“Procrastination is said to be the thief of time” We have the tendency to postpone our tasks promising ourselves we will do better one day soon. People make New Year resolutions that they don’t keep after a few weeks into the New Year. Every year holds in store promises, opportunities and prospects that must not be trivialized. As we usher in 2011 we must commit to doing things differently. We can simplify our goals and make them S.M.A.R.T. so that every day can count for us:
Specific: Get up early to set your priorities for the day. Spending time meditating in the Word of God helps build the character required for the market place experience. You will possess inner strength with virtues needed to build your intra and inter personal relationships. Prioritize time for your family, holidays and rest. Exercise your body and eat right. Take care of your body because it is your greatest treasure as you expose your potentials through work. You can never maximize your potentials through ill health situations.
Measurable: Juggling between tasks can be challenging. Some people are completely distracted and can’t run with their tasks till completion. When you start too much you have the tendency to finish too little. Start on precision to build on your successes by mastering one thing at a time. Use a good organizer, a diary to plan your time and resources. Don’t dissipate energy on tasks that won’t in any way add to your productivity.
Achievable: Don’t swallow the elephant in a single bite. Taking baby steps towards the big picture is the rule of the game. Paul affirmed “One thing I do”. Speak in terms of what you will do rather than what you won’t attempt to do. Set realistic goals as this will motivate you to a higher goal after you accomplish the task on hand.
Recordable: What you can’t measure you will definitely not be able to manage. Documenting your progress makes you accountable. You don’t have to wait till the end of the year to measure your progress. You need to appraise to keep tab on your progress. “Which of you intending to build a tower, will not first sit down to count the cost to see whether he has sufficient enough resources to finish it”
Time-Specific: Learn to review your goals weekly or daily if you’re struggling with your tasks. In this way you can troubleshoot early, and change direction when necessary. “Throw yourself into your tasks so… everyone will see your progress”
As we embrace 2011, despite the economic challenges there will be tremendous opportunities for everyone who can see with their inner eyes. Eyes that look are common but the ones who actually see are rare. You must maximize your opportunities to pioneer, strengthen, establish and reposition in your life endeavors. Get up off the couch and go for it! Distinguish yourself from the pack. There are tremendous opportunities waiting for your discovery this year. You cannot afford to be complacent! You must keep moving toward your perfect day! Happy New Year!