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Plan Wiser. Achieve Better

Updated on October 5, 2014

To Fail to Plan is to Plan to Fail

Last week I was talking to a co-worker of mine who was telling me about her experience in a company she worked with for six years. She was complaining to me saying she felt her work was not appreciated, her boss never assigned her to anything challenging. In other words, she was doing pretty much the same job for 6 years! When I asked her why, she said her Boss never believed in her. He always gave her the little tasks that didn't require much thinking.

I wondered how she had lasted 6 years in a firm like that. No increase in her salary nor her disposition. It sounded to me like she was too immersed in her work, she forgot the most essential factor. Planning!

Goals and Tasks for 2014

I know this isn't the time people usually set goals in; but because I wasn't sure of what I wanted to do till now ... I couldn't really come up with a list of goals to accomplish.
At this stage, I can say that I have quite a clear idea of what I want to do. Which is what got me excited to write this blog. I'd like to think that 3 months is enough to achieve all these goals. But even if it isn't, at least I tried.

1. Take the TOEFL exam and achieve a minimum score of 100. Because I'm aiming to apply to a scholarship for higher studies ... This would be something I need to work extra hard to achieve.

2. Blog at least twice a month on my experiences at work. I'm always learning something at work, whether the easy or the hard way. Blogging about my experiences at work not only helps keep record of things; but also allows me to see beyond my thoughts. The best way to analyze events in my opinion, is to write about them. I find it also helps relieve any stress you're feeling about certain situations, buckling those feelings inside you would just make things worse. Writing is a mode of expression. If you find yourself in your writings, then do that more often.

3. Learn to use new software programs; like Revit Architecture. I've already started taking some tutorials and practiced a little bit. I hope that by the end of 2014 I would be able to say that I'm capable of using the program efficiently and effectively.

What you say VS. what you do

Everyone can come up with a list of things to do; but unless you have the initiative to do something ... Nothing really matters. I learnt that the best way to commit to something is to tell someone about it. When you tell someone -anyone- what it is you plan to do; you create pressure on yourself to get that thing done. Because you don't want to let yourself down by looking incapable of meeting your goals. Telling people about your goals gives you the incentive to accomplish them.

So if you want to go for higher studies, tell your co-workers about it. Let your boss know. Tell them how much you care about it. Most likely they'll tell you something like "Wow, that's really cool". "Yeah you should go ahead and give it a shot". When you get that kind of response from people, you're ultimately going to want to do it as soon as you can.

Have you set any goals for yourself this year?

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