The worldwide pandemic has afforded most of us the rare opportunity to reflect, assess, and create the way forward. In the everyday hustle and bustle of work and life, rarely do we get a chance to pause, let along actually come up for air. We all have the choice of coasting along or stepping on the productivity gas pedal. Now is the time to set some goals.
Whether you are an employee working from home for the first time or a kid learning to manage your class workload online, we can all benefit from goalsetting. Without goals, it’s tough to stay on track when there’s no one watching over your shoulder. Without goals, how will you be ready when your opportunity comes?
In my home gym I made a sign that says, “What are you doing today to prepare for tomorrow?” Are you making progress or are you just spinning your wheels? Goals are helpful when it comes to daily workouts, work, relationships, and life. As a virtual employee, YOU must determine what you will accomplish on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis in order to reach the deadline for your project or overall outcome. Long term goals are great, but without a plan to reach they don’t happen.
I have found mini goals are helpful in achieving the long-term goal but also in motivating you along the way. Here’s how it works. If you have a project due the end of the month, determine what you need to achieve each week to meet that deadline. Then, give yourself a goal for each day. You’ll find motivation in hitting the benchmarks as you progress. I’ve found it helpful to chunk out my day and spend concentrated time on a single project. This allows me to go deep and not be tempted by the outside distractions of social media, the daily COVID-19 Task Force update, or the fully stocked pantry that is hollering for a drive-by visit.
The same applies to your workout routine. If you are going to do 100 push-ups this week, how many will you do each day to get to that goal? If you are going to connect with five old friends this month, who will you reach out to this week? If you are going to read a book this week, how many pages will you read each day to accomplish that? COVID-19 has afforded us some much-needed down time. Make sure you use it wisely so when the shelter-at-home order is lifted, you’ll be proud of what you were able to accomplish!