1. Look ahead and visualize
I am a firm believer in visualization, which is the practice of interpreting ideas in a visual way. I’ve found that this magic technique helps to give goals — both short- and long-term — more shape, and can be the secret to accomplishing them.
First, look ahead to your end date, or when you want to have your goal(s) accomplished by (remember: deadlines are your friend). Picture not only what you want to have done by that time but also how that will make you feel.
On Sunday, take a moment to find a quiet space where you can sit with a pen and paper, turn on music you love and let the visualization session begin. Imagine the upcoming Friday: How do you feel? What are you thinking? How will you react as you close the door on another work week and walk into the weekend?
When I look ahead to next Friday, I want to feel centered and organized knowing that I have closed our professional tasks so that I can focus on time with my family. I envision myself closing my computer knowing that I have completed the weekly writing goals that I’ve set. I then imagine joining my daughter in the den and playing with her (no distractions) and relaxing with a cup of coffee with my work week behind me.
Once you have your mental snapshot — hang onto it. It will act as an anchor during the next exercise and will also be incredibly handy to remind yourself of during the week.