Some weeks ago I wrote a post about some dangerous creativity killers. In it I described the way they attack our creative muscles. I then promised to write a sequel to that post which would discuss how to defeat those creativity muscles dulling things. Well, here we are – this is the sequel.
Everyday I’m on the lookout for better ways to boost my productivity. I’m always testing new strategies – sticking to what works and dumping what doesn’t. All I want is to do more and get better. This is part of the reason why I have this column – to share what I’ve found to be working.
“Little by little, the bird builds its nest.”
– French Proverb
The past week has seen the usual end of year/ beginning of year frenzies. People all over the world took time to celebrate the New Year in hope of disassociating themselves from certain woes that bedevilled the past year.
It is true, there are lots of things we planned and even worked towards but were unable to complete them. This should not cast us down as there are on the other hand lots of things which we’ve accomplished.
Everybody does several things every day; our task list is always lengthy. We all have many things to do on a daily basis. Some are routine while others are not. The fact that we have lots to do makes it common to end a day with one or many unfinished tasks.
The three (3) positive attitudes you must imbibe to be successful
It is always a pity to see someone settling for far less than their capability. They never heed to the advice – Be positive.
They thus always conform to the negative manner in which the society portrays things.
Five tips to Staying focused on your goal
You nurse an ambition and pursue it. It is your goal and you focus on it. Many of us see our goal as priceless and worthy of all our effort. But sometimes you find yourself getting distracted from the goal itself, you lose focus and thus eventually lose the goal.
It’s commonplace nowadays to hear someone advice another: “set a goal.” or “Make it a target!”
Goal setting is such an integral part of our everyday lives that gives us a focus, a direction or path to thread.
In my bid to keep up growing and developing (being better day by day), I’ve always been among those who are so eager to set goals but haven’t been on the fortunate side of things when it comes to achieving them.
Everytime I fail to hit a deadline or attain a goal, I keep asking myself -Why is this so? Why can’t I achieve these goals?
I then found out that it wasn’t my goals that were wrong it was my approach to achieving them that was at fault.
Whenever you take action, you get better off when you had only planned, intended, wished or aspired. The statements below are commonly made by people who have a big wishbone and don’t back it up with a backbone of doing:
‘I wish I were a writer’,
‘I wish I were a dancer’,
‘I wish I had started a blog’,
‘I intend to join a music group’,
‘I am an aspiring businessman’,
Does this Sound like you? Many people are in the category of good intention makers but bad action takers.
A few weeks ago I was conversing with a friend whom I hadn’t seen for three years.
After the usual, ‘long time no see’ and ‘how have you been?’ salutations,
he asked me a question – ‘What does success mean to you?’ I was silent for a while and he added, ‘What’s your life target?’
I was dumbfounded by the gravity of the question and couldn’t answer. All through my journey back to school I kept pondering on it – what does success mean to me personally?
I didn’t get to the bottom of it until recently. I now understand what my friend was asking me to do.
In that post I promised to come up with a list of great apps to help you in scheduling. They are mostly called calendar apps or simply to-do list apps.
There is this certain surge by people today to live a life of purpose. To answer a call to their life’s work (vocation). This increased interest is well reflected in the increasing amount of publications on this subject in recent years. Some of these include Jeff Goins’ Art of work, Frances Okoro’s 10 steps to walking in purpose, Daniel Nicolas’ Innate Abilities, Wilson Biyama’s Purpose, the ultimate pursuit and a host of others. The list is endless. All these are geared towards teaching people to walk in purpose; to live for a cause; to live a life that is worth the days you’ve got; to making your life count.
I know these books had taught you a lot about this subject.
But, the question remains: how exactly do you make your life count? What is the nitty-gritty involved in making your life count?
Well, this post would tell you about a basic truth about this subject.
It is a New Year.
Everybody out there is busy wishing. Wishing that 2016 goes successfully, that they get this and that and other cool stuff. Wishing is very good it indicates hope and life.
But, I want you to see 2016 in another way. In a whole New Perspective.
A New Perspective.
I want you to view the year 2016 as a new book containing 366 pages. You decide what you write on each of those pages. To make 2016 a successful year you need to see each moment as an opportunity. Begin to see the goldmine in every second. Kayode Ajomole of Decounsellor would say “you need to wear an opportunity lens”. The way you look at everyday circumstances determines the way you think about them, the way you act towards them and thus your attitude.
I would like you to remember to :
- Set A goal for 2016 for he who fails to plan, plans to fail.
- Schedule your tasks to save time.
- Prioritize your tasks to save resources.
- Be happy and
- Be Yourself.
Additionally, you should tag the year – it’s cool. For instance I call 2016
“My year of Multiple Distinctions, Divine Breakthroughs and Continued Excellence.”
So go and have a Happy New Year.