How to Sharpen your Goal Focus

Published on 15th February 2018 in Goal Setting

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You are experiencing the flow of achieving the GPSgoaltrak 3-goals-a-day. Take your performance to the next level by implementing these four tips.

1. Learn to say ‘No’ to stuff that’s not aligned to your goals
When a colleague asks you for a favour or to take on a new task, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is this aligned to my Breakthrough or Key goals?
  • Does it contribute to the company’s objectives or to the objectives of my department or team?
  • How important is this task to my personal professional development?

Even if the request has come from your boss, it’s acceptable to ask these questions. If you’ve clearly established your Breakthrough and Key goals, the two of you will be able to determine if this request doesn’t fit.

2. Delegate more
Do you find that you’re working longer hours than everyone else? Do you feel that nothing would get done properly without you? Do other people keep offering to help you? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, think about whether you’ve got too much on your plate.

  • Identify tasks that are not aligned with your goals. Review your workload and look for tasks that are not aligned with your breakthrough or key goals. These are the things you should consider delegating.
  • Choose the right person. Is there work that could augment – or take advantage of – a colleague’s skill set?
  • Keep your boss informed throughout this delegation process. Ensure you get buy-in and support.

3. Stop multitasking
Multitasking is like interrupting yourself continuously. Here are three myths about multitasking.

  • Humans are capable of doing two things at once. We’re not. So, if you are flipping through this article while talking on the phone, put the phone down and read it again. You can only do one thing at a time.
  • Multitasking makes you more efficient. Wrong. In fact, research shows that it will take you 25% longer to complete the initial task once you’ve picked up another one.
  • The stress of multitasking makes boosts your performance. Anxiety reduces your ability to think clearly or creatively; it also makes you act impulsively.

4. Work in 90-minute increments
Concentrate on one task (or group of tasks), uninterrupted for 90 minutes. This is the optimal amount of time for focus. Research discovered that our bodies operate a 90 minute rhythm during the day – known as our “ultradian rhythm.” After 90 minutes, take a break or refuel before switching to your next task.

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