Ways Trying To Be Superwoman Could Be Keeping You From Your Goals
Women who get things done know that the best way to accomplish your goals is to work hard and stay focused. But sometimes there is there such a thing as working too hard when you’re determined to get to the top.
Staying focused is always an important part of success. But when you don’t cut yourself a little slack from time to time, you could slow down your progress or lose your direction on the way to what you really want.
Whether it’s taking well-deserved breaks or asking for help from the right people, doing yourself these favors is the best way to work smarter and not harder to avoid burnout.
You’re Not Eating Well
Losing 10 pounds and getting a promotion might be on your goal list right now. But be careful about working hard to make both things happen at once. When your blood sugar is low, it’s hard to stay focused on your goals. Eating every three to four hours is the best way to keep your mind sharp (especially if you eat these foods).
You’re Not Taking Breaks
You might have the willpower to keep working all night, but your brain needs to take a break.
Work for longer than 90 or 120 minutes without a break and you lose focus and your project takes even longer to complete. Get back on track by giving yourself 15-minute breaks away from your desk. Walking is a great way to recharge your batteries fast.
You’re Burning the Midnight Oil
Get less than five or six hours of sleep and you will only be able to work about half as hard as you would have if you got some z’s. Less sleep causes your motivation take a dip.
If you need to stay focused or get something done quickly, sleep an extra two hours and you will work a lot faster.
You’re Not Letting Music Motivate You
A workout playlist goes a long way at the gym, but it also helps out a lot at your desk. It keeps you focused on your goals and helps you avoid distractions.
You’re Stuck on the Same Old Stuff
It’s really hard to get motivated when you’re bored. A great way to feel driven again is to start a new project, even if it has to be outside of work.
Join a new CrossFit gym instead of just hitting the elliptical, or switch to another part of a big project. It’s easier to get excited about something new than to spend more time on the same old thing.
You’re Not Seeing Your Vision on Instagram
From lifestyle ambassadors to fitness gurus and mommy bloggers, there’s someone on Instagram who can motivate you to lead the life you want.
Once you find them, add them to your feed. Keeping your eye on your goals will keep you brainstorming about how to get on the same level. But be sure to unfollow if you find yourself feeling more jealous than motivated.
You Don’t Treat Yourself
The satisfaction of a job well done isn’t always enough to keep you inspired.
A better way? Reward yourself for reaching smaller goals to keep you looking forward to your next milestone on the way to your end goal.
You Don’t Have Someone Holding You Accountable
Sometimes someone who is always on your case can be a blessing. Tell them about your plans and let them be a constant reminder that you need to stay on the ball.
You’re Not Receiving Feedback
No matter where you’re going, there is someone who has been there before. Asking a mentor, trainer or even life coach if your plan is the best way to get you to where you want to go can keep you from wasting time making wrong turns.
You’re Wasting Energy on Things You Can’t Control
Worrying is wasted energy. A better plan of action is to focus on what plan B and C will be, then get right back to the task at hand.
You’ve Forgotten “Why”
When you’re focused on the grind, it’s easy to lose motivation when you forget about why you’re doing it in the first place. Taking time out to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing can light the fire under you again.
You’re Not Dressing the Part
There’s nothing like a new wardrobe to keep you motivated. Whether it’s workout clothes or power suits, dressing the part can be the first step on the way to living it.
You Don’t Have a Deadline
How much can you get done in an hour? Where do you want to be by the end of the week?
Timing yourself is a great way to break a big goal down into mini challenges that will keep you on your toes.
You’re Not Letting Your Phone Help You Out
There are lots of apps that help you stay focused on your goals with planning tools and digital reminders. Download them and get to work.