The first few months of the year are a time when many have great intentions and plans. Of course, nobody wants to fall behind at work or not attain any set goals.
But with all these in mind, we sometimes end up sitting at our messy desks in mid-April wondering where the past few months have gone and what we have to show for it. That’s a situation to avoid. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure you achieve things at work without being stressed all the time.
Here are a few practical things to remember when it comes to setting yourself up for success.
This one is crucial to achieving your goals, for obvious reasons. If you have a certain amount of goals you want to achieve in a year, it helps to set rough deadlines.
Whether you need to reorganize your filing system or you want to learn a new skill, it’s always good to have a time frame to work towards – especially if you’re prone to procrastination.
Focus on what you can control
It’s worth remembering that there’s no point in having a list of goals to achieve by the end of the year if the results of those goals are out of your hands.
That’s just setting yourself up for possible disappointment when others are not thinking along the same lines as you. Do everything you can on your end and accept that you can’t control or anticipate how your colleagues will behave. For example, instead of saying to yourself ‘my goal is to get a promotion,’ try saying ‘my goal is to ask for a promotion’.
Anticipate your downsides
If you know your weaknesses whether it’s procrastination, lack of assertiveness, or a tendency to steamroll conversations, then you can anticipate how they might interfere with your goals.
Chances are, your goals may have something to do with working on your weaknesses.
Knowing your weaknesses also ties in with the point about focusing on what you can control when it comes to being successful. You can control your weaknesses if you put your mind to them.
Ask for help
It’s a sign of good character to be able to ask for help. Unfortunately, asking for help is viewed as a weakness by a lot of people who want to be successful.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. No matter what you need help with, you’ll feel better once you get it off your chest. And when you feel good and confident at work that’s when you’ll be happiest and at your most productive.
Learn a new skill
Stagnation is never a recipe for success and it can be too easy with all the other things life throws at us to give up on learning new things.
For a constantly evolving industry like digital marketing, it is vital to keep your learning and development ticking over so you don’t end up getting left behind and having to catch up.
Do a little bit of upskilling every week and you’ll have a new skill to add to your CV in just a few months. Think of it as an investment in yourself.