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We’ve all been there more often than we would like – struggling to focus and follow through on our goals.
Perhaps for you, it’s a major challenge to stay focused at work, while studying, or maybe even while working from home.
Excitement and energy about our goals are high when we first set goals, but somehow both seem to evaporate quickly when it comes to staying consistent and committed. Do you know the feeling?
If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place! You are definitely not the only who wants to stay focused in life, but just can’t.
Between goal setting and achieving your goals, there are many obstacles to overcome, including beating procrastinating and becoming more productive, but none is as common as needing to stay focused and stay motivated.
So how do you train your brain to stay focused on your goals?
I reached out to 32 experts asking them this exact question and they’ve generously shared their #1 tip for staying focused on their goals.
As you’ll discover, there is no one answer to this question, but a great place to start is to have a plan and commit to sticking with it and seeing it through. From there you can focus on the practicalities of focusing your mind on whatever it is you need to do that day to achieve your goal.
Test and try the following strategies for staying focused, they’ve worked for our experts and they will likely work for you too.
Let’s learn how to stay focused and achieve our goals!
Plan Your Time and Set Goals
How do you stay focused on your goals? Finding it hard to avoid distractions and stay focused? In order to focus on your goals, you first need to know what they are. That’s why your first step towards being more focused is to make a plan, set goals and plan out your time. Knowing what you need to do, helps you prioritize your time at home, school or work. Here’s how:
- Wake Up with a Plan
- Set Goals for Each Month
- Break Your Goals Down
- Be Intentional With Your Time
- Keep A Journal
- Write Your Goals in Multiple Places
#1. Wake Up with a Plan
Cortney Johnson, Life Lived Fearless
“Staying focused to achieve a goal requires consistency. You can’t expect to put in work one day and think that will carry you through the week.
Putting work into it every day keeps you focused, motivated and also helps to make it a habit. Staying consistent sets you up for success!”
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#2. Set Goals for Each Month
Divine M, Ladies Make Money
“What’s your #1 tip for staying focused on your goal? Each month I set goals for what I would like to achieve for my business, personal life, and my relationship life. I write it down on a stick note and stick it on my computer. This acts as a reminder each time I sit down to work in the morning.
Examples of my work goals could be – I want to get X amount of traffic for August, and September would be, I want to hit $5000 in income with my goal. In my notepad, I make notes and plan out exactly how I am going to achieve this. A few ways could be writing 10 more affiliate based posts, emailing my list twice during the month with an amazing product I am using.
With this list in hand, I feel organized and tick off the tasks as I work during the month. My secret is to keep the tasks to no more than 3-5 items to avoid overwhelm.”
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#3. Break Your Goals Down
Jenny Welsh, Home After Three
You can do this by breaking down your big goals into smaller and more manageable tasks.
Creating a schedule for how you will accomplish your goals will help you complete those small tasks and achieve your goal with less stress.”
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#4. Be Intentional With Your Time
Vox Lovejoy, Blooming Prejippe
“Stay focused by being intentional with your time.
While I plan my month ahead, I also take those bigger goals and fill in an additional weekly planner page that helps me focus on my 5 biggest goals for the week (including my 2 weekly post—one video and one blog post)—and 3 bigger goals that impact my business (like writing my eBook and seeking new business with a focus on researching and approaching new prospects).
Creating an actual plan in your planner helps!”
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#5. Keep a Journal
Cole Nemeth, She Monster Media
“I’m a big fan of goal setting! At the same time, I’m a dreamer and I get easily distracted.
In order to stay focused on a goal and actually achieve it, I keep a daily journal. I write out yearly goals, monthly goals, weekly goals, and even daily to-do lists. That way I can break my bigger goals into smaller, more manageable goals with specific tasks that are easy to accomplish each day.”
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#6. Write Your Goals in Multiple Places
Kasey Luck, Bold & Zesty
“I write out my goal and have it in a few different places: printed out (sometimes I put it on the wall right in front of my desk), and also in an Evernote note.
I word it in a way as if it already happened, so it becomes a sort of “incantation” or a visualization exercise, and I repeat it every morning.
When I walk and I repeat it out loud with an emotional intensity that helps me visualize and FEEL as if it’s already accomplished.”
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Think Success, See Success Daily
Want to know the secret to staying committed long term? You have to think and see yourself as successful every single day. Know why your goal is important, visualize yourself as the successful person you’ve already dreamed you’d be. Staying focused is about training your subconscious mind to be focused, having a purpose is a perfect way to do that. Here’s how:
- Have a Mantra
- Create a Vision Board
- Think About Your Goal Daily
- Picture Yourself Achieving Your Goal
- Imagine the Finish Line
- Know Your Why
#7. Have a Mantra
Rebecca Lake, Boss Single Mama
“Having a mantra! It might sound silly but having a simple phrase I play on repeat in my head to remind me of my purpose has been HUGE in helping me stay focused and smash my business and financial goals.
