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Are You Moving Towards a More Organized Life?

I don’t know about you but I feel busier than ever.  My family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers also seem to be in a great rush.

With all the pressure to GET THINGS DONE, I am often distracted, preoccupied, and worried. I start projects but do not finish them. I spend way too much time worrying rather than organizing and planning for the future. And my payoff for all of this stress is poor time management and a shortage of “me” time.

The following are some simple things that you can do to reverse the causes of disorganization and achieve a more organized life:

Worry less, set goals. A goal is more than a statement of something you would like to achieve. A goal is a plan that provides the framework of what and how you will achieve your vision. Behavioral goals are how-tos that help you reach your outcome goals. Outcome goals are aimed specifically at achieving a result.

Having a clear picture of your desired future will provide direction and pave a clear path to success.

  1. Establish a clear vision
  2. Create short-term (three-month) and long-term (yearly) goals
  3. Identify obstacles and strategies
  4. Define your motivation
  5. Set smaller, weekly goals

SMART goals:  Specific and small, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic, and Time-oriented

Examples:  Your outcome goal is to be in better health. Your behavorial goals are to exercise more, eat better, and avoid stress so that you achieve your goal of better health. Your outcome goal is to save more money. Your behavioral goals are to reduce expenses and spend less money.

Organize and plan ahead. You may find more “you” time if you are more organized and plan ahead. Use whatever you can to keep your organized. Think about the next day and what you need to do today in order to make tomorrow easier and more successful.

 

  • Use technology. Schedule important dates and times on your calendar, set email reminders, utilize planning websites. Use financial programs for organizing your bills and monitoring spending.
  • Purchase an organizer. Note pads, boxes, folders, shelves, calendars, planners, etc. will help you get and stay organized.
  • Make lists and stick to them.
  • Carry your “to-do” list with you.

Manage your time effectively. We misuse time when:

  • Our goals and objectives are unclear,
  • We are uncertain about our priorities,
  • We are tired or have low energy,
  • Misuse down time,
  • Have a perectionist mentality, or
  • Cannot say “no.”

To better manage your time:

  • Establish priorities. List your priorities in order of importance.
  • Use the 80-20 rule: spend the most time on what’s most important
  • Avoid perfectionism. Do the best you can, given the circumstances. Set goals that are realistic and achievable.
  • Put off procrastination.
  • Work on challenging tasks first. Tackle your hardest or most time consuming objective/task first. Do not leave it for the end of the day or the end of the week.
  • Do not spread yourself too thin. Learn to say “no” to your unrealistic expectations and to the unnecessary requests or obligations of others. Learn to set healthy boundaries.
  • Build flexibility into your schedule.
  • Be prepared for delays and use delays to your advantage. Bring work or reading material to appointments so that you will have something to do if people you are meeting with are delayed.
  • Get up earlier. An extra hour every day for a year is the equivalent of nine (9) weeks.
  • Delegate. Be willing to give up some control to others.

Make time for you. Find ways to recapture energy, practice stress-relieving activities, exercise, socialize, and enjoy your life.

  • Balance activities that require energy with time to renew energy.
  • Build rituals into your day that renew your energy
    • At home — list to soothing music, read, or soak in the tub
    • Work — take mini breaks every 60 to 90 minutes
    • Leisure — exercise, garden, dance, take walks
  • Do not over-book yourself.
  • Schedule time for leisure activities such as exercise, a night out with friends, or vacations/weekend getaways
  • Prepare ahead of time for leisure
    • pack a gym bag and keep it in your car
    • email friends/make reservations
    • schedule time off from work

What to do today to get moving toward your more organized life:

  • Achieve at least one major objective each day
  • Set time limits for each task
  • Eliminate one time-wasting or unimportant activity this week
  • Build “you” time into each day
  • Apply one time-saving tip you today

Now, get to it . . .

This Blog is made available by me, an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Connecticut. I am not a recruiter, hiring manager, or career agent. Nor am I an expert in any of the areas or issues related to job search activities. I am merely sharing my job search experiences with you. This Blog/Web Site is designed to provide accurate information on the subjects presented but should not be considered professional or legal advice.

Knowing Yourself: S.M.A.R.T. Goals

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“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

To have a goal means you have begun to make plans to achieve the goal. A S.M.A.R.T. goal is a goal that is in writing and is:

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  • Specific;
  • Measurable;
  • Attainable;
  • Relevant; and
  • Has a deadline (is time-based).

 

A specific goal should answer the questions What? Why? Who? Where? and Which?

