This is a guest post by Jane Saunders from Debt Management
Whether you are running a business or trying to organize your home, you will be more likely to succeed if you can stay on track and stick to a well thought out plan. In order to achieve your goals, you must begin with a logical plan. You’ll have to be committed to what ever project you are working on and be willing to put in as much effort as necessary to find success. The road will be long, but if you choose the right goals, the effort and hard work will be worth it.
Staying on track requires one to be able to focus on the immediate task at hand and not let your brain wander endlessly on other things that do not have anything to do with what you are trying to achieve. Many people start a project and then get diverted because someone comes by and interrupts them. They may get to talking and decide that it would be more fun to go to lunch with their friend than finish cleaning up the garage.
Procrastination and putting things off until later is a main enemy to staying on track and working toward a goal. In order to stay on track, you must reach down deep inside of yourself and summon the strength and fortitude to resist the urge to finish the project later. That is not to say you can not take a break when you need to rest, but, make it 15 minutes instead of 3 hours or the next day.
If you are running a business, it is very important to stay on track. You need to be very organized because there are often a number of things going on at the same time. If you are in charge of other people, not only must you do your work, but you must also make sure they are doing their work as well. If you have good, competent employees, everything will probably go a lot smoother and you’ll be able to stay on track and work toward your goal.
Setting a goal is so important when you are trying to get something done. You should set small goals that are easily achievable instead of one big, hard to manage, hard to achieve goal. For instance, imagine you want to completely redo your kitchen. It can be a massive job if you look at it as one project. Instead, you should divide it up in to smaller, separate jobs that you can take one by one. You might devote one day to gutting the old kitchen by removing the appliances, tearing down the cabinets, pulling up the old flooring and cleaning up the whole mess. The next day, you may lay new tile or other flooring and perhaps start to hang your new cabinets. After that, you might want to install your granite countertops, put in the new appliances and maybe do a little touchup painting. By making progress each day, you will be encouraged and get closer to reaching your goal of a sparkling new kitchen.
Having a friend or co-worker help you is a great way to stay focused on what needs to be done. While you have to watch out that you don’t neglect the job by socializing too much, having someone working with you usually helps to motivate you to do your best. After all, you don’t want to look like the slacker in the group.
When it comes right down to it, you must set your mind on the task at hand. Don’t allow distractions to interfere with what you are trying to achieve. It can take some willpower and perseverance, but if you stay strong, you can do anything.
This article was contributed by Jane Sanders from Debt Management. Visit her site for tips on choosing the right debt management service.
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