The work place seems to be competitive these days, and not only work, but our personal lives too. Everyone and everything is demanding our time and there never seems to be any time left. Yet, there is someone in your circle that seems to be able to accomplish everything with ease. How do they do it?
The easiest way to tackle everything is to be SMART. This tactic has been around for years and people have sort of forgotten about this method. A quick refresher on this will have you being an A star in 2015 in no time!
First thing’s first, write your goals down. The act of writing your ideas down, will force you to think in concrete terms. It will also spark additional ideas, a vision board can work equally well.
If you haven’t set formal goals before, try following the SMART goal-setting format. With this process, goals should meet this definition:
In other words, state clearly what you want to achieve. It must be something concrete and doable. Frame it in a way that allows you to measure your activity and include a deadline.
(Ray Silverstein) mentions that when setting goals, whatever you do, steer clear of BHAGS, aka Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals. These are vast, long-term goals that would realistically take three to five years to achieve. BHAGs are useful for long-range planning, but not for now. Focus on short-term goals that you can attain in the course of a year or less, right now, under current economic conditions.
Go on… try it. Make that 24 hour day much more productive!