So, when I first started freelancing, my mantra was “Earn more, work less”. That became my daily prayer/mantra/self-talk and it was a constant reminder of what I wanted to achieve with putting in so many hours a day initially to build my business.
Another trick I used with my financial goals was to make my goal my password for everything. Say your goal was to save $20,000 to buy a home this year. You might change your password to something like save$20k2018$ or something like that.
I know these two things sound kinda crazy but I swear by them and I’m still using these strategies and nailing my goals. I think there’s a lot to be said for visualization and thinking about your goal as if you’ve already achieved it.“
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#8. Create a Vision Board
Melissa Gonzales, Mint Tea and Elephants
“Write down your goals. Daily to-do lists, your ideal career trajectory, the kind of family that you want to have, travel plans…write them down.
If you want to up the ante, create a vision board of your goals and display it in your home where it’ll be in your face.
Instead of pinning random stuff, create a secret board on Pinterest dedicated to the life that you’re working to achieve. Your phone, tablet, and laptop screens are valuable real estate. Fill them with images of your goals so that your dreams are always on the move with you. Good luck!”
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#9. Think About Your Goal Daily
Sedale McCall, Today on Social
“Let your dreams fuel you every day. If it’s making a full-time income blogging or starting a charity or going on vacation to Hawaii, think about that every day.
When you’re not working, picture yourself on the beach, at home with your kids or making a donation. If your dream is exciting to you, the work it takes to get there will be exciting.
Also put a date on your dream, one that you feel comfortable achieving (so it doesn’t scare you!). And remember, today is one day closer to when all your dreams come true. Then get to work!”
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#10. Picture Yourself Achieving Your Goal
Carla Büchsenschütz, Exciting Adventure
“You have to visualize your goal. Want it so bad that you can picture yourself achieving it and how amazing you will feel when you do.
That way it is easy to stick to it and your mind will find ways to make it happen. Knowing what your goal is and why it matters so much to you is the most important thing.”
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#11. Imagine the Finish Line
Joseph Rollins, Debt to Dough
“My #1 tip for staying focused on my goal: When creating my goal I help imagine myself at the finish line and reverse engineering my path to how I got there.
This helps me stay focused and motivated because as I make progress, I am actually doing what I imagined.
This keeps me inspired, motivated, and focused to continue on succeeding on my goal.”
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#12. Know Your Why
Masha, Masha Plans
“There’re many techniques and they work differently for different people. As for me, my number one tip would be to know why you want to achieve this.
It is very easy to lose motivation, to get tired and distracted. But as long as you have an understanding, as long as this is actually your goal – you will keep on it.
You must know that you are the one who wants that, know what are your reasons to set that goal and what is it you will get once you achieve it.”
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Take it One Small Step At A Time
How do you stay focused and motivated? You have to simply take it one tiny step at a time. Staying focused means you’re maintaining a commitment to one goal, project or task over a period of time. Not all things can be accomplished in one day, so you have to maintain momentum over time. Focus on what you can do today, what can be accomplished now. Here’s how:
- Eat, Breathe and Live Your Goal
- Build a Little Each Day
- Divide Your Goal into Smaller Milestones
- Celebrate Small Victories
#13. Eat, Breathe and Live Your Goal
Natalie Moncada, My Day Dream Bookkeeping
“In order to stay focused on your #1 goal, you need to dig deep. Write the goal down, why it’s important, and the steps you will need to accomplish it.
Then you simply eat, breathe, and live this goal every day. That might mean taping it up somewhere and looking at it every day so that you get that surge of excitement every time you see it.
Every task you do needs to somehow be in service of accomplishing this goal. And if the goal doesn’t excite you, then it might not be the right goal for you.”
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#14. Build a Little Each Day
Jeanine Lett, The Business Ref
“My #1 tip for staying focused on your goals is to break down your big goals into smaller daily tasks.
Build a little each day toward your goal. Looking at the big picture can be daunting at times, start small and scale upward.”
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#15. Divide Your Goal into Smaller Milestones
“Always have the main goal in mind but divide it into smaller milestones that will help you get to the finish line.
I usually work on a daily and weekly basis which helps me reach my mini goals but also reduces the overall stress that comes with underperforming or not reaching that huge goal.”
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#16. Celebrate Small Victories
Deanna Campbell, She Works at Home
“#1 I see my goal as not only a destination but also a journey.
The way I stay focused on a goal is by celebrating the small victories along the way, whether it is signing up with a new affiliate, writing a blog post or earning a commission.
I know that each step I take brings me closer to my goal.”
