If you’re an ambitious professional, chances are you’ve already set new goals for yourself for 2018. However, have you considered how your productivity levels can impact your success? It’s easy to get so bogged down in your goals that you lose sight of how to actually achieve them. At the start of a new year, it’s a good idea to take a step back and reassess how your current productivity can determine your success in reaching new (and old) goals.
Take note of these key tips for how to be your most productive self in 2018 – even if one of your goals is to find a new job!
Prevent and Eliminate Distractions
One of the most common reasons why people never reach their goals is because of constant distractions that get in their way. It’s important that you identify any current or potential challenges, setbacks or distractions that may prevent you from achieving your desired goals. Before embarking on your goals, take steps to prevent and eliminate the roadblocks that you’ve identified. This requires some reflection, as you’ll need to be honest with yourself as to what truly causes you to get off course. Is it your work environment? A toxic co-worker or friend? A financial hardship? You must make a plan to address your setbacks before you can be productive in attacking your goals.
Make Habits Part of Your Routine
Productivity is often a direct result of a series of positive daily habits. If you’re not a habitual person, you’ll soon discover the power of habits in setting yourself up for success. For example, putting aside time each morning to exercise will allow you to make more room during the afternoon or evening for other tasks or projects. Designing your daily routines in a way that allows you to optimize your time and energy levels will help you increase your overall productivity. The more habitual you become, the better you will be able to focus and direct your attention to activities directly aligned with your goals.
Acknowledge Your Progress
Feelings of deflation and insecurity are often culprits of poor productivity. As you strive to reach your goals, it’s important that you acknowledge the progress made along the way. Embracing your progress (no matter how much or little is made) can be a driving force in giving you the motivation and drive you need to keep going. If you struggle with celebrating your progress, consider creating smaller, benchmark goals that you can track as you work toward your end goals. This will help you remind yourself of how far you’ve come and stay motivated to keep moving forward.
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