It's Not Too Late To Achieve 2013 Goals
Sep 18, 2013
No matter how organized you are or how painstakingly you plan, certain tasks and responsibilities can still fall by the wayside from time to time. You don’t have to let that happen. It’s entirely possible to achieve the goals you set for yourself earlier in the year. It just takes time and discipline.
Break the Cycles
We’ve all said it before: “There isn’t enough time.” If you repeat this mantra enough, you’ll start to think of yourself as stuck in a self-perpetuating cycle of procrastination and compromised productivity.
Even when you’re focused on an objective, one of the biggest hurdles remains staying on task. Diligence is key. Fight the compulsion to burn up all your energy at the start of a project. Tackling everything at full speed might leave you with fewer resources and physical reserves to get the job done right. Maintain a healthily steady clip instead of completing tasks in bursts.
Create Timeframes and To-do Lists
Identify your priorities for the next month. This gives you enough time to yield results, but still maintain reasonable levels of focus and momentum. During the first week, take the initiative to meet with key managers and review your priorities. Make sure the resources you need to complete your tasks are available, and make definitive plans to secure them quickly and efficiently if not.
One you’ve got a clearer picture of what the next month will look like, you can start prioritizing your goals and projects. Break down your larger tasks into smaller, more manageable ones. Visualizing the work ahead helps immensely; a to-do list is one of the most common and effective strategies for nurturing productivity. Some people prefer scribbling out their responsibilities in a notebook. Others set reminders on their phones or tablets. Whatever method helps you get things done, stick with it and start checking off your goals.
One of the most common obstacles encountered when attempting to take on a project is the lack of motivation. Even if it’s an inherent quality, sometimes we require a little external push to get ourselves going. The best way to find motivation is to actively search for it. Write down the names of people who inspire you and think of what admirable characteristics and philosophies they espouse. Get in touch if you can. Let them know you appreciate and value what they add to your life, and feel free to ask them for guidance and advice. You can parlay their responses into motivation to get your goals completed accurately, efficiently and on schedule.
Creativity Through Execution
Your biggest and most important step is actually your last. Once you begin executing the tasks needed to get things done, don’t back down. As you begin to achieve your goals for the year, you’ll discover the creative force that drives you to do whatever it takes to get the job done and get it done right. Carry that momentum over into future endeavors - this year, next year, and the years to come.
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