As the New Year begins, resolutions are the highlight for many. But if you’re like most people, no matter how many sticky notes you put on the fridge or reminders you set on your phone, it is most likely you would give up on the same before the week ends. So this New Year let’s get a fresh yet simple perspective on how to set goals that can enhance productivity at the workplace.
It’s Not All Bad
It’s easy to get bogged down in the ‘same old, same old’ routine. Taking advantage of the energy of a new year is perfect to incorporate change. But let’s face it, one bad day is all it takes for all this positivity to dwindle. One way to avoid this is to keep a file of positive notes, messages or momentos of your successful ventures for a quick morale boost.
Keep it Real
The real problem arises when resolutions are too generic and impossible to measure or ambitious to the point of being unrealistic. Remember, change does not have to be drastic to be effective. For instance, ‘I’d like to use my time wisely this year’ – don’t go downloading a time tracker but instead use your commute to get a head start on email or focus on offline work like organizing and outlining tasks. Minor tweaks and shifts in daily routines can help refocus and realign yourself to attain a much larger goal in the long run.
If you set a long list of resolutions where a majority of the goals are going add more hours to your workday, you’re eventually going to burn out. As a result, find it hard to keep up with everything. For instance, ‘I’d like to become a better leader’ – voicing your opinions might not be the solution everytime. Lending a ear can empower colleagues/staff to solve problems on their own. Think small and you’ll find that those little things add up.
Another example, ‘Grow my business’ – sounds great, but also meaningless. ‘Acquire five new clients a month,’ or ‘Schedule a productivity meeting every fortnight’ on the other hand, allows you to determine the steps you should take to meet that goal.
One at a time
Nothing says that you have to tackle every single problem at once. Choose goals that most resonate with you, those will be the resolutions you’re most likely to stick with. Then divide these larger goals into smaller more realistic tasks that can be achieved at a pace most suited to you. By setting everyday goals you savor the small victories allow yourself to feel good about yourself everyday. You don’t have to wait for ‘someday’ to feel good about yourself.