How to achieve your goals

Today I wanted to share a post about how I achieve my goals. This post comes out today because I've felt like motivation on school things is the last thing I have right now. I don't understand where all that energy went that I had at the beginning of the month. Maybe it's some kind of January blues?

Anyway, let's start with a small random fact about me: Probably not many know that I have a degree in tourism and I worked as a travel service advisor while I was still living in Finland. I worked in a small office with the most amazing co-workers and the most supporting atmosphere so when I decided to move to Norway, giving up that job was not easy. I still miss those lovely people after three years! And I miss that job where I could plan road trips and ferry trips to varying groups of people. It was truly an inspiring job for me because while helping people to plan on their dream vacations I was able to find new places on the map I never knew existed before!

This thing came to my mind again a few days ago while I was working on a school assignment that I didn't feel completely comfortable with. I didn't feel like I was doing something I love and I missed working in that small office. I struggled with the school assignment more than a lot and I just wanted to give up: with the assignment and with the whole studies (little dramatic, I know!).

But then I started to think how many times I wanted to give up while I was studying last time but still I never did. And how it got me that job that I still sometimes miss. And that's when I realized it's completely normal thought process to feel unmotivated and it happens to - if not to anyone- at least to the most of us at some point, the total frustration I mean. Those hopeless days that come without asking.

My hopeless day a few days ago was a good reminder for me that we can't enjoy every single thing all the time, but we can try to remember the goal on the horizon and think of how much it actually means to finally have it in our hands. And that makes those unpleasant tasks bearable.

So, I made a small goal to finish the assignment, I returned it on time and now I'm again one small step closer to my main goal - graduating.


So in a nutshell: setting small goals, like having a weekly or daily plan for all the small tasks can help to keep the focus on the subject. Writing down goals on a planner helps to remember them and you always know what's ahead and can organize your days and weeks better. At least I feel a lot more relaxed when I have every deadline, exam date, and appointment written down. I know what goals my weeks include.

Also, it's good to keep in mind that whenever you're achieving your goals - big or small - it's always a milestone. So who says you can't reward yourself a little bit after succeeding these smaller goals as well? I like to reward myself once a month a little bit more with a takeaway from a pizzeria or a sushi restaurant. And that works for me.

If January was a bit of a struggle, we have February starting tomorrow. It means spring is slowly coming ahead and that means more light and energy.

So let's just say bye bye to January and I wish you all an amazing February!

- Jenni

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  1. Very true! It's so easy to get overwhelmed and forget the big picture. Small things grow into big things with patience, work and time :)

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    1. I agree 100% what you said! Small steps towards big dreams :).

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  2. Glad I read this and so I don’t feel so alone in this slump I’ve been in the past couple weeks! No motivation whatsoever to do anything! It’s been terrible! And I felt so badly about it for so long! This was definitely motivating for me which I gravely needed! Great post!

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    1. I'm so glad this helped because it also helps me to hear that I'm not the only one! I hope the worst is behind us and we get more motivating times ahead :).

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  3. I totally agree, small goals are baby steps towards one big dream. I think Feb is going to be an amazing month!

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    1. Let's hope for a Fabulous February :)!

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  4. I really agree with your posts! Let's have an amazing February! I really have been down on my goals lately, but indeed; even small goals are a step forward! This post was really motivating!

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    1. Good to hear you found it motivating because that's what I was hoping for it to sound like :). Step by step!

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  5. Great post, it was really motivating! I was slacking a little bit by the end of January haha, time to step it up again!

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    1. Seems like we weren't really the only ones, heh. Let's make February a good one!

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  6. This is so true! I get completely overwhelmed by large projects, so I love breaking each project down into smaller goals and then just daily or weekly tasks. It gives so much peace of mind, too!

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    1. Yes, exactly. To know what is ahead helps to focus on it. I couldn't live this student life without a planner :).

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  7. Good advice! It’s easier to set small goals than larger ones. I find I end up failing before I start as I feel overwhelmed by it all!

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    1. Oh yes, it happens so easily! Patience is the magic word I guess :).

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  8. Super motivating post, Jenni! I agree with everything you wrote!

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  9. This is such good advice, Jenni! Setting smaller goals is definitely more effective than focusing on a big goal that may seem unattainable, baby steps is the way to go :) I'm sure February will treat you well ^.^

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    1. Baby steps are also steps so definitely a way to go :)!

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  10. We all tend to hit a stumbling block and wall at times, reading your post helps me to pass through mine and continue to do little things that eventually add up.

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    1. That is so great to hear! It's the little things that matter :)!

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  11. I 100% agree that making small steps is the key to achieving larger goals. I also believe it's a great way to keep your mind active. I hope February is a good month for you xx

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    1. Thank you, I hope you have an amazing February :)! Step by step towards the goals!

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  12. I had no idea that you had a degree in tourism, that's so interesting! I also find setting small weekly goals motivating, I find it works well as you can actually see the progress you're making. I love writing little lists and ticking things off, it really helps me physically see everything i've managed to achieve and focus on the positives rather than the negatives! Great post x

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    1. I have learned to love lists lately and it really helps to see everything that needs to be done. And focusing on the positive is the most important :)!

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  13. This was so great. I always write in my planner and make weekly goals. There's nothing better than accomplishing everything you set out to do.

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    1. Same here! It's so nice to turn the page when you know you've accomplished everything and go ahead to the new challenges :).

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  14. Small things make great things. It's amazing! Love this one :)

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    1. Thank you :). You are absolutely right! It's the little things that make the world.

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