Most people have chosen a professional field to specialise in.
But a large portion struggle on a daily basis to remain focused on being a master of our craft, or have the necessary discipline, guidance and mentorship to coach us to be our best. Here are some tips and tricks to organise yourself and to help achieve a level of mastery.
Define long-term goals and strategy
Take some time every few months (at minimum once a year) to define your long-term goals. It’s commonplace for companies to have their vision, strategy and goals well documented and socialised. Do this for yourself, write down your goals and set yourself up for success.
Start by answering the question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?” and work backwards from there.
Focus on the short-term goals
It’s easy to just fall into the daily grind of doing work to look busy, living and dying by what comes into your inbox, or jumping on to whatever requests come your way. But how do these seemingly random requests and tasks help you achieve your goal?
Make better use of your time by asking yourself if what you’re about to take on in the short-term helps you and your goals in the long-term. Learn to say no.
Make time for learning
It’s easy to get to the end of the day and feel spent. Building in the discipline to continue to learn and find new ways to master your craft is essential to growing.
Whether it’s watching relevant videos on TED videos on YouTube, listening to podcasts in the car on the way to work, or reading books and articles for at least an hour a day.
In addition to self-directed learning, leverage training budgets to better yourself, supplement your skill set and upskill in areas of weakness
Find a mentor
Finding a mentor is great shortcut to succeeding in your field. Not only that but having a buddy to check-in with on a regular basis will help keep you on track and provide a sounding board for ideas you may have.
Find someone that has been there, done that before and when you look up to them, you think to yourself, “Wow, they do it so effortlessly.” This might be someone within your the workplace or an external mentor.
Pause, reflect, continuously improve
Take time at the end of the week to pause and reflect on what you’ve achieved. Did you make a step towards you goal, did you take on too much, did you learn something new? Stopping for a moment to take reflect on what went well and what didn’t will help you plan for the following week.
In the end, it all comes down to the discipline of investing in yourself, and slowing down every now and then to reflect and plan for the future.