How many goals should I work on at a time?

As many as you want if you are achieving them…..but if you’re not read on

Do you set yourself a number of goals every month and wonder why you might be coming up short from achieving them? Do you set yourself SMART goals but still find yourself falling short? If yes read on.

I had the same issue when I started working towards my savings goals until I made one change, and that change was life changing for me. One day I stopped working towards multiple savings goals and instead just worked on achieving one goal at a time.

Making the change wasn’t easy to do especially when I would see other people set and achieve their numerous goals. I couldn’t help but compare myself, and wonder what was wrong with me.

Over time the idea of tackling just one goal made more and more sense to me. When you have debt the general consensus on the best way to pay off your debts are one at a time (regardless of the debt snowball or debt avalanche method). So why shouldn’t your post-debt savings goals be tackled in the same way.

Tackling one goal at a time allows you to immerse yourself completely in your goal and your steps towards it.

I honestly believe this is one of the key reasons we’ve been so successful in working towards our goal of 90k in shares in 2020:

  • Its the only goal I have to think about,
  • the only one I have to create a plan for,
  • the only one that’s on my fridge,
  • the only one I need to manifest,
  • and the only one my husband needs to worry about as well.

That last one is super important because my husband doesn’t have the world’s best memory, and reaching our goal is 100% dependant on us both being on the same page.

And if you don’t want to take my word for it take it from the many studies that have been done which show that focusing on one thing at a time is one of the best ways to be more productive. When we immerse ourselves fully into a desired task or goal it allows us to give it our full attention. This in turn improves the chances of us achieving our desired outcome for the task or goal.

I know for me that single goal-making as opposed to multi goal-making has resulted in being able to really fine tune the plan to hit our goal, and make adjustments after an obstacle instead of just throwing in the towel. I also know that if we don’t meet our goal it won’t be for lack of effort on our part. Even the best laid plans don’t always work out, and I know we’ve given 100% to this goal. Regardless of the outcome we have reached higher and further than we have before, and I know that this is because we have been singularly focussed on just one goal.

So if you are struggling with hitting your goals I strongly encourage you to try making just one goal, and focus all of your energy into reaching it.

You’ve got nothing to lose from trying this and everything to gain.

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