  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • Why have such a goal — the specific reasons, purposes or benefits of accomplishing the goal?
  • Who is involved in helping you to accomplish your goal?
  • Where will you find the resources and assistance to achieve your goals?
  • Which requirements and constraints such as deadlines and resources will assist you to achieve your interim and final goal?

You must have concrete criteria to measure your progress in order for a goal to be S.M.A.R.T. Measuring the progress toward achievement of your goal will help you to maintain your focus and stay on track. A measurable goal will answer questions such as:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How you will know when you have accomplished your goal?
  • Indicators should be quantifiable.

A S.M.A.R.T. goal must be attainable and realistic. When you identify your goal you begin to paln for achievement of the goal — you develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity you will need to reach your goals. Don’t make a goal that is impossible to achieve based on your current resources and capabilities. If your goal is big, break it down into smaller goals or steps and go An attainable goal answers the question How?:

  • How will the goal be accomplished?
  • How realistic is the goal based on your constraints and obstacles?

A S.M.A.R.T. goal is relevant. A relevant goal answers YES to these questions:

  • Does this goal seem worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time for this goal?
  • Does this goal match your other efforts or needs?
  • Are you the right person to accomplish this goal?
  • Is this goal appkicable in the current business environment?

 

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A S.M.A.R.T. goal is grounded within a time-frame or target date for accomplishment. A commitment to a deadline will help you to focus your efforts on completion of the goal on or before a due date. A time-bound goal will answer the questions:

  • When will you accomplish your goal?
  • What can I do in six months to move forward to accomplishing my goal?
  • What can I do in six weeks?
  • What can I do today toward my goal?

 

When making plans to achieve your goal, write down the answers to the following questions and you will be on your way to achieving a S.M.A.R.T. goal:

What is my goal? What do I want?

Why do I want to do this? How will accomplishing my goal make me feel?

  • Is it time-bound?
  • Is it relevant?
  • Is it attainable?
  • Is it measurable?
  • Restate your goal and be specific

What obstacles might prevent me from achieving my goal?

Who or what can help me to achieve my goal?

What is the deadline for achieving my goal?

How will I know I have completed my goal? What are the checkpoints I’ve set to guide me to completion of my goal?

Now, get to it . . .

bitmoji155069107-3This Blog/Web Site is made available by me, an attorney licensed to practice law in CT. I am not a recruiter, hiring manager, or career agent. Nor am I an expert in any of the areas or issues related to job search activities. I am merely sharing my job search experiences with you. This Blog/Web Site is designed to provide accurate information on the subjects covered but should not be considered professional or legal advice.

Celebrate 2015 Accomplishments

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We rarely take time out of our busy lives to celebrate our successes. Before stepping into 2016, take a moment to think about all that you accomplished in 2015. Make a written list of everything you achieved, big and small.

  • Accomplishments:
    • What did you achieve, personally and professionally, in 2015? Did you make it to the gym at least three times a week? Did you spend more time with family and friends? Did you get the promotion you wanted? Did you find a new job that challenges and excites you?
    • Did you help anyone else to achieve their goals in 2015? Did you support a co-worker through the process of successfully completing an important project? Did you practice with your daughter so that she made the varsity team? Did you help your parents/grandparents to better understand and use their new smartphone or tablet?

 

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Once you’ve listed your accomplishments, create a detailed plan for your future development. Think about your future and set goals for turning your vision for the future into reality.

  • Individual development plan:
    • Create an overall vision for your life. This is a long-term view of what you want to achieve, personally and professionally. Ask yourself, where do I want to be in 10 to 15 years? Do you have the goal of learning patience, raising healthy and strong children, or being recognized as a leader in a particular professional industry?
    • Develop goals for each area of your life. These are the steps that will move you closer to turning your overall vision into a reality. Goals should be realistic and SMART (specific, measurable, actionable, relevant and timely).
      • Take an inventory of strengths, skills and passions and create an action plan to achieve your goals.
      • Ask yourself, What am I great at? What do I love doing? What energizes me? What is important for me to learn so that I am better at _____?
      • Identify an educational platform, internship, or a career path that will lead you to the top of your profession. A goal of solving global warming in the next decade is vague and probably not within your realm of control.
    • Start working to achieve your goals. Implement your plan. Create a schedule and allocate an adequate amount of time for working on your goals. Find someone or some resource to help guide you to success. Measure your progress, track your performance on a regular basis (monthly or bi-monthly), and be prepared to make adjustments as necessary to stay on plan.

Now, get to it . . .