Your Settings for Success

Posted at Legal Practice Intelligence - 9 January 2017 - by Peter Frankl

January is the month that many of us think about our personal and career goals. If the word goal makes you feel uncomfortable, think of the word settings instead.

What are your settings for the year? Are they configured for success?

One of the most important factors for success is managing time. It could be the most important factor.

Skills and experience are also important but there are a lot of successful people who like to remind us that perseverance is much more important than ability.

However, a lack of disciplined time management is likely to eliminate any chance of achieving a broad range of goals. Sure, you can abandon time management and still become rich and famous. You might become world renowned at one thing but at a high cost to the rest of your life and your sanity. 

Psychiatrist and author, Edward Hallowell has put forward an approach that recognises the desirability of achieving goals but within the context of a balanced life. He suggests setting three goals for today, three goals for the next one to two weeks, three goals for the next six to 12 months and three lifetime goals.

While all of these 12 goals are different, they can be related to one another. For example, if your life goal is to write a book, then your year goal might be to write a chapter.

To summarise:

• Three goals for today
• Three goals for one to two weeks
• Three goals for six to 12 months and
• Three lifetime goals

The aim of this approach is twofold: it helps you prioritise your activities and it helps you set time for your priorities.

How often do these settings get adjusted?

The daily goals are reviewed and set every day. The weekly/fortnightly goals are reviewed each week/fortnight and so forth.

The three goals method has a lot of merit because it recognises that different goals have different time frames. It helps to bring the longer term goals into the current time frame so that when you reach the end of the year, you can avoid the regret of not making enough progress on some of your long range priorities.

The settings for success are therefore time-based settings, helping you to be vigilant that the urgent does not overwhelm the important every single day of the year.

Stay human at all times. Avoid becoming a goal junkie or goals-obsessed.

Although there is great wisdom in managing time well there is equal wisdom in recognising that what you do with your time is never more important than how you do it, how you treat others and how you treat yourself. 


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