Everything that you are doing is connected in one way or another with your goals. Something that you want to reach. So, you will need to increase your commitment to your goals. Can you become more productive without the achievement of your goals?
For example, you want to reach something, and that something is to increase your own productivity. The first thing that you will need to do is making this goal much clearer. It will need to be the SMART goal.
In our case, let’s say that you want to increase your productivity by 20%. What is the meaning of that?
Because productivity is work done in a specific period of time, your goal will be to increase productivity by 20% or doing 20% more things in the same period of time compared with your previous work that was done in the same timeframe.
Now, when you know what your goal is, or what you want to reach you will need specific tasks or actions. If you want to improve your productivity by 20% you will need to implement those tasks into your everyday working routine. Probably, you will start the action list with something like this:
- Analyze the current workload.
- Analyze current work processes.
- Find all possible bottlenecks.
- Also, find solutions to eliminate bottlenecks.
- Find possible improvements in usual the processes that you use.
- Develop an implementation plan.
- Implement solutions from the plan.
But, a good plan doesn’t mean that you will achieve your goal to improve productivity by 20%. If you don’t complete that action list, not only that you will not achieve your goal, but you won’t know if the actions that you plan will help in improving your productivity.
You will not start doing things until you really want to reach that goal. If you don’t start doing things, we can’t talk about productivity. Productivity is highly connected with doing things.
Because you must achieve your goals, they are not a subject that you can set and forget. You need to work or implement actions that will lead to that achievement. How can you increase your own efficiency in achieving goals that you set to be achieved? The only answer to this question is a commitment to those goals.
If you are not obligated to achieve the goals, then how can you expect that you will achieve them? You need to turn inspiration into action.
Here are five steps that can help you in increasing commitment to your goals.
1. Increase Commitment: Make your goals achievable
You can’t achieve unrealistic goals, and you can’t expect that you will commit to something that you know that’s hard to achieve. For example, if you set the goal as our previous example to increase productivity by 1000%, that will mean you want to accomplish 10 times more work at the same time. This goal will be unrealistic. It’s much better to set 20% instead of 1000% and in an iterative way to try to increase your productivity first to 20%, with the next goal for another 20% and so on.
The first step to increase your own commitment is to know that you can easily achieve your goals. When you know that it is possible, you will focus on achieving them, working through each of your action steps.
2. Increase Commitment: Make your goals specific.
Specific goals will tell you what you need to do if you want to achieve them. Unspecific goals can be very confusing and will decrease your commitment.
Increasing productivity is a really confusing and undetermined goal. If you don’t know what you need to achieve and when you need to achieve probably, you will not even try to achieve it.
3. Increase Commitment: Write your goals on a piece of paper.
Different scientific researchers have proven that if you put something on paper, a commitment to that something is much bigger. In his book Influence – The Psychology of Persuasion, Dr. Robert Cialdini gives an example from the Korean War. The Chinese soldiers in the camps where they held prisoners and require from them to write statements that communism is better than the US system. In such a way, they will be committed to their own statement in which, basically, they did not believe.
By the way, as an entrepreneur you will need to be persuasive. In this great video Robert Cialdini give us the real secrets behind the science of persuasion.
If you write your goals on a paper, they will be in a category with more commitment than the goals that remain only in your head.
4. Increase Commitment: Present Publicly Your Goals
If you talk with only one person about your own goal, your commitment will be much bigger than if you are the only person that knows about your goal.
You will want to be seen as a responsible person, even in the eyes of that one person with which you share your goals. If you say that you will do something, there is a higher probability that you will really do that.
Because of that, for your most important goals, it is the best to be shared with the public.
5. Increase Commitment: Do You Know What You Need to Do?
If you know the activities you must implement in advance, you will increase your own commitment level. Therefore, once you have the goal on paper and have already talked with someone, list the activities. In such a way, you will want to start as soon as possible.
If you follow these steps in setting and achieving your business goals, your commitment will be much bigger, and your productivity will be much better. I wish you good luck in achieving your goals!