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Before You Set New Goals, Think about What You Will Stop Doing

Deciding to accomplish something new with your life when your current schedule is already booked solid is impossible. This is a major reason why goals are never achieved—the person just never cleared out enough time to really dedicate to pursuing the goal. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Elizabeth Grace Saunders shares some advice to streamline your time to ensure there is room to achieve goals.

New Goals versus Old Problems

Her first tip is to “question all of your work commitments,” since work is too often assigned in a hurry or in a daze, and there may be no sense of prioritization to it. If you find you have been handed work that would actually be much better accomplished in the hands of someone with more pertinent skills or connections, would it be possible to transfer that work? At the least, have a conversation with your boss and your team to recalibrate on which work is and is not genuinely important. In the end, to visualize your work, you may want to draw out a chart that details each and every one of your professional commitments. All of these activities together should help you start to see where you can free up time in your schedule.

Reassess your work style

Saunders’s second tip is to reassess your work style, which can take many forms. For instance, you should scrutinize your recurring meetings and ask if it is possible to shorten their lengths or frequency. Or if work interruptions are a problem for you, you might want to create “office hours” of availability and then block people out the rest of the time.

Saunders’s final tip is to be strategic about how you create new goals:

Once you intentionally create space, you can strategically add in the activities that you want in your life. Sometimes that means simply having the ability to take a break during the day and not work at a frenetic pace, or it may mean moving ahead on an important project you’ve neglected for months. Or it may mean being able to reduce your hours so instead of working the second shift at night, you’re hitting the gym or spending time with family or friends.

For additional thoughts, you can view the original article here: https://hbr.org/2018/02/before-you-set-new-goals-think-about-what-youre-going-to-stop-doing

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