New Year RESOLUTIONS
Plan to get some good results this year. Make this an achieving year!
The most influential people are the people who get things done. They are the people who have learned to manage their time by planning and practising good work habits.
Five resolutions to get things done
* Set a Daily Routine
Your scarcest resource is your time – ration it and use it well!
Get into good work habits. It’s a bit like driving a car; try to do things automatically. If possible, set a daily routine and try to keep to it. For example, arrive at work before others so you can plan your day in peace and quiet and get started early.
* Prioritise Your Work
Tackle the urgent jobs first, then the important ones.
Make the best use of your peak mental activity times. Do the jobs requiring your full concentration when you are at your peak working times. Only you will know when that is. Mine is early in the morning. Others may need a warm up time and start to come right after their morning coffee break.
* Set Deadlines for Important Jobs
If you tell people when you plan to finish a task you will have a greater incentive to get the job done on time.
* Break up Your Big Tasks
Carve big jobs into small bites and deal with only one bite at a time. This is an encouraging way to get big jobs done.
When a goal is reached reward yourself in some way.
* Try to do Only One Job at a Time
If possible, once you start a job try to complete it. Try to avoid getting side-tracked. Don’t flit from one job to another.
People who begin many things often finish few. Earn a reputation for being an achiever by meeting deadlines and getting things done on time.
Set a good example to others and aim to do jobs that will give you added confidence.
Never forget “Well done” is better than “Well said”.
“Success is more attitude than aptitude.”
Sources: “The Daily Tonic”, a FREE book available on-line from mossassociates.co.nz.
Time-Savers”, Moss Associates Ltd, New Zealand; McGraw-Hill, Australia and Time-Management Secrets”, Cengage Learning Asia. Also available from Amazon. com and as an e-book.