Do you find yourself over-estimating what you can do in the short term? I know that I do. I find myself often saying, just got a few more things to do and I will be home in 30 minutes. Before I know it, the thirty minutes have gone and I am still in the office.
Interestingly, it is often the opposite when it comes to planning in stuff for the long-term. Most of us generally under-estimate what we can achieve in the long-term. How many times have you found that you have worked to achieve a goal – and would have probably still achieved the same goal if it was that little bit tougher? Almost always, particularly with the big goals, we only work as hard as we need to to get us to the finish line. This is the reason why most marathon runners will tell you that the hardest part of the race is when you have finished and have to walk through the winner’s tunnel to your locker, car, loved one etc
So, if you plan to do less in the short term but plan to do more in the long term, then you will achieve more overall. It sounds strange, but it is true. The more clarity you have with your career, business and life goals, milestones and objectives, then the more likely that you will achieve the big stuff. You know, the stuff that you REALLY REALLY want, and have been working and striving towards these last few years. If you would like some practical help to think about your own 5-10 year career vision, how about downloading our FREE guide to writing your career action plan, or completing the wheel of life exercise to help you think about what you want from your work AND life in the long term.
So, if you want to make partner, then put a time and date on when you want to achieve this. But, make sure you are honest with yourself about what you can get done on a weekly and daily basis. After all, there is no point in actually getting to partner and not having the lifestyle, friends and family around you to enjoy it.