Here’s another productivity tool for your time management revolution.
Have you ever felt like you are just not making any progress towards your goals, and then you’ve become completely unmotivated to keep working toward them?
Too many times I’ve watched my clients create goals or targets that are not measurable, and because they can’t be measured, they don’t know how far or how close they are to achieving what they set out to do. It can be very tempting to throw in the towel if you don’t know how close you are. That’s why it’s very important that you create a target for each one of your work priorities and your personal priorities (like we discussed in my previous productivity tools post).
For example, when I ask clients about what goal they’re trying to achieve, they might say, “Well, I would like to increase my revenue and make more money than last year.” That’s fantastic! But how do you measure that? You need a target that is quantifiable, such as, “I would like to have a 10% increase in my revenue over last year’s revenue.”
Or if you’re talking about your personal life, you might say something like, “I would like to spend more time with my kids in the evenings or on the weekends.” Again, fantastic, but how do you measure that? Instead, use a target that’s measurable like, “I will spend at least 90 minutes of uninterrupted time with my kids every week night.” (By the way, did you notice that this is a stronger commitment than the previous target, because we’ve moved from “I would like to” to “I will”?)
By having measurable targets, we will be able to know how close or how far we are to achieving our goals, and that’s what keeps us focused and motivated on continuing to work toward those goals, those targets. When distractions or interruptions try to pull us away, we can get back on track by focusing on our priorities and targets.
So today, get out a sheet of paper, create those targets, and make sure you view them every day so you’ll make better decisions about how you use your time.
Since everyone has different learning styles, below are two different delivery methods to help you learn these productivity tools.
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For more productivity tools and tips from time management keynote speaker Helene Segura, click here.