Day 2: Vision and Goals –
OK, so you’ve picked an area to work on. So it’s time to set a goal and consider what you want your new behavior to look like. Consider your motivation. Consider the future. Consider the benefits of achieving your goal. Make lists if they’re helpful for you. And be sure to write out your goal/s – ideally picking ones that are measureable and concrete. For example, “eat healthier” is too vague. What does that look like and how can you measure success? Instead, “eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day” is a measureable goal that you can accomplish.
Since I’m right there with you this week in taking the change, I’ll share how I’m working through the process and changing my procrastination habits:
Vision: To create more peace in my life. (Feel free to elaborate on this for you situation… I didn’t want to bore you with mine.)
Goal #1: Make a list of outstanding tasks that need to be completed. Each morning, work on one item for 20 minutes before I respond to email or engage in social media.
Goal #2: Every night before bed, spend 15 minutes doing housework/organizing.
Note: I can add to these goals as needed.
Honor God with my time and activities.
Reduce stress and “last minute” running around.
Create a more restful environment.
Free up time for quality family time and recreation.
Motivation: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23
One final thought for today. Be sure to consider if you’d benefit from seeking the help of a professional. Depending on the behavior you want to change, you may want to see a licensed counselor, physical trainer, professional organizer, a registered dietitian, etc. Seek and use outside resources if it’s appropriate to help you with your goals.