Crushing Your Goals
As summer begins to wind down the energy of change is beginning to make its appearance. The anticipation of a new season, school starting, and finishing out the final months of the year are being felt all around us. Being faced with change presents an opportunity to notice how we rise to the challenge of things looking, feeling, and being different than they used to be. Do we fall apart? Do we embrace change? Perhaps a little of both?
For me, creating daily rituals helps to keep me focused and aligned. These actions ground me into intentionality so that I can do my best to embrace change and at the same time be clear on how I want to spend each day and where I want my energy to go.
If you have seen me for a session or been to any of my workshops, you know that I am big on journaling. Journaling is a part of my daily rituals, and I think one of the most important things we can do not only to brain dump the incessant thoughts running through our minds, but also is a wonderful tool for recording emotions, moods, ideas, insights, and goal setting—which is what I want to dive deeper into today.
We tend to approach daily goal setting as long lists comprised of work projects, chores, and errands. Practicing The Bullet Journal Method has really taught me how to simplify my lists, be ok with migrating a task to another day, or even canceling something that after some thought wasn’t something I wanted to do. As The Bullet Journal has inspired me, I want to pass along wisdom that I have gained through the process, add in a spiritual + energetic component to your lists, and give you a fresh, inspired way to start playing with your own daily goal lists.
What you will need:
Paper or journal
Complete your work and errand list the evening before so you dump that information from your brain before you go to sleep. It will help with stress levels and allow you to sleep more soundly. When you wake up, and have two minutes to yourself in the morning, write your second list following the prompts below.
Before you begin, look over your first list from the night before and see if there is anything that you can migrate to another day. Ask yourself, “Does this (blank) need to be done today and is this the best use of my time and energy?” If the answer is no just move it to another day during the week. If it’s yes, then keep it.
Now, move on to your second goal list for the day and ask yourself these questions:
What is one thing I can do for self-care today?
Self-care can be exercise, yoga, meditation, massage, acupuncture, breathing, mindfulness, healing sessions, painting, being outdoors, eating healthy etc. Just choose one thing that you can do to honor your energy for that day.
How I will show up in my relationships?
This includes how you treat yourself, your partner, kids, co-workers, and even strangers.
What do I want to spend my energy on today?
You may have several answers here since most of us work and our energy goes there daily, but what else can you add in? Maybe it’s how you show up at work, or how you feel at work?
How do I want my day to unfold?
I think this is a big one and a huge part of being a co-creator with the universe! Just spend a moment with your eyes closed, feeling into your body, and visualize how your want your day to go. Do you see yourself not hitting traffic or if you do maybe enjoying it? Do people treat you well? Do you have positive experiences at work? Do your kids get along? Allow this to be a stream of consciousness exercise and then write it down in brief statements—traffic easy, work great, kind interactions all day, kids don’t fight…
If you have never journaled or created daily goal lists my advice is to just start. Get creative with what I have shared here. Maybe you have a different way of asking these questions or want to add in more? Be playful and enjoy this process of creating your goals and then crushing them!