Had an interesting observation last week during an intense dialogue about achieving goals. This dialogue crystallized a few important issues for me regarding the difficulty people have in accomplishing their “goals.” And I will share this with you now.
Seems the real issue begins with the initial commitment to an idea about setting a goal. Yes, I said ” initial commitment” rather than a game plan or anything else.
There are fundamental differences between setting – and committing – to a real goal. Most people choose to only set a “general direction” rather than a true goal.
Let me explain…
GEEZ! It is amazing to hear how often smart business people exclaim about how great they are at multi-tasking. And, in the same breathe state how much they are getting done. Are You Kidding Me?
If you are an acclaimed multi-tasking individual I only have one question for you…
Are You Regularly Achieving Your Goals? Are You Producing High Value Outcomes?
Okay, I cheated – there were two questions. However, more importantly, how did you answer these two questions?
Most people I coach (therefore I really know how well they are performing) truly believe multi-tasking is the only way they can operate within their organization. Therefore, they spend an typical day going back and forth working on as many projects, tasks and activities as they can. Major mistake!
There are several reasons why people believe in multi-tasking and here are a few of the reasons stated most often…
Life is good. So is work…mostly. Most people will agree that working is good for you. Work- for most people- means much more than our daily bread. But even for people who absolutely LOVE their job, there will be portions of the job that are just not so great. Studies show that for the average worker, the following statistics apply:
- 30% of our job duties: we very much enjoy
- 40% of our job duties: are “ok”
- 30% of our job duties: are our Dirty Thirty
The “Dirty Thirty” are the parts of our job…and every job has them… that we don’t enjoy doing and the reasons for this are many.
Do you know the answer to the question? If not you, then who? We all have a tendency to think that our crazy schedules are out of our control. But are they, really? Each of us has the same 24 hours in a day. Right? And not one person gets more than 24 hours, right?
We must all exercise the discipline to work on those things that have the most importance. Sometimes you have the discipline…but not the determination…when another person drops something onto your already full plate. You may also have to learn to say “ NO “.
Parkinson’s Law says, “Work expands to fill the time available.” The law comes from the satirical book, Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress, written by C. Northcote Parkinson, an English historian and author.
The law is actually an expansion of the Peter Principle in which it is believed, “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to their level of incompetence”.