When we think of goal setting, we tend to associate this with our New Year’s resolutions. However, why wait until January to make a start on your goals? With only a few short weeks left until 2019, now is the perfect time to consider what you want to achieve before the end of the year. Goal setting doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds. In fact, by breaking your goals down into smaller, actionable tasks, you’re more likely to accomplish them. A recent study by psychologist Gail Matthews showed that people who write down their goals were 33% more successful in achieving them than those who only formulated outcomes in their head.
By putting in the work now, you can reduce stress, keep on top of your projects and get your new year off to the best possible start. Here are 3 simple ways DropTask can help you commit to your goals, maximize your motivation, and end 2018 on a productive streak of success.
Assess your workload
With the countdown to Christmas on, the chances are you and your team are looking forward to a well-earned festive break. Make your remaining time in the office count; with DropTask, you can organize your tasks efficiently so no minute is wasted. Add detailed information to your tasks, such as notes, documents and checklists all together in one space. When gathering ideas, our first action is usually to grab a pen and paper and start jotting them down. However, written to-do lists can easily become cluttered and outdated as tasks progress. Assessing your workload in DropTask’s adaptable canvas will allow you to update any details when needed and help you focus on your priorities.
December is usually when our projects begin to come to an end, and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with deadlines. Make sure you’re communicating with your team to ensure tasks are being completed. DropTask’s Discussions lets you all stay on the same page, so you can discuss work with colleagues directly within a task. Instant notifications will also keep you informed of conversations so you don’t miss out on any important updates.
Take time to reflect
Before thinking about what you want to achieve next year, take some time out to reflect on what has worked well (or not so well) during 2018. What lessons have you learned this year that you can apply to your new goals? Get started by creating a brand new project, where you can drop all of your goals into Canvas View. DropTask allows you to create multiple projects so no matter what you’re working on, your ideas will always have a home. Making your goals visual will help to cement them in your mind, while sparking your inspiration on what accomplishments you want to aspire to achieve.
Take a look back in your Completed Tasks to see how far you have come. Reviewing how you worked on your previous tasks will help you assess what could be improved going forward to further inform your future goals. Perhaps you noticed previous tasks were completed in a rush at the last minute? Your goal going forward could be to work on tasks further in advance. Once you have defined what you want to achieve, be sure to add due dates to each of your tasks for when things need to be completed, so you can manage these effectively.
Keep track of your goals
In order for your goals to be successful, it’s important to break them down into smaller steps in order to help you achieve the end result. Imagining your goal as one, big task is going to overwhelm you before you even get started. Set individual tasks for each goal, and then break these tasks down using Checklists. Defining the steps you need to take to achieve your goals will keep you on the right track, and help you tackle them in smaller, bite-size chunks. Ticking off your checklist as you go along will also keep your spirits high with regular boosts of motivation.
It’s also important to keep track of your progress so your goals don’t slip from your mind. Use the Progress Percentage bar to indicate to yourself and your team how much of a task has been worked on. Watching your progress status increase will keep you motivated to hit that 100% finish line, giving you a huge sense of achievement once your task is completed.