As busy professionals, life is hectic and fast-paced. The pressure is on to keep building your career, but how often do you take a moment to step back and plan where you’re going? Making the best use of your time and achieving the right balance can be really difficult.
I spent years trying to balance a high-powered career in management consulting with a healthy personal life. After extensively researching the self-help market, consuming numerous books, videos, podcasts etc I gradually started to understand the steps I needed to take to take more control of my life, make the best use of my time and achieve more. So here are some of my top tips for taking more control of your life and achieving more at the same time.
1. Set Big Goals
All high performers and achievers (whether it be in business, athletics or other walks of life) set GOALS. This is to ensure alignment of their vision with their day to day activities. Simply taking the time to write down your goals actually means that you are statistically more likely to achieve those goals! Don’t be afraid to set yourself big challenging goals to get your adrenaline going. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.
2. Be Consistent & Establish a Routine
Many people abandon their goals or resolutions when the going gets tough. People expect instant results and when they don’t see them, frustration kicks in. Giving up seems easier than sticking with it. What many people don’t realise is the cumulative effect and how small changes over a long duration of time can lead to big results.
For example, I wanted to get fit. But the idea of spending a full hour in an exercise class or gym filled me with dread. I found it all too easy to come up with excuses for not going. Instead I decided I would build a 15 min run into my routine each morning. Now 15 mins doesn’t sound like very much. But accumulated over the course of a week, it adds up to ~90 min of running. This made a big difference to my fitness but was such a small amount of time each morning that I couldn’t talk myself out of it!
Consistency and routine are key principles of success.
Start each day reflecting on your goals and what actions you need to take that day will really help to keep you focused.
3. Keep on Track
Make sure you take the time out regularly to step back, assess where you are at, work out where you want to get to and how you are going to get there. Weekly, monthly and annual reviews are key. Don’t just say you’ll do them, put some time in your diary now for the months ahead to make them happen.