These are parts of your plans and what you wish to
achieve realistically. Concrete goals are whats written in your
what to do list or noted in your planner or calendar. Concrete
goals must be the result of your feasibility study or business
It would be better if you always set some goals in planning your
activities or in projecting your future. Goals are meant to
encourage you in reaching something. But sometimes, goals can be
frustrating especially when failures start to enter into the
picture. You should not waste time indulging in low-motivational
factors such as frustration, low-self esteem, confusion, and
anxiety. Instead, you should focus your attention on how you can
learn and benefit from such failures.
Goals are set to help you encourage yourself. Goals
should be based on your capacity and should be reflected by your
strengths and weaknesses. These aims should also be realistic and
should be based on your immediate concerns.
As what Abraham Maslow had elucidated in
Psychology, behaviors are defined by what we consider as hierarchy
of needs or pyramidal structures in which we are predisposed to
strive with. There are basic needs like food, shelter and material
things that are necessary for survival. This should be met in order
to get into the next level, which includes social interactions and
the need for love and belongingness. On top of this pyramid is the
need for self-actualization or the fulfillment of a person after
meeting the more basic needs in life.
Along with this is the assessment of one's
spirituality, the higher definition of success, like personal
happiness and higher forms of gratification in line with
Goals should also be set according to the proper
way to adjust in case you do not meet your expectations. If youre
not able to reach what you initially desired for the first time,
try looking at your aim and modify it. For example, you want to buy
a sports car from your savings and additional compensation because
you are really working hard for such reward. However, during the
middle of the year, you learned that you need to spend your money
on some very important expenses, like an increased payment for the
amortization of your housing loan or an unexpected expenditure. In
order to veer away from frustration, what you can do is either
delay the buying of your car until you can save the right amount or
buy a car with whatever money you have left.
Never let frustration confuse you or give you the
terrible feeling of not achieving what you want. Just in case you
decided to buy the car by having another loan from the bank, just
imagine the additional money you have to earn to pay all your
bills. This would only derail you from your initial agenda.
Remember that a wise man is patient with his purse and will never
spend a dime for stone.
Other things that you should remember in setting
- 1. Your priorities in life and their order.
- 2. Your strengths and weaknesses in doing things or in
- 3. Your personality and the things that should be improved in
meeting the demands of your plans.
- 4. Your plans for other people, especially for your love ones
that will give you a sense of fulfillment and personal
- 5. Your past achievements that will pump-up more encouraging
spirit in your next struggles.
Keep in mind that goals are guideposts but not
necessarily the exact result of what you have in mind for your
plans. Sticking with your goals and not adjusting to the changes
will give you time-wasting frustrations. A right move would be
recognizing the changes and moving on to reach your aims amidst any
Another part of motivational aspect in efficient
time usage would be to avoid procrastination. This kind of negative
virtue is a result of the loss of motivation because of many
factors that surround your work habits and conditions. These
include low-self esteem, discouragement from superiors, the absence
of concrete rewards or pleasant results, or plainly because of
boredom. Procrastination is one big hindrance in achieving your
aims or goals. Therefore, you should avoid such feeling or mindset.
Here are some basic tips to get away from such negative thought and
- 1. If you are the type of person who gets easily bored, avoid
routines or try to change your daily activities once in a while.
These would give you a sense of dynamism and would help you avoid
the boredom of familiarity and habit formation.
- 2. Try to accomplish two boring tasks by alternating each of
them. They will give you a directional movement to achieve your
- 3. Reward yourself after doing a very difficult task or a very
boring activity, like encoding a private manuscript or filing a
card catalog cabinet. You may also think of the reward you will be
getting after finishing such activity either in concrete or
- 4. In case you are working on a very uninteresting task along
with your other activities, make sure to take note of this by
writing it down and posting it at your workstation or at your
cubicle. By doing this, you would be reminded of the task even when
youre not interested to do it initially.
- 5. Enjoy your work with what motivates you like listening to
classical music or going out once in a while to see the natural
- 6. Never put pressure in your mind. This will just increase
your frustration level.
- 7. Talk about your work with your colleague and think about the
happiness you feel inside the office. By becoming cheerful and
positive, you not only imbibe good mood but also motivate others
and yourself to work hard.
- 8. Avoid too much caffeine or sweet foods during pressured
moments. They will give you too much energy level that can bring
your anxiety level and worries up. However, during a relaxed and
comfortable situation, you may sip your favorite coffee and dip
your spoon on the luscious caramel-chocolate cake in a caf where
you can enjoy time in a relaxed ambiance, especially if you have
just finished a very long and challenging day at