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18/07/2011: What can you achieve? Do you estimate effectively? What is the impact of getting it wrong?
Most of us over estimate what we can do in a day, a week or a month and hugely under estimate what we can achieve in a year or two or five. Does it matter?

In reality there is a significant impact in the way we estimate what we are capable of.

Over estimating

Think about your "To Do" list. How often do you have a list which goes on and on. You look at the list and it is absolutely overwhelming. Research shows that "incompletions", those things we know we should have got done but haven't so far completed, leech our energy. They sit on the edge of our consciousness and part of our energy and our attention is taken on knowing that there are things on our to do list which are outstanding. As time goes on and the jobs remain undone they continue to cost us energy. This effect is cumulative, it begins to demotivate and demoralise us. Think about the list of jobs you have outstanding at the moment. Does it make you feel light or heavy?

The solution is to be realistic and to prioritize effectively. Consider the list of jobs you have to do. Grade them 1, 2, 3. 1 is - absolutely must be done today. 2 is -if I have time it would be good to do them today but it is not imperative. 3 is - needs to be done but not urgent at the moment.

Underestimating

When we underestimate what we can achieve in a longer period of time we limit our potential. Most people plan from where they are now going forward. It is counter - productive as it encourages us to set our sights too low.

A far more effective way to plan strategically is to set a target date. It could be 18 moths, two or three years in advance. Identify what you would like to have in place by that date. This works for both professional and personal planning. How will you know you have succeeded? Create as much detail as possible. Make it feel real. Having done this you can now plan backwards creating milestones along the way.

Like some help in organising your day to day work load so you manage your time effectively and have more time for yourself or quality time with the family. Or want support in with planning strategically so you achieve your dreams contact me and let me help you make the dream a reality./tr>
I'm not talking about having blind optimism but informed optimism.
Feel the difference in the energy behind the two sets of questions:
So what's the problem?So what would be your ideal solution?
How long have you had it?How will you know when you have achieved it?
Whose fault is it?Do you have any previous experience which would help you?
What can you do about it?What other resources could you call upon?
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