiest things to do is to do something bold. Whether it’s walking a slightly different route you’d take normally or ordering something different. Mix things up and be open to new experiences.
Not to mention have a child-like wonder for everything.
What sort of tips would you suggest? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
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