Happy New Year! For many people, a new year means a new set of goals. Is this you? If it is, I want you to consider a couple of things before you set those goals. Create clear intentions that will support your goals. It is never a bad thing to set new goals for yourself, your family, or your business. Oftentimes, however, people do not take the time to look at their current schedules, their priorities, or even where their focus is needed.
If you have a busy schedule already and throw your new goals into the hectic mix of life, you are setting yourself up for failure.
In the first chapter of my book, Confidence, Clarity & Ease: A Guide For Emerging Leaders To Thrive, I discuss the three things that are required from you to be productive. The first one is that you must prioritize your responsibilities. If you don't know what the priorities are, you won't know where your focus should go. If you are one to always say, "Sure, I can do that." without even taking time to consider what is already on your schedule then you must learn to say, "No" or "Let me check my schedule, before I agree to this." If you are juggling too many things all at once, inevitably the balls will begin to drop and you will end up feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.
The third thing you need to do in order to be productive is delegate. That means that you're not doing all of the work by yourself. You can give jobs to others around you who you trust. All of these things will significantly help with your productivity. Delegation can happen once you determine what your unique value is that you bring to your team, business or organization. Goals are wonderful to create, however clearer intentions of how you will go about attending those goals are even more critical; a mindset that values productivity instead of busyness will go a long way with what and how you accomplish your goals this year. Being productive for one day can turn into a week, which turns into a month, which can turn into a whole year! Everything we achieve in life starts with small steps. You've got this and we're ready for you to be productive in 2022!