Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Growing up, this is something I have heard time and again from my parents. You may have heard it yourself, but if not listen up.
Whether you would like to think it or not our days on Earth are limited. The only thing that will allow us to maximize the amount of time we spend at work, at home, at the gym, or at life in general depends on our internal self-motivation. Think about what your goals are in life. Every year, in preparation for New Year’s Day, we hear people claiming they will get out of debt, strive for a promotion, be nicer to others, or the infamous lose weight. What are you doing this very moment to get closer to that goal?
The key is to take steps to move forward and set yourself actionable goals. Personally, I set an actionable goal that I would grow my company’s social media accounts and the hits to our website by 100% in 2012. I spent the entire year working towards it and making little steps forward. I can proudly say I have now surpassed that goal.
An actionable goal is one that can be met, is measurable and has a time frame associated with it. Losing weight, for example, is not an actionable goal. An actionable goal for losing weight would read something like this: To lose 10 pounds by June 2013 in time for my best friend’s wedding. Set. Work. Achieve. Set again.
Moving forward is the key point. If you want to lose weight you may have to get up an hour earlier and work out before work. If you want to become a better public speaker a wise first step would be going to the web-site of your local Toastmasters club. If you are working towards a promotion at work you may not be able to clock-in at 9 and clock-out at 5 every day. Whatever the case may be, it takes creativity and a passion for making yourself better to succeed. If you sit idle and wait for something to happen to you, it probably will not.
Consider the level of personal productivity if things were not put off. Say you get a request at 4:45 and figure it can wait until the morning. Then morning comes and you have 3 more requests that came overnight that all need to be resolved today. Now you have made it more difficult on yourself. You could have stayed an extra hour, if that, and finished the task last night, but now since you are so swamped you will have to stay considerably longer today. It is a never-ending process unless you stay motivated.
Internal motivation is not easy. It is ingrained in some people more than others. However, once results start coming through it is easier and easier to continue the motivational trend.
So what is the ultimate New Year’s resolution? Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today. That is my resolution. What is yours?
This is Kaizen for your goals – continuous improvement.
Kaizen is about continuous improvement. Japanese automakers used this process to improve processes created by American automakers to steal market share. Now I have created a series entitled Kaizen for Your Goals. It’s about continually improving yourself to make your goals a reality quicker and more effectively. Small steps now = big results later.