We are almost half way through 2016, probably a good time to revisit our goals and make sure that we are still heading in the right direction. I am constantly reassessing where I am with my goals. I feel that if I don't do this, some tend to get forgotten.
A strategy that helps me with my goal setting and planning is to write up my tasks for each week a week in advance, normally on the Friday afternoon of each week. I use a whiteboard so that what I should be doing each day is right there in front of me. Next to the whiteboard I have my three main Project Plans outlining each phase of each project and then they are broken down to individual tasks. Whilst writing up my weekly plan, I am constantly referring back to the Project Plans. Using this method serves two purposes. It ensures that I apportion time evenly between my main projects which I have already chosen as my priorities at the moment and it also ensures that any information I need to carry out my planning is right there in front of me.
Each week I identify one major task that has the highest priority. I commit a twelve hour block of time over two consecutive days to spend on that task. Prior to starting this task, I ensure that I have all the information necessary so that I can get straight into it. I try and ensure that distractions are minimal, even if I need to take my work somewhere else where I know I won't be disturbed. For instance when I was writing my e-book, I did a lot of my writing at the local library where I did not have the distractions of people calling in.
I started using a strategy similar to this 20 years ago after a performance appraisal with Syd Holmes, my policing supervisor at the time. I went and purchased a book called The Five Minute Manager by Alec MacKenzie. After reading this book and putting strategies into place, my work output increased significantly. Both myself and Syd were quite taken back by how much more productive a person can be with good strategies in place.
Working from home can either be a positive or a negative experience when it comes to productivity, it all depends on putting systems in place and communicating your needs to your partner, family and close friends. Once they know you have a schedule to work to, life becomes so much easier. Stick to your schedule.
Something else that helps me stay on track with my goals is my purpose for committing to them in the first place.I believe that if you work on something which has real purpose in your life, then you can't help but feel passionate about what you are doing. People talk about finding your passion, but I believe that passion is a feeling or drive rather than something external or removed from you.
I also feel it is important that your purpose for working is linked to your core values rather than just meeting needs such as paying a mortgage or saving for a new car.
It is my desire to help others through providing career related resources and information on building a lifestyle business, not just for the visitors to my site but also family members and friends and so these values which I hold onto provide me with a purpose of which I am passionate about.
Good luck with your goals and I hope 2016 proves to be a year in which you achieve new heights in your life.
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