Setting goals is a great way to gain clarity and to stayed focused. But when you have too many, it can end up being a huge distraction. When we divide our focus, we may feel stuck and unsure of which direction to go. Even if you do intend to achieve multiple goals, it’s best to stick to a select few, to ensure that you are heading the right direction.
Think about when you are heading out somewhere. Let’s say you decide to check out that new electronics store. But a few minutes later into your walk, you think to yourself, “Hmm, maybe I should go for a run at the park.” So as you’re heading back home to grab some workout clothes, you suddenly think about that book that you’ve always wanted to read. You have an urge to go to the bookstore. “Ehhh, I’ll go for that run later.” But then as you’re on the way to the bookstore, you suddenly stop yourself and think about whether you should spend any money. You start thinking about a business project you’re walking on. “Maybe I should head back.” And as your thoughts are spinning around, you end wasting more time, not really sure what you should do.
You see how confusing it can be? You want to do all these different things, but you end up doing nothing. So unless you’re one of those people who can look at a long list of projects and quickly choose one to work on right away, I highly suggest that you choose one priority goal and give all your attention to it. You can even make a list of priorities. That way if you ever feel like shifting focus or you’ve completed your first goal, you can easily switch over to the next goal.