I’m always looking for ways to be more productive. It’s a never-ending quest – I don’t know that I’ll ever be satisfied thinking “that’s the best I can do”. Even a little 1% improvement daily can lead to huge gains longer term.
I’ve taught goal setting and achieving for years. I’ve had a lot of success with my course participants having accomplished many targets they set themselves. But you know the story about plumbers’ taps? Yep. I’m not as good at setting and achieving my goals as I would like to be.
Did 2012 blitz past or what?
This is now the time of year we’re supposed to sit back, take stock, revel in our accomplishments and reflect on what could be better.
But who has time for that?!?
It’s just rush, rush, rush … at least at my house it is.
Yet it is necessary to review and plan ahead so we don’t end up next year in much the same place.
So, before the New Year hits, what one thing could you focus in this coming year to direct your efforts?
For me, it’s actually FOCUS.
If I look back over 2012 I can see I started lots of projects but few are completed and making money. I can be easily distracted – by anything really, but especially checking email, surfing the web for even more information, getting caught up on forums, and switching between activities and projects.
So this year my one question I’ll keep asking myself
It’s only the tenth day of the year and I’m already feeling overwhelmed!
The cold hard truth is that completing tasks and meeting objectives in business is just hard. As soon as I start something there’s an extra step I have to do before I can go forward; that feeling of overwhelm seems to stop me in my tracks; and then of course there’s my old friend, procrastination! Each of these serves to block the path ahead.
I remember when my nephew (he’s 44 now – eek!) was very young and starting to dress himself. He’d pull up his pants so high they were almost at his neck.
I’m employing that memory to help me. The way through this sludge is to pull my pants up high and get on with it.
I love the concept of a fresh new year as I turn the page of the calendar over and peer into all that blank space ahead.
The future seems full of promise and opportunity. It’s like we’re given another chance to get it all right from now on in.