Chasing Goals When Motivation Is Low

by Kylee Stone May 12,2020

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

Given how the world is functioning today due to COVID-19, staying motivated enough to chase goals is a problem everyone is facing in some scale or another. You may set out with the best of intentions, but with unexpected emergencies, new initiatives, negative news all across the world and competing priorities for your time and attention, it can be challenging to stay on track towards your long-term goals.

Fortunately, it’s never too late to course correct. Here are three things that you can do to reinvigorate yourself to work on your goals.

Have a clear vision in mind:

As you’re planning your goal and documenting it, it may be helpful to visualise it. Picture yourself meeting that goal as clearly as possible. Be specific. Where are you in that moment? What can you see  around you? What are you feeling? Who is around you?

Here is an example to explain this better. If your goal is to present at a conference, take a few moments to imagine yourself presenting. What are you wearing? How does it feel to be up there in the front? How is the audience reacting? Feel the bright lights shining upon you. What is the presentation about? How long is it?

The positive effects of visualisation may be exactly what is needed to get you excited again.

Keep tracking the goal and celebrate every win:

You should be tracking your goals and objectives, but you don’t need to wait until it’s achieved, to celebrate. Breaking up a big yearlong goal (or even a quarterly goal) into smaller increments not only makes the goal more tangible but also allows you to acknowledge small steps towards an achievement.

One easy way to implement this is to track your small wins on a weekly basis. There’s no limit to how small the movement can be. If your goal is to publish a whitepaper, one week’s win can be: “selecting the topic” or “completing the outline.” The positive reflection will provide additional momentum to keep making smaller movements forward.

Also read: 3 Factors To Remember When Setting Employee Goals

Review And realign:

Once you have your goal and your road-map, you should be ready and willing to review your direction frequently. Think of it as course-correction – if you don’t check in on the way, you may end up in a completely different destination. Similarly, you may get halfway to the goal and realize that it wasn’t the exact right goal and it needs to be adjusted – that’s okay, too! Perhaps you set out to publish a whitepaper and determined that the industry actually needs a series of more actionable blog posts.

Re-adjustment isn’t failure. It is a sign that you’re actively working towards something and paying attention. Engagedly makes employee goal setting and goal tracking easy with the objectives and key results (OKR) feature. Once you create your vision and action plan, you’ll be able to easily document, track and adjust your goals as needed, with the collaboration tools available to help keep you accountable.

Engagedly is offering a suite of products part of its Remote Work Toolkit free to any organisation, until Sept 30th, 2020. 

The Coronavirus has affected the way we work today and for months to come. Unprecedented events require unprecedented measures. We at Engagedly believe it is our responsibility as socially conscious corporate citizens to help equip organisations with additional tools and resources during this time of crisis.

Get in touch with us to know more about the free remote working tool-kit. 

Get In Touch With Us

Kylee Stone

Kylee Stone supports the professional services team as a CX intern and psychology SME. She leverages her innate creativity with extensive background in psychology to support client experience and organizational functions. Kylee is completing her master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational psychology at the University of Missouri Science and Technology emphasizing in Applied workplace psychology and Statistical Methods.

Privacy Preference Center