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3 Practical Steps to Take When You Have Too Many Goals

Updated: Feb 11, 2020

You will have to make the distinction of goals you value and "goals" which you do not value.

Do you ever feel like you’re spinning in circles with too many goals? Are most of them conflicting? The good news is, you’re not the only one who feels that way. It's very common, and you can help solve the problem. But you will have to make the distinction of goals you value and "goals" which you do not value. The latter may be a reason to let other "goals" go to break up the sense of feeling overwhelmed.

Here are some things you can do if you’re overwhelmed with goals.

1. Look for overlaps. Sometimes there is a natural and logical relationship between goals. Suppose you want to get healthier and to have more leisure time. Making time out for active leisure like tennis or running will accomplish both goals at once.

Sometimes two goals seem to be in direct opposition to each other, like wanting to travel and having more time at home. In this case, write out both goals and next to each of them write out why you want to do each of them. You might find that what you want is to be away from work. In this case, your real goal might be to change careers. Or, you might discover that you can satisfy your desire to travel with a short vacation or a long drive with the family. Get to the essence of the goal, and they’ll work themselves out.

There is an ancient Greek saying that goes: “If you want to make the gods laugh, tell them your plans.” - Vince Morales

2. Make the time. We tell ourselves there are "only so many hours in a day," and that we're "too busy" to take on anything else right now. Your time is precisely that – yours.