Ask the Coach: How do I stay organized and on track at work?

April 20th, 2018

This is one of the biggest challenges for many of my clients. Although many people are focused, they also compete with many priorities. Before they know it, their work has expanded to fill the time. Sometimes it’s because things came up that needed immediate attention, or because the goal focused behaviors were harder, or often uncomfortable. You’ve probably heard the phrase “plan your work and work your plan”. One of the most valuable methods of ensuring you achieve your goals is to plan daily for the activities that will make them happen.

A to-do list is a great tool to keep all the tasks you have to get completed. Returning voice mails, correspondence, calling clients, reviewing reports/financials are some examples. What are often not represented on the to-do list are the things you should do, but don’t necessarily have to do. These are the tasks that will keep you on track towards meeting your goals. Prospecting, reward and recognition for staff, coaching or giving feedback to staff are examples.

The daily plan doesn’t have to be a complicated exercise, and it should not take more than 5 minutes daily. It is the act of saying to yourself “What should I do tomorrow”, and planning those 1, 2 or 3 activities that will make progress on your ultimate goals. My challenge for you is to start using a daily plan everyday! My request is that you spend five minutes to plan for your day before it begins. In fact, the best time to plan for tomorrow is before you leave work each day. Write down the one, two or three activities that will have a direct impact on ultimately achieving your goals. If you do this everyday, I guarantee you will keep yourself on the path to success and create results.

For more career, sales, and leadership advice please contact our coaches
Joe Micallef – Sales Coach – email, or call (773) 329 0066
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