Goal Getter (noun) /ɡōl ɡetər/
A motivated person who works relentlessly towards one goal and ultimately achieves it.
As I settle into the third week of classes, the course load is only growing. Group projects are being assigned along with research papers and plenty of homework assignments. On top of all the course work, I struggle to find time for meetings, an internship and of course, my friends.
With all of this going on I have gone into a sort of sensory overload where I'm constantly overwhelmed, and there is this constant nagging feeling that I'm forgetting something.
So, you might be wondering, how do I stay sane?
If it's not in the planner, then it doesn't exist.
If you're as busy as I am, then you now how it goes. You have three appointments in one day, but your friends want to get dinner too. Although you really want to please everyone, it is simply not possible. So, as a simple rule of thumb, always stick to the plans you have written down. Use any free time you have to hang out with your friends or catch up on some reading.
Pencil everything in.
Never make an appointment without writing it down. I guarantee you that you will forget. Maybe not the first time, but somewhere down the line you will forget. We all do it, but it can easily be avoided. Just whip out that planner and a pink pen and write that appointment down.
Write down your goals where you can see them everyday.
The best way to visualize and achieve your goals is to know what your goals are. Write them on your mirror, in the margins of your planner, and anywhere else they will fit. Each place you see your goals will remind you to do things that will help you towards them. Visualization is the first step to achievement.
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.
Everyday, write a list of all the things you need to do and number them from one to the end in order of greatest importance. This will help you stay on task, and finish all of your projects on time.
Allow yourself to make mistakes.
Above all, we are human . We make mistakes, and that is perfectly okay. Don't be too hard on yourself, and remember that you aren't the only one who has forgotten to keep a goal in mind. Without our humanity we wouldn't be the loving and imperfect people that make for an interesting life.