Today, I’m covering another of the top 10 Reasons Women Procrastinate In Business - LACK OF FOCUS OR DIRECTION
The quickest and easiest way to create focus and direction is to set goals.
Some people switch off as soon as they hear ‘goal setting’ - they feel it’s too corporate, too restricting or a waste of time, but it’s actually one of the best ways to achieve success.
After all, if you don’t know what the destination is, how will you know when you get there?
Goals are exactly that, ‘a destination or achievement to aim for’ so that you can make a plan to get there and know when you’ve done so.
In Stephen Covey’s book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People’, he quotes, ‘Begin with the End in Mind’. In other words, define the goal and work backwards, to plan how you’re going to achieve it.
Goals don’t have to be onerous and one of the easiest ways to create clear and achievable goals is to use the ‘SMART’ acronym:
Specific – be very clear and specific about what it is you want to achieve and by when.
Example – To run 1 mile in 7 minutes, within 3 months.
Measurable – have a clear measure so that you know whether you’ve achieved the goal or not.
Example – To run 1 mile in 7 minutes within 3 months is measurable. If you run 1 mile in 10 minutes or it takes you longer than 3 months, you didn’t achieve the goal.
Achievable – it’s got to be possible.
Example – you can’t run 1 mile in a minute, because that’s just not possible…even for Usain Bolt!
Realistic – it’s got to be realistic.
Example – If it currently takes you 20 minutes to run 1 mile and you work 50 hours per week, you may not have enough time to train and improve sufficiently within 3 months to run 1 mile in 7 minutes.
Timely – it’s got to have a time frame, otherwise it goes on the tomorrow pile and we all know that tomorrow never comes.
Example - your goal is to run 1mile in seven minutes. Without a specific time frame, there’s no incentive to achieve the goal and it may take you 2 years, if ever!
I recommend you set one key goal (using the SMART acronym) that you want to achieve within the next 90 days and then work backwards to plan the steps of how you're going to achieve it and put them in your calendar.
If you already have goals, now is a great time to re-visit, see if you're on track, whether you need to set new ones or fine tune them to be more specific.
Once you have your goal, place it somewhere you'll see it every day – that way it feels real and you have a sense of accountability to yourself. If it’s filed away or under a pile of paperwork - out of sight is out of mind!
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