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- Plenty of people set goals at work, but sadly, like New Year's resolutions a lot of them are never achieved. Humans are fallible. We get busy and the urgent crowds the important. But, there are ways we can make it far more likely that we'll actually accomplish what we said we'd do and be the kind of people we want to be, people of our word. Here are three ways to hold yourself accountable and get more done. First, think about recruiting an accountability partner. This could be a co-worker or someone from another part of your life.
Your goals don't have to be the same. Maybe you want to get better at sales, so your goal is to make at least three calls to potential clients each day. Meanwhile, your friend wants to be more assertive at work, so her personal goal is to speak up with a comment, at least once during every staff meeting. Even if the specifics differ the thrust's the same. You know what you need to do in order to get better and you just need to stick to it. Having an accountability partner, someone you report back to on your successes and sometimes your failures, helps hold your feet to the fire and reminds you what you need to be doing.
If you know you're going to call her on Friday and report your results, you're a lot more likely to finish up those calls on Thursday. Another strategy is to make your goals public. If you tell others about them, it can be embarrassing if you fall short, and while embarrassment isn't a great feeling, it can be strategically useful to you. It helps guide you in the right direction. For instance, the journalist, Brian Stelter, was trying to lose weight a few years ago, so he started tweeting out a record of exactly what he ate and his weight on Twitter. He might be tempted to dive into that cake, but he realized that if he was going to tell the world about it he'd think twice.
You don't have to make your goals that public, but you might consider a variation, like telling your friends or boss or your co-workers. Finally, a sure fire strategy is to reward yourself if and only if you accomplish your goals. For instance, you might have a favorite TV show and you're looking forward to the new season. If you promise yourself you won't watch it until you finish writing that long and complicated report, you'll be far more incentivized to get it done in a timely fashion. Sometimes, depending on the goal, you can even directly connect the activity with a reward.
For instance, you might feel bad about reading trashy magazines, but if you let yourself read them when you're working out on a stationary bike it can make a tedious activity more enjoyable and more likely to be repeated. Personally, I like to rock out to 80's music when I'm doing bookkeeping and paying bills. Anyone can set goals, but not everyone can achieve them. If you stack the deck in your favor by setting up the right systems for accountability you can far surpass the competition.
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