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Stick with It and Stay Committed
Find it hard to stay committed to a single goal? Always getting distracted by new ideas? You need to learn how to stick with it long-term. The following strategies will help you with that, so you can avoid those shiny objects that will try and take your attention. Here’s how:
- Pick a Path and Stick to It
- Have Tunnel Vision for Your Goals
- Consistently Better Yourself
- Create a Follow Up Process
- Test Your Daily Endurance
#17. Pick a Path and Stick to It
Kate Findley, Generate Magic
“My #1 tip on staying focused on your goal is to pick one path and stick with it.
For instance, when my goal was to learn SEO, I had a million tabs open on my computer and was trying to piece together tons of contradictory information. It was very overwhelming. Finally, I bought a book on SEO, closed out all the tabs, followed the directions in the book step-by-step, and learned SEO basics in a couple of hours.
With all the free information available out there, it’s so easy to get bogged down and never get started!”
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#18. Have Tunnel Vision for Your Goals
Jasmine Adams, Jasmine & Co.
“Know how and when to block out distractions. It’s so easy to get distracted by temporary things in your life, we all have encountered this at some point.
What separates successful and unsuccessful are the people that have a tunnel vision to where they’re headed no matter the cost to do it. You may miss out on what you think are important things in life, but you have to stay focused on the bigger picture.
Always set your goals, small or large and stay tunnel-visioned for those goals until they are reached. Even the smallest goals in life can create more satisfaction than you think and with that rush of satisfaction can cause a ripple effect that can definitely benefit you long-term.”
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#19. Consistently Better Yourself
“Consistency is my number one tip for working toward my goals. What this means is consistently working to find ways to be better.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, work to figure out how you can become more efficient.
If you find that you are losing your motivation, seek ways to motivate yourself. The key is to constantly push yourself toward your goals. Things can feel overwhelming at times, but my number one thing that keeps me going is consistently pushing to be a better version of me.“
#20. Create a Follow Up Process
Dalmaris González, Keep Life Simple Today
“Suppose you have written your goal in a SMART goal format, very specific with a clear gap to reach and measure and a deadline.
However, I suggest you have a personal tracking system with 2 characteristics: it requires to be periodically and consistent. Define if you are going to have a review of your goal and action plan weekly or monthly.
The follow-up process helps you stay focused on your goal and let you know if your action plan is functioning or you need to change it. ”
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#21. Test Your Daily Endurance
Jo Clark, Work It Sister
“It was six months before the London 2012 Olympics and Michael Johnson four times Olympic Gold medalist asked me, to ask myself two questions that made me work harder than I ever have before.
These simple questions, I would repeat daily for six months enabled me to stay focused on my goals, test my endurance to the limit and do more than I ever thought I could. It’s become my no 1 goal slaying method.
- “Have I done my personal best today?”
- “Have I done everything I need to do today to reach my goal?”
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Be Accountable and Build Community
Do you have an accountability partner? Have you built a supportive community? To stay focused on your goals you need help. You don’t have to do this on your own. Let someone in on your journey, and keep each other accountable. Regular check-ins with like-minded people will keep you focused.
- Do Regular Check-Ins
- Hold Yourself Accountable
- Make a Public Commitment
- Say It Outloud Often
- Find People Who Share the Same Goals
- Surround Yourself with Like-minded People
#22. Do Regular Check-Ins
Desi Rottman, desi does
“If you have a long-term goal, do monthly or quarterly check-ins.
This will force you to regularly review your goal and progress and see what else you have to go!”
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#23. Hold Yourself Accountable
Mandy, One Motivated Mommy
“My #1 tip is to hold myself accountable because ultimately, I am the one responsible for my success or failure.
I have personal goal-setting retreats, which I do often, to review current projects and plan my new bigger goals. Then, I break down those large goals into smaller goals/tasks to be completed every day, which makes it manageable and prevents overwhelm.
I know that if I want to see my goals accomplished, I have to be the one to keep myself motivated and just get it done! So checking my progress and planning on a regular basis keeps me focused.”
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#24. Make a Public Commitment
Rita Golstein-Galperin, Reinvent Yourself Club
“Public commitment works magic towards achieving your goals. If we have a goal, and it’s merely in our minds, it’s easy to procrastinate forever.
Even if you write in down on a piece of paper (and you should!) it’s still evasive. So my #1 tip is: SHOUT OUT YOUR DREAMS!
Write a blog post, share your goal on social media, send an email to your friends…. Just make the commitment public, as a way to enhance your own accountability towards your goal.”
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#25. Say It Outloud Often
Thomas Minter, The City For Millennials
“It is important to formalize goals that are specific, measurable, and attainable. Focusing in on your goal will help streamline your success.
