Set Small Goals

September always seems to be a time when Canadians get more serious about work. Well, we have a short summer and we need to make the most of it, right?

One simple tip that can take some of sting out of leaving vacations behind and getting back to the daily grind is to get into the habit of setting small practice development goals. Large or small, every goal adds value. Starting small allows you the opportunity to see results quickly, sparking the motivation to continue. Starting small also helps to manage procrastination, by reducing larger projects into bite size chunks.

Give some thought to some of the bigger practice development challenges you’ve been facing over recent years. Make a list of some possible actions you can take to establish progress and pick something from the list. 

To get your imagination going, here is a running list of examples:

  • Attend a live event with a professional association.
  • Change your headshot.
  • Add a section to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Reach out to your network with some news.
  • Update your biography.
  • Make contact with colleagues you haven’t heard from in a while.
  • Speak with a consultant to learn more about getting started with a special project.
  • Test a new marketing idea.  
  • Plan an event…

So, what’s your first small goal going to be?

For more reading related to practice development, see these past articles on SlawTips and Slaw:

Also, see the following related articles by Sandra Bekhor, Practice Development Consultant:

Sandra Bekhor, Toronto

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