As we continue our conversation about creating systems and implementing planning strategies that will set us up for optimal success over on Episode 097 of the podcast this week, I want to talk about something BIG when it comes to achieving success: Obstacles!
Obstacles can be found everywhere in life and they can often hinder our efforts to meet deadlines, goals, and all sorts of benchmarks that we set for ourselves If we aren’t sure of how to handle them…
So today, I want to discuss a few ways that you can remove any obstacle that comes your way in the workplace, so that you can be as productive as possible and set yourself up for the success that you want to achieve in your career.
Let’s jump in, shall we?
This may seem a little woo-woo for some of you, but when it comes to setting ourselves up for success… it’s important that we first understand that we already have the power to be successful right at our fingertips.
If you’re someone who finds that you’re constantly feeling like you didn’t accomplish nearly enough of what you set out to do at the end of the day, week, or month, then this tip is for you! It’s time to invest more of your energy in yourself and the capabilities that you have right now so that you can use that momentum to drive your productivity forward.
The tip goes like this: Keep a jar or fun box somewhere on your desk or in your office—anywhere that you can see it whenever you get stuck. Any time that you have completed a task on your list (big or small), write it down on a slip of paper and put it inside of your “Power” jar.
It can be incredibly empowering to watch the jar fill up, and those tiny slips of paper can come in handy whenever you find yourself feeling guilty or doubting your capabilities… Give it a try!
We talked about how our fear of failure often prevents us from having the confidence that we need to “just start” in on any of the goals or priorities that we have for ourselves… and from what I have gathered from listening to all of you and hearing about your stories is that fear is a huge obstacle for so many of us!
Here’s the thing about failure… It happens! And if you haven’t experienced it yourself first-hand yet, then it’s bound to happen at some point or other. But, trust me: You’ll be okay!
When we let fear drive our day, we tend to achieve very little. In order to remove fear as an obstacle—especially fear of failure, we have to first understand that both fear and failure are natural parts of life. What matters most is not what happened to make us fail, but how we can pick ourselves up again once we’ve hit bottom.
A great way to build some positive energy and boost momentum is by checking in with yourself and assessing all of the ways that you have done well in the past… because, no matter where you are in your career, chances are you’ve done something that has made an impact!
Whenever you find yourself racked with doubt, reflect back on all of the successes that you have already experienced in your working career. If you had one or two before (which I am sure most, if not all, of you have!), then more likely than not… there are going to be others.
The more you’re able to tap into your past achievements and celebrate them for the successes that they are, the more you’ll be able to shift your mindset when it matters most… and turn any negative self-talk on its head when it comes to overcoming obstacles in your career.
Planning, scheduling, prioritizing… these ideas are all crucial to getting a handle on productivity across the board. And this is especially true when it comes to setting ourselves up for success at work!
When it comes down to the nitty-gritty parts of our day, it’s important that we don’t get bogged down with trying to do #allthethings; if you remember our discussion that we had a few weeks ago, then you already know that when we set out to accomplish every single task on our list, we seldom wind up getting much of anything done.
It’s important to prioritize your tasks (and your time). Not will prioritizing your task list help to take some of the dread that sets in when you sit down at your desk on Monday morning with a mountain of things to accomplish throughout the week, but it will give you an actionable plan to tackle those tasks… and some peace of mind to boot.
If you’ve run into obstacles in your career, I want to hear about it! Share your experiences and any tips + tricks you have for removing obstacles in the comments below… And join me on Episode 097 of Productivity Paradox this week where we’re talking all about another big obstacle that life throws at us: Someday Syndrome. What big dreams are you putting off for your Someday, and how can you get started on them today instead? Tune in to find out!