Don’t Let Time Freak You Out
Setting timescales can be extremely motivating for some, or feel like a heavy cloud looming in the distance for others.
Setting a deadline can inspire, help you stay focused and ensure that you are taking action, staying committed, working smart and deliberately leaping over obstacles and barriers in your way.
Or, you could get freaked out, because things aren’t going to plan, it’s not happening quick enough, or you’re going to miss the timescale and not have achieved what you set out to do.
When we set out on a goal, we usually have very high expecations of what we are going to have completed by a certain time.
However some us fall into the ‘too high expectations’ category. There is nothing wrong at all with setting goals that require you to push yourself. The problems can arise when you set the goal too high for where you are currently at.
That’s not an invitation to set them too low, you’ll get bored and not be motivated.
Your goals remember should be out of reach, but not out of sight.
Our expectations get us into trouble more often than we’d like to admit. If we expect something to go well and it doesn’t, we feel angry and disappointed. If we expect results by a certain date and it doesn’t happen due to circumstances beyond our control, we can lose all hope and give up because it seems futile to continue. I’m sure you’ve experienced situations like these before – most of us have.
While it’s favorable to set a timeline for completion of your goal, may I suggest you don’t become emotionally attached to the time?
I mean don’t get hooked on the idea of certain things happening at a certain time – especially if those “things” are largely out of your control.
Instead, focus more on your actions than the results. Set a timeline for completion of each of your actions, rather than the results you see from your action steps.
Also, be sure not to set unrealistic timelines.
Don’t create more stress for yourself by taking on a massive project and expecting to complete it within a few days. Moderate, consistent actions will be more effective than getting burned out.