February 18, 2017 Youth Impact

Should I focus on goals or the problems?

Every time when overwhelmed with swarms of assignments to submit and quizzes to prepare for, there are times when each one of us is at a loss. On one hand, there are the valid problems that are holding us from performing our best. The usual suspects are sleep deprivation, a social calendar a little too full, or maybe just feeling homesick. On the other hand, we may be unable to focus on our goals, be it because of a lack of motivation or will. The question that arises then is, which of these two things to give our attention to?

Do we focus on solving the problems and then making the effort we need for our work, or should we set goals achieving which should then be managed?


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Don’t raise the white flag just yet!


Not everything works for everyone but I believe that a set of rules when followed can be beneficial to many. First of, identify the problems. Are you sleeping enough? Is your schedule too extra-curricular-oriented? Can you manage your workload at the pace you’re going? Once that is sorted, you need to make sure that you always have the time your method of completing a task will require. For example, skip the party on Saturday if you have an assignment due on Monday that you have a feeling you will need two days to complete. Chances are you will end up needing more time than less.

This in no way means that you should become a recluse and never go out at all. It’s barely just a way to prioritise.

Finally the goals come into play. You need to set definitive goals for respective days. Your goals should neither be impossible to reach or a complete pushover. They should lie in the middle of the spectrum where you’re able to accomplish them even if you procrastinate.


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Reward yourself on your small achievements! It took effort, hard work and time! Even if you have a lot more to do, take some time to breathe to just bask in the fulfilment of your task. But don’t let it get out of hand. We are all too aware of the 10-minute break that lasted 2 hours. Don’t get carried away!

So, there you have it. Like all things in life you can’t choose one option and know you have the right one. There really is no set right way. Anything that works for you is the best way to go. But to get there at all, you need the insight and patience to see what will take you the furthest. Keep both your problems and goals in focus, don’t let them intimidate you.

And as long as you give it your best, you will not have any regrets.


-Mahrukh Javed Khan