A lack of clarity can be one of the biggest causes of procrastination and delay. If you don’t know exactly what your goals are it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to identify and prioritize the tasks you need to work on to achieve them.
Take a moment to consider what you want to achieve, or work with others to define you define your work goals. Then, write your goals down so that you can refer back to them. In Tracy’s word: “A goal or objective that is not in writing is merely a wish or fantasy. Unwritten goals lead to confusion, vagueness, misdirection, and numerous mistakes.”
Once you’ve documented your goals, set a deadline, break them down into the tasks you’ll need to accomplish to get them done, and resolve to work on one goal task every single day.
When defining your goals, it helps to use SMART criteria. These are goals that at Specific Measureable Attainable Relevant Time-Based.