National Take Charge of Change Week

National Take Charge of Change Week

National Take Charge of Change Week

National Take Charge of Change Week is from July 9 – 15, 2014.

 

In honor of change, let’s talk about New Year’s Resolutions. What?!? In July??

Yeah, in July.

Each year, millions of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. They promise themselves – and possibly their family members or colleagues – that they’re going to lose weight, stop smoking, get out of debt, get organized, stop procrastinating …you name it. Fewer than 20% are successful with their New Year’s Resolutions.

 

Why?

 

They’re skipping out on the 3rd Stage of Change.

 

In my book, R.O.A.D. M.A.P. to Get Organized, I discuss the Five Stages of Change. The common pattern I noticed among all of my clients is that they skipped Stage 3 and would fall off again in Stage 5. This caused them to be unsuccessful with their productivity goals, and is the reason why they wound up calling me in.

 

So, what is this all-important 3rd Stage of Change?

 

Preparation.

 

That’s right. You’ve gotta do some thinkin’ and plannin’ if you want to be successful with your change. So, if you didn’t quite accomplish your New Year’s Resolution, consider doing the following:

 

  1. Define what it is you want to change.
  2. State a specific reason why you want to change.
  3. Give at least one specific benefit you will reap when you are successful with the change.
  4. Create your motivational mantra to encourage you along the way.
  5. Schedule time on your calendar to take the necessary steps to be successful with change.

 

Yup, this does take some time. Could it be a little tedious? Maybe. But in the long run, the time you invest in preparation will pay dividends when you are successful with your change.

About Helene Segura

As The Inefficiency Assassin™, Time Management Fixer Helene Segura empowers professionals on the go with the tools to slay lost time. Personal inefficiency at work leads to increased stress levels, lower morale, higher absenteeism, more turnover – and rising spending on employee health care and hiring. Why not improve productivity, decrease stress levels, and increase profits instead? The author of four books – two of which were Amazon best-sellers – Helene Segura has been the featured organization expert in more than 200 media interviews including publications such as Woman’s Day Magazine and Money Magazine, as well as on Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC affiliates. She has coached hundreds of clients to productivity success and performance improvement by applying neuroscience and behavioral modification techniques to wipe out destructive, time-wasting habits. Kanban, Kaizen and time management may be fuddy duddy terms; Helene’s content-packed keynotes and workshops, however, are anything but. Helene turns time management on its head by sharing both client case studies and pop culture examples to teach her mind-bending framework for decreasing interruptions, distractions and procrastination so that companies can spend more time generating revenue.

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