You should work toward your goals every day. After a content hiatus of sorts in the month of December, I was listening to some advice being provided by entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk about frequently posting content as part of a whole manifesto about working hard and achieving results. That it was around that whole New Year’s Resolution time was a coincidence. So I’ve been practicing this for the last five days now, and I’ve noticed some exciting results:
When you have to produce content every day, you focus on that.
My idle time hasn’t really been spent worried about events that might happen. I’ve been able to tame that over the past few months and years by realizing that there’s no point in playing the shoulda/woulda/coulda game: I should have done this, if only I would have done this, I could have achieved so much more.
I also have a number of rough drafts that I’ve accumulated since I started writing regularly on this site. I figure between the ideas I come up with all the time both at work and in life, and with how I typically write spontaneously here, it’ll be fine to operate without much of a backlog and still come up with content every day. Of course, that means more late nights like tonight, and early mornings like this morning, with perhaps a nap in the late afternoon on the bus ride back home, but that’s just the thing.
Hard work is not a thing that just happens accidentally.
Hard work can involve:
- Getting up early to work on something you want to do. Personal development? Practicing your confidence? Improving your communication skills?
- Leaving home early to get into your job work. Bringing your best and working to improve your own skills first and foremost. Respecting your time and the company’s time, so accurately clocking your time so you don’t spend 15 minutes off the clock doing work to “look better.”
- Figuring out how to best use your commute time. If you drive and encounter heavy traffic, dodge the traffic to work on your goals and avoid stress.
- Arriving home to spend more time working on your goals.
Don’t remain complacently comfortable. That leads to a stagnation of your skills, which leads to an underappreciation in the job market, and a more difficult life overall.
Don’t think that you can only work on your goals if you have five hours to dedicate.
Spend the next thirty seconds thinking about one of your goals. You probably have a bunch of hurdles preventing you from getting there, right? Why not drill away at it for the next minute or two. Get out a pen and paper and list out all the hurdles preventing you from achieving a goal.
Throw that piece of paper filled with all of your anxieties away.
OK, now start working toward your goal every chance you get. You can have downtime, but not much; recovery time. Every chance you get, become a better version of yourself.