New year, new decade, new goals and adventures! Have you thought about where 2020 will take you? Maybe you’ve made that bucket list or set some really awesome goals. Are you checking off that bucket list or still waiting? If you said, “still waiting”, you’re not alone.
Procrastination has been called the thief of time and for good reason. If we keep waiting and putting things off, time passes and eventually, there is no time left. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or intimidated by something – even when it’s something we want. Procrastination can take hold in a big way.
Sometimes, we want to do so many things we don’t know where to start. Sometimes, we think time has passed us by and, “I can’t do that.” Sound familiar? If so, here’s some tips for breaking through procrastination and get yourself ready to start making a dent in that goal list.
Are You Excited About Your Plans?
It’s just human nature, if something doesn’t excite us, we’re not very motivated to do it. So, take a look at that list again. Are the things on it activities you’re really wanting to do? Or are they “should” goals? “Should” activities are things we think we should do or are supposed to do, not things we really want to do. So, of course, those goals are not going to be much fun.
If you can’t say you’re excited about your goals, take that list and start over. Keep the things you really, really want to do and let the rest go. You may decide to come back to some of them later. If not, it’s ok. It’s your list. Do it your way.
Are Your Plans Too Big?
Sometimes, we get so excited about something, we plan and over-plan. It is possible to have a goal that is too big. You might want to take a trip but a month-long trip halfway around the world might be more than you bargained for. You’ll probably put that one off.
Or, consider that you may have too much on your plate to even think about adding one more thing, even something fun. The fact is, burnout is real. Left unchecked, it can cause you to avoid even the things you want to do. So, is it procrastination or are you spread a little too thin? If you find there’s just too much, can you ask a loved one to help with the other tasks or are there things that don’t need to be done right now?
Are Your Fears In The Way?
It’s normal to feel apprehensive or even a bit afraid about trying something new or going off for an adventure. That fear can become even more present when there are health or mobility concerns. The “what-if’s” can make getting started a little intimidating.
The good news is that today, there are accommodations in almost any venue or mode of travel. There are adaptive items for almost any need. Travel-friendly utensils, adult clothing protectors, personal hygiene items and more make getting out and about easier than ever. And, if you need help along the way, plan to travel with a trusted friend or loved one. It can be comforting knowing someone you trust is on the journey with you.
What Could You Accomplish?
Goals and bucket lists give us something to look forward to and be hopeful about. Sometimes we can get so caught up in day-to-day things, we lose sight of the fact that we can do things we want to do, not just what we need to do. If you could choose one of your goals, what would that mean for you? What could you accomplish?
Maybe one of your goals for this year is to socialize more with friends. What would it mean for you to be able to meet friends for lunch or for a bridge game or tennis match? Think about how that would feel. And, don’t forget, having a robust social life is a key factor in maintaining health and well-being at every age.
What’s Your Pay Off?
We do things for a reason. If your goals are important to you, what is the reward for achieving them? Foe some, that might mean a personal sense of accomplishment. For others, it might mean the chance for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Still for others, it might mean connecting with friends or loved ones in some way.
Think about your most important goals. What do they really mean to you and what would it mean to achieve them? What would that feel like? If you’ve chosen a meaningful goal, that feeling is pretty good.
At the end of the day, we have to do what makes us happy or fulfills us in some way. This year why not choose to live your life to the fullest and do the things you want most to do. There’s no time like the present to choose a goal. It doesn’t have to be the biggest goal. It just has to be one that matters to you.
No matter where you go or what you choose, ClassyPal adult clothing protectors and personal care products are travel-friendly and ready to go wherever your goals take you!
Here’s to checking off goals on your 2020 list!