Stick To One Goal At A Time And Keep Your Motivation In Check

Stick To One Goal At A Time And Keep Your Motivation In Check

If you’re the type that likes to take on a lot of projects, then you know it’s incredibly easy to get weighed down by multiple goals. Motivation is in itself, a great thing, but it’s easy to let it get out of hand to the point you have too much going on. Writer Scott Young suggests you keep that motivation in check by only tackling one goal at a time.

Photo by Rob Enslin.

Young’s point isn’t as much about multitasking, but more about trying to complete multiple objectives at once. Say, for instance, you’re teaching yourself programming, but at the same time, you’re also learning to play the guitar. The motivation to do both is great, but learning those skills at the same time might be too much. Young explains:

But less frequently to we recognise the opposite problem: too much motivation. Too much enthusiasm leads to starting many projects you’ll never finish. It leads to splitting your focus in the misguided belief that such splits are sustainable.

His solution is to take on only one goal at a time. That doesn’t mean dumping healthy eating or gym visits while you’re working on a big project, but it does mean you should focus your attention on a single goal at a time.

Why Focus (not Effort) is the Key to Getting Stuff Done [Scott H Young]


  • see, this is where I have an issue with assignments- they are always all due at the same time, and I don’t have the time to do them one at a time… but I can try and schedule better, I guess.

  • I also have this problem happen to my experience, during I am trying to set many goal or project, I have loose focus on each project, I feel exhausted to focus of each. It’s annoying me and stressing me. But without setting many project I feel more concentrate than but one more concern is being not good at time management. When we keep staying on one project, we are nervous to miss other project.

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