Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Goalsetting is a Hamster Wheel

Establish the way you plan, and you will finish more than before. For me, using the free Family Manager Hit Lists has ingrained departmental thinking in my mind. Even this week, with out-of-town family coming and EARLY gift exchange, I am thinking departmentally:

Home and Property: Get Oil Change
Food: Cook for Church Banquet, Prepare Snack Trays for Family Get-Together
Family & Friends: Call Family Members about Details for Get-together
Financial: Have Funds Ready for Weekend Activities (detailed on my hit list)
Special Events: Wrap Gifts to Be Given This Weekend, Last-Minute Purchases (detailed on my list by name), Practice Singing for Ladies Quartet
Self: Reschedule Dr. Appt.

Whoo hoo! I already got the crossed off items done. Of course, this is not all I have to do, but you get the idea, right? Establishing the way you do everything, and a good goal-reaching, goal-changing (NOT goal-setting!) mindset are so important if you ever want to get off the hamster wheel of being stuck on the trivial things of daily life, being frustrated with yourself, and wishing things were different.

Here's what you can expect from choosing to develop this type of mindset:

You set a goal.
You use an established way to move in the direction of your goal.
You habitually follow your established way toward your goal.
You reach your goal,
Your goal changes,
And there are obstacles,
But your habit propels you forward anyway.
You get excited, because this will work with anything, and you are getting somewhere!
Rinse, Lather, Repeat! Just Kidding!

Hope this helps!


  1. According to Einstein, or Benjamin Franklin, or Rita Mae Brown (depending on your source), "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results." You've summed that up very nicely - and I love the hamster analogy!