Winter is coming…
It’s that time of the year again, and you know what that means. Time to get ready for a most exciting time: the annual review.
On paper, it’s a way to recap what you’ve done, how well you’ve done it, and what you can do next year to do an even better job.
Some of you will drink the kool aid, dig in, and really try to get the most out of it. Others think it’s all crap—a pointless exercise that wastes everyone’s time and serves as a checkbox for everyone to cross off so HR is happy.
The truth lies somewhere in between…depending on what your company is like. Continue reading
We all want to do things we aren’t doing. Some of us want to go to the gym. Some of us want to learn Spanish. Some of us want to crochet more.
Whatever it is, everyone’s excuse is usually the same: I just don’t have the time.
You wake up, take a shower, and head to work.
You get back at 6pm, eat some dinner, and watch a little TV to decompress.
You chat with your significant other, play with your kid (if you have one), and then you’re tired. Maybe you read a little bit to slow your brain down, and by then you’re ready to go to bed again.
My last two posts on goal setting were pretty heavy on theory, so I’d like to give a concrete example of a time where I’ve set a goal and needed to set up a long-term plan to make it happen.
A way to tilt the odds in my favor.
In case my last post didn’t resonate with you, I’d like to expand a little bit on the whole idea of creating a plan to achieve a goal.
Achieving goals means you have to consistently execute over a period of time. That means you have to put a plan in place that gives you a chance to succeed.
Goals and Coin Flips
When you identify a goal, there are two likely outcomes: you’ll either do it or you won’t. A or B. Heads or Tails.
Yesterday I decided to break out of my usual routine. Instead of getting up at 5:30am and going straight to my computer, I would throw on some workout clothes, run to the gym, and work out.
I woke up and the first thing I thought was, “Ugh…I just want to go get my coffee and sit in front of the computer.”
It was a battle.