Remember talking about keeping track of accomplishments and successes back in December? It’s helpful to track what you do on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis so when you evaluate yourself at some point (weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly), you’ll be able to see how far you’ve gotten … or not!
I think Fridays are a great time to evaluate the past week’s achievements. The evaluation is so you know what you accomplished, of course, and to help you start creating the next week’s To Do’s.
It should also be a bit more than that. Whether you’re a business owner, or work for someone else, tasks you completed should ultimately lead to building your business, or helping your employer build hers.
Consider these questions when evaluating the past week:
- What actions did I take this week that produced the results I wanted?
- What actions did I take this week that did not produce the results I wanted?
It can be easy for Shiny Object Syndrome to hit at any time of the day. You know, the dust bunnies calling to you to round them all up into a dust pan instead of tackling your next assignment. The breakfast dishes having to be washed and dried and put away before you can make that cold call. Or you just have to find out the latest news from the water cooler area.
Of course, you most likely aren’t tracking ‘did the dishes’ as an accomplishment, but you’ll know from looking back at your calendar what happened and what didn’t to give you your weekly results.
Tasks you didn’t do most likely have to be moved to the next week. But maybe some tasks can be removed from the list. Evaluate what you didn’t get done.
- Why did you avoid it?
- Can you delegate it to someone else?
- Does it absolutely have to get done?
- What is the repercussion if the task doesn’t get done by the end of the next business day?
Take some time to figure out what is working and what isn’t, and adjust your strategy and schedule accordingly. I know I love having more accomplishments each week than open items and I feel quite successful whenever I am more powerful than Procrastination!
- What time of day was I most productive?
- What time of day was I least productive?
- What types of projects did I enjoy working on the most?
- What types of project did I not enjoy working on at all?
Change may be a constant in life, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Even if what you’re doing isn’t working, it’s much easier to keep doing it than it is to stop doing it, especially if that means you should start doing something new (and probably a bit scary since it’ll nudge you out of your comfort zone a bit), instead.
However, changes are often necessary in order to be Successful (with the capital ‘S’).
I’d like to suggest that you not be afraid to change what isn’t working, as it’s the only way to discover what will work!
Are you up for the task of re-evaluating what’s working and what isn’t?
Lisa J. Jackson is a self-employed writer and editor. She loves writing about NH people, places, and activities. She writes fiction as Lisa Haselton, has an award-winning blog for book reviews and author interviews, and is on the staff of The Writer’s Chatroom where she gets to network with writing professionals on a weekly basis. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Biznik.