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How to get back on track to your goals

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     These past few snow days have thrown me off my grove. I was doing so well, reading ahead, getting my work done, all of it. But a few days from classes (thanks snowpocalips 2015), a new season of House of Cards and a weekend of loafing around any I'm off of track. It's like all of a sudden I'm behind on everything and my motivation to get going again is gone. This has happened many times before, and this is a major reason I've not reached goals in the past.
     This is around the time when New Year's resolutions have gone out the window and we all need a good kick in the pants to get back on it. Consider this your kick.
     When I notice I'm getting off track from my goals I need a revival or sorts, whether I'm working toward better health or better grades, here's how I'm getting back on track to my goals.
   
1. Breathe - Set a timer on your phone for five minutes, sit on the floor and meditate. Some people meditate every day, but I've found meditation really helps me when I'm feeling particularly stressed. Don't worry too much about technique, but rather were your mind goes. The most important thing is breathing, not letting your thoughts interrupt focus on your breath. A quick meditation session will help you clear your mind and allows you to focus on what you need to.

2. Backtrack to remember why you started - I try and keep a solid habit of journaling, and while I don't do it as often as I'd like I still find it very helpful when getting back to my goals. Many times I'll journal about my goals and why I want to achieve them. I'll also brainstorm goals and plans in my journal, so when I'm feeling unmotivated I go back and reflect on why I started a goal in the first place. If you'd like to get into the habit of journaling, you can check out my post here with some tips.

3. Create a game plan - At some point on your path to your goals you made mistakes. Now's the time to figure out exactly what those mistakes were and how to avoid them in the future. For my goal of making all As I fell off recently when I stopped my weekly study sessions. It's the little things that make the grades (check out my post on it here), but missing out on a solid chunk of studying really hurt me this past round of tests.

4. Change things up - This may sound like it doesn't really matter, but I like to change my environment when I'm realigning myself with goals. I'll change my phone background, or move around my furniture in my office or something or the sorts to give myself a fresh start.

5. Actually do it - All the planning in the world is pointless unless you actually do it. Make a commitment to yourself to make steps toward your goals, and at the end of the week reward yourself if you've accomplished them.

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