My #1 tip for staying focused on your goal is to repeat it out loud to friends and family often. When you share your aspirations with others, you create a motivation network. This web of support will hold you accountable and give you the inspiration to drive towards that goal!
My goal is to achieve financial freedom while living in an expensive city. I share this with you all to help keep me focused and motivated!”
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#26. Find People Who Share the Same Goals
Saranya Ramanathan, One Fine Wallet
“A great way to focus is to reach out and get help.
Find a couple of like-minded people that share the same goals. Work together and help each other grow.
I had some amazing bloggers that helped me grow my blog to reach my goal of creating an income from home.”
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#27. Surround Yourself with Like-minded People
Faizan, Self-Hosted Life
“I just avoid things that distract me from my goals and waste my time it can be anything like watching TVs, getting involved in useless social media chats.
Instead, I use my time to surround myself with like-minded people, that’s one of the best practice I do to stay focused for my goals, just because by seeing these people I get to know about many new ideas to slay my goals.
I get inspired by these people every time. And I consider motivation and inspiration are the things that keep you focused on your goals.”
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Stay Inspired and Be Mindful
Looking for ways to stay focused in life? You need to be mindful of how you feel each day. Some days you’ll be on the top of the world, others you’ll feel unmotivated. In those moments, find ways to stay inspired. What gives you the energy to take action? You need to know. Here are some ideas:
- Watch Inspiring YouTube Videos
- Take Mindful Breaks Every Day
- Make Peace with the Ebb and Flow of Life
- Manage Stress and Anxiety
- Balance MASS (Mindfulness, Alignment, Spirituality & Self-Care)
#28. Watch Inspiring YouTube Videos
“My main strategy for staying focused is to regularly watch and discuss YouTube videos related to my future life goals. This helps me to gain a realistic picture of what my future life may be like. This also gives me a better understanding of the amount of income I’ll need for this lifestyle.
I also talk to my family about when I intend to reach my goals. Having a clear time frame motivates me and keeps me focused on taking consistent short and medium-term actions that will make my future lifestyle a reality.”
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#29. Take Mindful Breaks Every Day
“I find it incredibly important to remind myself to take periodic breaks throughout the work day in order to stay focused on a goal.
Taking a breather from a project can help me to regain clarity over my thoughts and to work more efficiently when I return to my task. Mindfulness practices like taking a walk in nature or focused breathing also help me to benefit from this time away from my computer screen or notepad.”
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#30. Make Peace with the Ebb and Flow of Life
Krista, A Life in Progress
“My #1 tip for staying focused on your goals is to make peace with the ebb and flow of life – including seasons of feeling a little stuck or tangled up in self-doubt.
Instead of panicking, numbing out, or running away in these seasons, it is powerful to understand that feeling stuck can be an opportunity to get still, tune out the noise, and listen in to what you most want and need before stepping out into purposeful action once again. It’s a happy thing.”
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#31. Manage Stress and Anxiety
“My number one tip to stay goal-focused is to know how to manage stress when it comes.
Personally, I set pretty high goals for myself, and they can become stressful really quick. If I don’t know how to manage it, I lose sight of my “why” and my anxiety and depression take control. When I find the best ways to balance stress with everything else, I feel the most motivated to tackle my goals like a champ.”
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#32. Balance MASS (Mindfulness, Alignment, Spirituality & Self-Care)
Laura-Lee Bowers, La Lee Lifestyle
“Your life is the sum of your MASS: Mindfulness, Alignment, Spirituality & Self-Care. Staying (slaying) focussed on your goals requires a balanced approach to MASS.
By implementing the *right* routines, morning and night, you position yourself to stay (slay) on the path to your dreams—making progress—everyday. Balancing my MASS is how I traveled all over the world in my teens, killed it at university without a high school education, and started a business after only ever training in scientific theory!
It’s also how I stay fit without effort and is truly the backbone of absolutely any endeavor. No matter what your goals are, Mindfulness, Alignment, Spirituality & Self-Care will get you there and keep you happy while keeping you on track! We only want sustainable goal attainment, right? Stay happy, focussed and slay. Balance MASS.”
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Slay Focused and Slay Your Goals
Ready to stay focused on your goals? To beat distractions and finally follow through on your plans?
Anyone can set a goal, even fewer people get started on that goal and even less stay focused long enough to achieve it.
Be the person who stays committed, stays consistent long enough to see results.
And please, don’t feel bad or guilty for losing your motivation or feeling unfocused at times. This is completely normal!
Just start again, by creating a clear and focused plan for your goals, then build on it using the above strategies to stay focused.
Once you start seeing actual evidence that you are making progress, you’ll be more inspired to keep going.
That’s not only how you focus, but also follow through on your goals.
How do you stay focused on your goals?
Last Updated on January 10, 2021