goals

The Key To Lasting Behavioural Change: Think Goal, Not Tactic

Even the most motivated people can get stuck, frustrated, and lose hope during the process of behavioural change. Why can’t you force yourself to go to the gym before work? Or get high-priority tasks done before checking email? We become so fixated on specific tactics that we lose sight of the fact that many methods could lead to achieving their larger strategic goals.


'The Goal Isn't To Be Frugal Forever'

Being frugal is good. Saving money is such an obvious benefit to our lives that it drives our whole economy. However, as finance blog The College Investor points out, we aren’t meant to stay frugal forever.


Track Every Small Progress For A Successful 'Done List'

The “Done List” is a popular productivity method for those who prefer to track their achievements than make task lists. 99U reminds us that it’s not just about what you achieve though; these lists should include all progress you make.


How To Stay Focused On Your Goals When You Get Bored

We all have goals and dreams, but it can be difficult to stick with them. Each week, I hear from people who say things like “I start with good intentions, but I can’t seem to maintain my consistency for a long period of time.” Or they will say “I struggle with mental endurance. I get started but I can’t seem to follow through and stay focused for very long.” Don’t worry. I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else.


Why 'The Process' Is The Most Crucial Aspect Of Achieving Your Goals

When it comes to setting goals — whether they’re personal, professional, financial or anything in between — it’s easy to forget that anyone who’s gotten where you want to be went through a long process to get there. Finance blog Mom and Dad Money explains why this is the most important yet overlooked aspect of changing your habits.


How To Take A Pay Cut For A Job You Actually Love (And Survive)

Not too long ago, I jumped ship from an office job and career path that was great, but not my passion. I took a huge risk to follow my dream, and learned a lot of lessons along the way. If you’re thinking about following your dream or doing what you love, here are some tips to keep in mind before you do it, and some of my mistakes to learn from.


Treat Failure Like A Scientist

I recently had a wonderful conversation with my friend Beck Tench. During our chat, Beck told me about an interesting shift in thinking that occurred while she worked at a science museum. During her time there, Beck learned how to treat failure like a scientist. How does a scientist treat failure? And what can we learn from their approach?


Tackle Problems Better By Identifying How They Affect People

“We need to see a 5 per cent increase in sales this month,” is a quantifiable goal, which is good. However, it’s also deeply impersonal. Productivity blog 99u suggests that if you really want to reach this goal, you need to start with the people, not the problem.


'Don't Aim For The Finish Line'

We like goals. Having goals is healthy, and it keeps you on the right track. However, those events or statuses we reach towards are only milestones. As astronaut and space’s first intergalactic rock star Chris Hadfield explains, the finish line isn’t the most important part of the journey.


The Best Tools To Productively Gamify Every Aspect Of Your Life

The idea of rewarding yourself to build better behaviours isn’t new, even if the phrase “gamification” is. There are more tools out there to turn everything you do into a game than are worth trying, but the best of the pack can really help you get motivated. Let’s take a look at some of the good ones and when they can be most effective in your life.