It’s Friday, you’re in your ‘casual Friday’ clothes, someone brought in cakes and everyone is feeling a bit more chirpy, cheerful and chilled out.
Brilliant! We both know that most days in the office aren’t like this – so make the most of this relaxed vibe and use it to your advantage.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Whether it’s booking yourself into a meeting room, blocking off the time on Outlook, or just asking your colleagues to answer your phone for the next half hour (play fair though and return the favour!), give yourself thirty minutes of Friday Focus.
- Grab a pen and a notebook. Think back over the week you’ve had. List everything that went well. List all your achievements, large or small (anything from winning new business to working out how to do a vlookup). Then take a look at your objectives (your personal objectives, not the company’s objectives for you – I talk about this more in my book, Coping with the Horroffice). And think about how you’ve taken steps towards them through what you’ve achieved.
- Finally, look through what you’ve got planned for the following week. Are there any actions you can take within what you have to do that will help you take another step closer to your goals? Jot them down. take a minute to picture how well next week will go for you.
Doing this once a week, every week will make sure you’re always focused on your goals and on the next small steps you’ll be taking to get there.
Let me know how you get on, and have a fabulous Friday!