One Step to Consider in Setting Goals for 2012

One Step to Consider in Setting Goals for 2012 image 3876577832 89be10dd482Do you enjoy your work?  Do you look at each day as a new opportunity or is your schedule loaded with meetings and administrative tasks.

For 2012, I offer you one suggestion that I recently heard that I think could really make a difference for you.

At this time of year it is very popular to set goals, both personally and professionally. Goal setting is a great process because it helps you stay focused on achievable tasks that you can track and measure.

Here is a simple suggestion that Susan Koenig -Executive Coach offered to me.

CREATE YOUR “STOP” DOING LIST!!! –  Make room in your life for the things that matter most!

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Make this a part of your goal setting list.  Each year some of us including myself continue to add items to an already packed schedule.

There are a number of things to look at with respect to this  important step in goal setting.

  • Delegate – Look and see if there are some work items you could delegate to another person in your department. Look for opportunities for others to get involved.
  • Evaluate your role as a board member- Attend the group as a regular attendee or stop going for a time to see if it frees up time to do something else.
  • Home Life – Analyze your personal involvement. Are you spending enough time with your family or are some activities at home taking you away from your family time. (Fantasy Football)
  • Meetings – Some places I worked had meeting rooms scheduled out for 2 years in advance. Are you meeting just to meet? Evaluate the effectiveness of meetings
  • Project Responsibility – Is it time to stop a project that is not working out? Is it time to give up current project responsibility? Is it time to start a new project?

These are just a few areas to look at. I really like this step and I am going to make a conscious effort to look at this area both personally and professionally. I think it will really pay dividends in 2012.

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