So did you take Ashley’s advice and just breathe? If you did and you are still feeling overwhelmed, think about the environment in which you operate. Does it allow you to achieve your goals? Do you compare yourself to others?
Often we find ourselves creating false logic or justifications to put off tasks that we find challenging or less desirable to complete. We worry about what others are doing and how our actions stack up to their success. Acknowledge the instinctual fear that exists—fear of failure, fear of rejection, or fear of being perceived in a manner that goes against your brand.
Become more self-aware in 2017. Understand what you can and cannot control. Recognize your strengths, as well as your habits and tendencies that may limit your success. Eliminate those that work against you and make an effort to get things done. Try incorporating the following tips into your routine to help you achieve your goals this year!
Understand WHY. Why are you doing this? Why do you want to achieve this goal? Are you doing it for yourself or to appease another party? What are your intentions? Have a concrete reason to put forth the time and effort needed to accomplish what you set out to do. Ensure your heart is invested in these actions and that you are passionate about what you are doing.
Build a roadmap. Start with your end game in mind and reverse engineer the process. Research and identify the steps you need to take to reach that goal. You may need to refine the process as you go along, but this will serve as guide.
Manage ambiguity. In most cases, you will find that you may not have a clear path to successfully achieve your goals. Identify factors that are out of your control and learn how they may affect your work stream. Remain calm and create various what-if scenarios to cover all of your bases to ensure success.
Create a task list. Now that you have built your roadmap, build a “to do” list that captures the steps you set forth for yourself. This will hold you accountable and allow you to see your progress. Use an app to manage this list or good old-fashioned pen and paper. It still works. Pick the mechanism that works best for you!
Learn to say “NO!” Everything you do takes time. Work realistically and understand to what you can truly commit. Lacking time-management skills can hinder you from accomplishing what you set out to achieve. Do not put off tasks to the point that you are scrambling to complete them. It is okay to say “NO” when you are unable to fully commit to something.
Limit distractions. Set your priorities straight. We all like to binge watch Netflix or join our friends for half-price wine night, but those who are most successful work smart and get their stuff done first! Most distractions are social in nature and FOMO (the fear of missing out) is a real phenomenon. Not being dialed into everything that happens in your social circle is okay when you achieve your desired goals!
At Katz, we have a team of advisors to help students achieve their goals and prepare them to be ready for anything. Please contact Melissa Shapiro if you have any questions or to learn more.