How Many Goals Should You Have at Once?
The question of how many goals a person should have is subjective. Some people are able to keenly focus in on a number of goals at one time, while others can only maintain flow on one or two goals. It requires an assessment of your overall skills and personality before you can decide on how many goals to have. With that said, it is impossible for someone else like a friend or even an online coach to tell you how many goals to set. Just use health and fitness goals for example. Only you truly understand how your body reacts or how easily you get upset when a plan doesn’t come together. You know your skills and abilities better than anyone.
While others may have some idea about the amount of time you can put into your goals, they are not really going to be able to judge your daily energy levels and how much energy you have to put towards your daily goals which is important. The same goes for your focus ability. Only you understand fully, how much information you can absorb at once and how long you can concentrate on a task. In some cases you yourself may even have to do an internal assessment to answer those questions.
Some experts believe that you should not focus on a number at all. Instead, the person should have a range of goals that complement each other. A mix of short term goal that merge with long range goals works well. In the case that a person sets all their goals in the short term, they don’t get the same attachment to the goals and may give up.
Overloading yourself on goals means the possibility of “I will never get this done,” will enter the mind and then the idea of quitting starts to dig into the brain. You need to have an action plan for your goals and when the action plan gets longer and longer, it starts looking like major work. Keeping yourself motivated is key, so setting the right amount of goals for you, with the workload being challenging instead of overwhelming will work better.
Setting the right amount of goals for you, means that is less likely you will have an internal fight. Have you ever had those mental conversations with yourself, where you attempt to validate doing one thing over the other? This can happen when your goals are conflicted and the battle begins. We can use the example of having the goals of buying a house and upgrading the car, while spending more time with your family. Since you need not one down payment but two, it begs the question, how will you find the money? You will need to work more hours or find a better paying job in order to save for the house and car, which means your family time could possibly decrease. In this case, you went too wide with your goals and need to decide what your priority will be. Would having the new house mean you would be home more with your family perhaps? Could the house become a way to strengthen your family bond? Prioritize all your goals.
Not doing your due diligence and setting too many goals for yourself, can cause major stressful feelings. This is one of the big reasons why you need to take the time and analyze your strength and weakness’s before setting your goals. This will lead to averting those moments of serious stress which can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Having the right goal balance will make the journey enjoyable.