Choose your task in advance

“There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing.”

Brian Tracy

The most productive people are not effective because they do every thing. Instead, highly productive people have become effective because they acknowledge there are things they should not be doing in the first place.

We all have a few hours each day to get things done. The good news is not all tasks have the same priority. The bad news is a lot of people don’t stop to figure out what is important and what is trivial.

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Don’t let end of year burnout distract you


Q4 is an interesting time of the year. Most people see the final quarter as a mop up quarter. It’s not one to make new plans but a good time to neatly round up all the work you have been doing across the first three quarters. It is also the time many people face burnout brought about by a pressure to meet deadlines before the end of the year.

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Don’t let your light die

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What did you achieve in the first half of 2019?

A spiral notebook. A page is open with the words "Review" written on top

We have hit the half year mark for 2019. Thank you for following my blog so far. It’s also a milestone for me. That being said, what have you achieved in the first half of the year? It’s time to carry out a half year review.

Before you get started

  1. Find a quiet spot. You will need as much focus as you can muster for this. You also don’t want to be distracted midway through.
  2. Have your personal development plan (PDP) in front of you. Your PDP provides an overview of what you set out to achieve for the year and how far you have come.
  3. Have something to write with. It can be a notebook, tablet or the note taking app on your phone. Please turn off mobile data if you choose to use an internet enabled device. You don’t need the distractions.
  4. Take your time. Your midyear review is not something you want to rush.

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All set to start your review

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Three things you can do to stay on track towards achieving your goals for the year

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This post is the second part of the article from last week where I talked about reviewing your personal development plan (PDP) for the year to see how well you did in the first quarter. If you missed that article, you can read it here.

The first Quarter of 2019 is over. That’s 90 days gone. By now, you should have made some progress towards achieving the goals you set for yourself in your PDP. If you wanted to write a novel this year, for example, and had set yourself a target of writing just 300 words per day, you would have written 27,000 words by now. That’s about 1/3 of the average novel. Consistency adds up.

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Keep laying bricks everyday

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Let’s review our PDPs

A spiral notebook. A page is open with the words "Review" written on top

The first quarter of 2019 is over. This is a great time for you to conduct your first review of the personal development plan you made at the beginning of the year. A personal development plan is a necessary component for continuous learning and self-improvement. It is advisable that you have a plan for each year and take the time to review the plan a few times every year. Doing a quarterly review is, in my opinion, the best although there are people who support carrying out a review every month.

You want to carry out a personal development plan review in order to:

  1. Confirm you are still on track to achieving your stated goals for 2019.
  2. See how much progress you have made towards achieving your goals.
  3. Verify your stated goals are still important to you.

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