Get Back on Track

posted by Aby Garvey on June 25, 2014 9 Comments

Get Back on Track with Your Goals from

As you may know, a few years ago my family and I radically changed our eating habits. We cut “meat with feet” out of our diet and now eat a mostly vegetarian diet plus fish and eggs. The funny thing is this: I haven’t missed hamburgers one little bit. Well…except once.

On a Wednesday evening a couple of weeks ago, I joined up with a local running store for a 6:30 PM run. The store was celebrating its first anniversary, so they were having fun, games, and (the big draw for me) giveaways, starting at 5:00 PM. There wasn’t time for me to eat dinner before heading off for my evening of prize winning and running. By the time I made it home for dinner, it was well after 8 PM and I found myself in a very uncomfortable position. I was craving a cheeseburger! (Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea for this nearly vegetarian to add Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” to her running playlist?)

CheeseburgerAs you can imagine, there were no cheeseburger-making supplies at home in my refrigerator, and if I was going to give in to this craving, it was going to have to be with a really good cheeseburger. In other words, this craving could not be satisfied with the kind of cheeseburger you could get your hands on after 8 PM while wearing sweat-soaked running clothes. And so, vegetarian fare won out.

But my craving remained.

Fast forward to the next Monday night, when my daughter invited a few friends over for a cookout and a sleepover. The menu that night included 100% beef hotdogs. I looked for some meat-free options while shopping, but the store we went to that night didn’t have any. I figured I would get by on side dishes and call it done. But, having never satisfied my hamburger craving from a few days prior, the hotdogs looked amazing! And so…I had a hotdog. I topped it with onions, pickle relish, ketchup and mustard, and savored every single bite.

Yep – I veered off track. I gave into my cravings for meat and ate a hotdog. Luckily the hotdog satisfied my cheeseburger craving, but still, I had fallen off the meet-free bandwagon. But here’s the thing:

It’s okay if you veer off track.

The road to our goals is never a straight path. And that’s okay. The trick is to know this and then simply get back on track. Here’s what I mean.

Maybe you need a break from your big organizing project. No worries. Give yourself the rest you need and get back on track when you’re feeling rested.

Maybe you forgot to use your new paperwork system for a few days…and the piles have started to return. No problem! Simply start using your system again today. Pick up where you left off and keep moving forward.

Perhaps you set a goal to lose a pound a week…but last week you gained a pound. That’s okay! Stop beating yourself up and get back on track this week. Try to figure out what you can do differently this week to create the outcome you want.

Or maybe you ate a hotdog or a cheeseburger when you truly are committed to eating a meat-free diet. It’s okay. Simply get back on track today. (And maybe consider deleting that cheeseburger song from your playlist!)

Have you veered off-track on one of your projects or goals recently? If so, it truly is okay. What’s one thing you can do today to get back on track? Let me know in the comments below. (And then…go do it!)

Happy organizing!


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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program

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  • June 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Good advice. I tend to ebb and flow in and out of my goals. I’m usually happy if I’m at least heading in the right direction.

    June 26, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Great perspective Eric!

    • June 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      I got off track this week. This is the first time my house has been this messy in at least 10 months. I relaxed a bit but now wonder if I caused anything to happen I might regret. I don’t normally feel overwhelmed but I can see that leaving things go can bring a feeling of over-whelm.

      There are some things in life where a person can not get off track. The consequences are too much of a risk. I like that you brought up that eating meat is probably not such a big deal or getting disorganized for a day is not that serious so we can just get back on track. Many of us spend too much energy being upset instead of just getting back on track. Thank you for this, Lynne

      June 27, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Lynn, Thank you for your comments. Your sentence beginning with “Many…..” really resonated with me. I’m ready to get back on track!

      June 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you for your comments, Lynne. I think what you said here is so true: Many of us spend too much energy being upset instead of just getting back on track.


      • June 27, 2014 at 10:03 am

        Abby, Thanks so much for this message. I’ve gotten off track with my June goals. I will get back on track today by taking one small step forward on 3 of them.

        June 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

        Good for you Linda! So glad to hear I inspired you to get back on track with your goals! One small step forward is what it takes to get heading in the right direction again. :)


        • July 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm

          Hi Aby!

          Nice post! It’s a reminder that it’s okay to fall short of our goals as long as we get back up and keep moving the in the right direction. We’re not perfect but we keep trying. That hamburger does look good! I wouldn’t turn it down if someone put it in front of me! I really like the “no meat with feet” label for your diet. It’s a reminder that we don’t need traditional labels. We can set our own nutritional goals.

          Thank you!


          July 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

          Thanks for your comment Angela!