Welcome to another instalment of the Planner productivity series. Last time we discussed the importance of effective working methods which can be read here for those who missed it.
Today the focus will be on the importance of setting realistic targets.

When undertaking tasks it is always necessary to set realistic and achievable targets.

Usually there is so much we would like to get done but this doesn’t always correlate to what ‘needs’ to be done and that often leads us to be our own worst enemies by settings goals which are unrealistic and cannot be achieved.

When this happens we feel like we are failing which is an unfair accusation which we put on ourselves.

I am going to show you some tips to remember when you are setting targets for yourself.

  1. Know what you are capable of and what skills you have. If the task ahead is not to your strength work out if it is something that you are realistically able to achieve and to what standard you think you can complete to.
  2. Before agreeing to and setting any task goals find out everything you can about what is expected of you, how complex it may be and what deadlines are being asked.
  3. If you need specific resources make sure you’ve checked their availability and set your target in accordance with this.
  4. If the deadline is flexible set mini deadlines for yourself to complete the work. It is easy to get distracted when you don’t have a specific time or date to work too. Setting your own deadline will help keep you accountable for the work that needs to be completed.
  5. If you need help, guidance or assistance then ask. There isn’t any shame in admitting at times you need a little help.

I hope you find all these little tips helpful.

Thank you for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Previous Posts:

Prioritising Your Tasks

Benefits To Planning Your Work

Complex Task Management

Effective Working Methods

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