“NO” is the most powerful productivity tool ever! As the new year is upon us, with all our new goals and aspirations, it is easy to get caught up in the vortex of hoarding opportunities. With the myriad of information and prospective “things” we can do with our time, money, and energy staying focused is … hard.
To effectively evaluate if you should say “YES,” getting clear about what is important is critical. (Check out my 10 Minute Goal Setting Blog Post if you need some direction with this.) Remember, that when you say “YES” to one thing you are saying “NO” to something else. Your resources are not endless! Filter questions include:
If I say YES to this opportunity, what will I be saying NO to?
Will saying YES help me achieve something valuable, useful, or important?
Will saying NO be a relief?
Once you are clear with what’s important saying “NO” becomes much easier.
Of course you do, but perhaps the question should be, “What are your goals doing for you?” If they are simply floating around in your head, they are probably just frustrating you, but if you take the time to do something with your goals, they can enrich your life.
Many people say they don’t use goals because it seems so complicated. Not so. Using goals to shape your life more the way you want it is really quite easy. Take ten minutes and you are on your way to accomplishing the things in your life that are most important to you.
Before you begin, it is important to review a few key terms relating to Goal Setting. A goal is an action statement that reflects a desired outcome. Life areas are areas you consider important in the balance of your life, i.e.: business, self, family, and service. The term measurable means quantifiable through time, quantity, result, or concept.
The goal of getting organized is not to be perfect; it’s to make life easier. Do you want to get your mail under control? File your paperwork? Find your summer shoes? Once I give clients permission to not be perfect their progress takes off. Ask yourself – “what is good enough?” Good enough doesn’t have to mean Pinterest perfect visuals or complex systems.
It’s always best to begin with the end in mind. If your goal is to be able to find things when you need them than that’s the type of system you should create – Consider: Continue reading »