“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small.  A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu

This quote says it all when it comes to setting goals and simplifying home and work life.  For myself, I know that I often make tasks or situations more difficult than they need to be because I allow emotion to blur my vision.

Many managers that I have talked to say that they feel their work life is becoming harder and they cannot accomplish what is necessary each day.  Each morning they come to work already frustrated because they were not able to complete the work from the prior day and know that today they will get further behind.

Thinking that someone in upper management is going fix the situation for them is highly optimistic, and probably not going to happen.  There are no quick fixes.  You must begin with “a single step” as Lao Tzu states above or you will not move forward.

There are a few steps that you can take that will get you started in the right direction.

1. Evaluate – What processes are you doing now that you could simplify?  Do the difficult things first.  What possibly could you stop doing and it would not make a difference?  Leave emotion out and look at each task individually.

2. Define Goals – Make them easy.  Write down the three most important tasks that you need to do for the day.  It has been proven that if you write them down the night before, that you are more likely to accomplish them the next day.

3. Plan of Attack – Write down your plan of attack for the three tasks that you need to accomplish.  When, how much time, and what you need to complete it.  By addressing these three points, you will be prepared for when you begin and will be more motivated to complete the task.

At the end of the day, look at what you did accomplish and not what you did not.  You will feel better and be more inspired to get back to work tomorrow.

Life is actually really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”   ~ Confucius