1 – Set precise and achievable goalsObviously you want to prove your motivation by giving your all at work and achieving impressive results,but don't expect to be able to do everything at once. You're motivated, true, but don't start thinking you're Superman/Superwoman. Wanting to contact 530 prospective clients in one afternoon isn't necessarily a good idea: it will take high levels of concentration and persistence to do so in a much shorter time than it would normally take. Doing things quickly isn't a sign of productivity either. Dedicating less time to the task at hand will therefore mean that you are giving it less attention. Start by setting yourself goals that are achievable in the time available. For example, "Contacting prospective clients" isn't very precise: how many people do you need to contact? How many days do you have to do so? Once you have defined the extent of your work, set a goal that you can reach easily with the means available.
2 – Set measurable goalsAs you set goals for the week or month ahead, try, as much as possible, to set quantifiable goals. You will have a lot less trouble following the progression of your work and getting results if you know where you are headed and whereabouts you are on the path towards achieving your goals. Transform vague tasks such as:
♦ "Write articles"
♦ "Find partners"Into more precise, measurable goals:
♦ "Write 3 articles",
♦ "Find 10 partners and contact 5",
♦ "Reply to 15 emails", etc.This will help you to stay up to date with what you still need to do, which is ideal not only for helping you to stay organised, but also for your moral. There's nothing better to help you stay motivated than knowing that you only have one article out of three left to write. The knowledge that you are already half way there will help you to stay motivated!
3 – Be impeccably organisedEveryone organises themselves differently, but it's important to remember what direction you are headed in and how much time you have to get there. If you have deadlines throughout the week, you will obviously need to organise yourself differently than for monthly or annual goals. It's important to be organised if you want to achieve your goals, but it's important for you as a person. Being organised allows you not only to see everything more clearly, but also to reduce stress. Imagine if you had no organisation in your life: at the mercy of your work, with a horrible feeling of not having any control over what you do... rather stressful, wouldn't you agree? Therefore, try to organise yourself at the beginning of each new period (week, month, year) by following these steps:
♦ Firstly, make a list of all your goals, without worrying about an order for the moment
♦ Once you have an overall vision of your various tasks (monthly or weekly, depending on your work routine), spread them out over several days, setting deadlines for each task
♦ Set aside a few days for unexpected interruptions: waiting on feedback from your manager, corrections, etc.It's really up to you how you decide to organise your goals. Some prefer to-do lists on their computers, other are more traditional and have a preference for paper diaries. No matter what your style, spread tasks out over the week by writing down deadlines so that you know how long you have to achieve your goals.