Episode 106: 5 Reasons Why Goal Setting Will Improve Your Focus and Productivity 1


goal setting

“Begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen Covey

We’re back from Brad’s third time finishing an Ironman race and our mini vacation. Check out his yellow finisher t-shirt in celebration of success… So appropriate given that we’re talking about goal setting today, which is pillar five in our nine pillars of productivity series.

We’re going to share with you five ways that goal setting can increase your focus and improve your productivity. And the secret sauce to greater success in goal setting.

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Certainly, in Brad’s fitness journey over the past two decades, he was much more motivated, consistent, and on track with a clear, committed goal out in front like a marathon or an Ironman. And accountability was a huge component-physical training does that whether hiring a coach or setting a large fitness goal and tell people about it-it’s not achievable without following a program. So Brad became accountable to his coach, accountable mostly to himself, but also to the people that on Facebook that he told.

In my case, with a goal out in front, I work hard to get it done. Yes, I may procrastinate a lot until the last minute, but I do what I say I’m going to do. It’s really connected to my core value around integrity. After my dissertation, I’ve written three complete books and they all had deadlines attached to them and I met each deadline.

Deadlines are a little bit different than goals. Writing a book was a goal, and what helped me to achieve that goal was to have clear deadlines and external accountability to keep me on track.

Five ways that goal setting can increase your focus and improve your productivity

  1. Goals guide your focus – when you commit to a goal, you align your actions and your intentions with that goal. You eliminate overwhelm because you know exactly what you need to be doing on a daily basis to make progress. Try shooting an arrow without a target – what’s the point? You end up wasting time and energy if you aren’t clear what you are working towards.
  2. Goals allow you to measure progress – there is nothing as supportive as seeing your progress to keep momentum going towards a particular goal. This is what Brad experienced as he trained for a specific Ironman competition.
  3. Goals can boost your productivity by helping you to overcome procrastination. There’s a difference between deadlines and goal setting. Deadlines keep us honest and on track towards our goals. Also staying in integrity with ourselves.
  4. Goals are motivational! “By making a goal you give yourself a concrete endpoint to aim for and get excited about. It gives you something to focus on and put 100% of your effort into and this focus is what develops motivation. Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions, these can be changed as your priorities change, new ones added, and others dropped.” from an article by Osman on CodeofLiving.com We’ve certainly dropped some of our activities, even though they could make us money.
  5. Goals should be realistic and attainable – doesn’t mean they can’t be big and bold but you do need to set goals with timelines. If the goals are too abstract, vague or beyond your current reach you will lose motivation and momentum.

Brad and I share break down goal setting in clear, super simple ways, as well as share our personal stories about our successes and learnings. Cheers to increasing your focus and improving your productivity! Listen to the full episode here.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • The secret sauce to greater success in goal setting
  • Real reasons why we procrastinate and what to do about it
  • Five ways that goal setting can increase your focus and improve your productivity

LINKS:

The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind, Dr. Steven Covey

CodeofLiving.com

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Minette Riordan, Ph.D.

Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur with 17 years experience in media, marketing and sales. She is a lover of art, poetry and mythology and a complete geek who digs discussing how businesses work. One of her core values is continuous improvement; she is a seeker, wanderer and adventurer who loves dragons and coffee. Most days you can find her supporting her creative clients to build profitable businesses. And on other days you can find her in her art studio covered in paint.



About Minette Riordan, Ph.D.

Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur with 17 years experience in media, marketing and sales. She is a lover of art, poetry and mythology and a complete geek who digs discussing how businesses work. One of her core values is continuous improvement; she is a seeker, wanderer and adventurer who loves dragons and coffee. Most days you can find her supporting her creative clients to build profitable businesses. And on other days you can find her in her art studio covered in paint.


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