When was the last time you took a minute to step back and see the big picture? Are you still going in the right direction?
All too often, we are caught up in the frenetic pace of our daily lives. There is always, and will always be, the next project, task and item on the list. In order to accomplish your goals and those of the organization you must put your head down and crank out work, but what I want to acknowledge is the need to take time to see if you are still on the right path. Are you still on course?
Briefly pausing for a daily, weekly and monthly review is essential to make sure you are still on track. This assumes you have already taken the first step and created the goals.
Five easy steps to help you stay on course:
- Write down all of your yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals
- Keep daily and weekly goals out in front of you
- Review them each morning and at the end of each day
- Mark your progress, were you on task today?
- Reflect on how you can stay on track better tomorrow. What happened today that derailed you?
There are days where you may have worked hard, but to what end? Was the work leading you towards your goals? In today’s hyper connected world, it is very easy to stray off target, answer email, respond to texts or get lost in the twitterverse.
Our days are filled with distractions, requests, meetings and commitments. I fully understand that you cannot always lock yourself away. Having your goals in front of you is a gentle reminder to you can ask yourself “am I on course?”
Try keeping your goals in front of you for a week and checking on them twice a day. I would love to hear the results.
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