January 07, 2019
Want Success in 2019? Replace Your New Year’s Resolutions with This
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Does the thought of setting New Year’s resolutions
The concept of leveraging the fresh beginning of a new year to set goals is great in theory. However, the best way to make lasting behavioral changes is to start small and focus on one area at a time.
One change that can significantly increase both your productivity and impact within your organization is to set professional and personal priorities each day. This helps frame goals and allocate appropriate time with a fixed deadline to achieve them. On the professional side, take five minutes a day to determine three priority tasks you want to complete that day that directly relate to your weekly, monthly, and quarterly goals. Those larger goals can seem daunting, so moving towards the finish line with small, achievable, daily steps can make quarterly targets less intimidating. Some examples of these smaller priorities could be:
Progress may seem slow at first. However, after a few days of setting these goals and tracking them against larger targets, progress will be more clear, and that momentum generated from hitting smaller targets can propel you to accomplish more.
It is important to set small, achievable goals on the personal side as
These personal goals can also be positive or aspirational. Here are a few favorites that many leaders find help them get into the right mindset to improve the bottom line:
To help ensure success on this quest, give yourself time away from email and office messaging to achieve those goals. Why? Because our overly connected, easy access via cell phone world makes us reactionary. That is great if you want to be able to answer an email within 30 seconds of receiving it. However, it is a terrible distraction from big-picture strategy, goal completion, and authentic professional relationships.
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