Set a schedule.
The easiest way to reaching your goal is to create a schedule, and stick to it. How many hours per day can you honestly set aside for reaching your goal? What part of the day is the best time to work on reaching your goal?
A schedule also means having a specific place for you to do your work. Choose something that will benefit the kind of work that you are doing and the kind of person you are.
Make a checklist.
Checklists show you where you are, how much you have progressed, and what still needs to be done in order to achieve your goal.
Make it a habit.
It is not enough, of course, to simply make a schedule. After all, creating one is easy – it is the “doing” part that is difficult. To make it easier for you to keep to your schedule, you have to turn it into a habit. Treat it as an integral part of your day that you absolutely cannot miss.
You do not automatically search for caffeine in the morning just because it wants to. You trained yourself by repetitive action, strengthened by your desire for a delicious cup of coffee. Your mind doesn’t look for your daily fix of talk shows for no reason either, you trained your brain to do that as well.
So why not train yourself to make your goal achievement schedule a part of your daily routine as well?
Distraction is your focus’ greatest enemy. Like temptation, it is insidious and will find all sorts of ways to mess with your concentration. Before you even start working, you should start by eliminating all possible sources of distraction.
Distraction can also be internal. These are those niggling doubts and worries that do nothing to help you reach your goal. You need to practice pushing them to the back of your mind. Keep practicing and they soon won’t be a bother at all!
It is critical that you do not allow yourself any excuses. If you do, then the excuses will never stop. Your body has a “giving-in” muscle and every time you give in, it gets more powerful. Before you know it, that muscle has been flexed so much that it is impossible to ignore.