How To Simplify Your Goals and Dreams
The most reassuring thing I’ve learned is that your entire life is inside your head. You know what that means, right? It means you have full control over what you do, how you do it and how much potential you tap into. You can learn everything you need and then put your goals into motion. If you don’t want to do something, you can stop. If you want to make something work, there is ALWAYS a way.
Freelancing doesn’t have to be this big, risky & unachievable target. I believe it is a mix of goal setting, realistic expectations but also fluidity in your plans - not everything has to be mapped out minute by minute.
If you want to make it work, there is ALWAYS a way.
It also doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re an ideas person like me, it’s easy to get distracted by all the shiny objects, then we find ourselves in a state of panic, wondering… ‘How did I get here? Why is this so hard? *weeping emoji*’.
Stacking our plate sky-high is just as bad as not setting goals. SO. How do we get around this?
This year is the year you’ll make things clear, simple and realistic. You’re going to set your goals (whether it’s financial, project based or personal etc.) then work backwards on how you’re going to achieve it. We’ll dive deeper on specifics in a future post!
I know it doesn’t seem like work when you’re sitting in your living room making pretty things - but it is, and your brain needs rest. Never underestimate lunch breaks and getting outside into the fressssh air! My top 3 favourite ways to de-stress are:
Morning walks. Each morning I grab my laptop and walk to a cafe around 30-45mins away from home, order a long black, shoot emails or do some writing, then walk back home at full speed! It get’s me outside, I meet my quota of social contact (and step count), I walk like a speed demon which is epic for my MOOD and I feel super productive, even if all I’ve done is drank my coffee. That’s ‘me’ time, exercise and maybe even work all before 9am (I recommend the early rise!).
Hourly breaks. When you’ve completed a task or you’re starting to glare out the window - take a 5 minute break. By resting your brain more frequently, you’ll avoid tension headaches or feeling stressed because you’re brains no longer working. I tend to stand up and do some basic stretching, fill up my bottle or make myself a herbal tea.
Positive self chat. Often I need to remind myself that I’m just one person and everything will work out in the end. Stress is something that can creep up on us when we don’t expect it and the best we can do can acknowledge it and move forward with a calmer mindset. You can do this!
RE-FOCUS ON THE GOAL.
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves about what we want to achieve and how we plan to do it. We can find ourselves sinking time into pointless tasks that, in the moment, we think is moving us forward but really is just… procrastination! Sneaky sneaky, gets us every time.
You can combat this by asking yourself, ‘how is this task really going to get me closer to the goal?’ If nothing comes to mind, set it aside and move onto something else. Take things day by day, filling your time with meaningful tasks and your goals will get closer and closer.
Freelancing is not a race and your list of things will never end, so you may as well work through each day at a comfortable pace and look after that beautiful, ambitious brain of yours!
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