Using PMS/GPS – The Productivity Management System™ for Goal Planning and Setting Written by Heidi Richards, MS
"When I am willing to take a chance on me, do whatever it takes, thank those who have helped me along way, and remember to pat myself on back once goal has been reached, I am fulfilled” – Heidi Richards
In 1979, Harvard Business School did a study of its MBA graduates. They interviewed graduates and asked them if they had clear written goals with plans for their career when they left school. Only 3% had clear written goals with plans. 13% had goals but they were not written down and did not necessarily have a plan. 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later, Harvard did follow up interviews with following results: 13% who had goals were earning on average twice as much as those with no goals at all. The most enlightening part was that 3% who had written goals were earning on average ten times as much at other 97% put together! Setting goals can be challenging for many. However, as in case of above example setting goals is imperative to achieving what you want out of life. How good you are at setting and achieving goals depends on several factors. Some of factors being, how badly you want to achieve a goal. How passionate are you for outcome? How much are you willing to risk in order to achieve your goals. The Productivity Management System™ is a process I have used over years to set and achieve nearly every goal I have ever wanted to achieve. Once you are successful, you become motivated and chances of continued success greatly increase. This is part one in a three part series of articles on setting and achieving goals.
What have you already done? Make a list of those goals you have already accomplished. No matter how small or insignificant they may seem, putting your accomplishments in writing will motivate you. This exercise will “fuel fire” to accomplish more goals. Once you’ve written goals down which you have already accomplished, you will be more apt to continue journey to achieving your goals. Setting and achieving goals is one of most satisfying parts of lifes. It helps build confidence, self assurance and strong character.
Setting goals can be challenging for many. However, as in case of above example setting goals is imperative to achieving what you want out of life. How good you are at setting and achieving goals depends on several factors. One of them being, how badly you want to achieve a goal. How passionate are you for outcome? How much are you willing to risk in order to achieve your goals. The Productivity Management System is a process I have used over years to set and achieve goals. Once you are successful, you become motivated and chances of continued success greatly increase. This is part one in a three part series of articles on setting and achieving goals.
Ask yourself why you want to achieve a particular goal. Each of us has desires in life; they may be of personal or professional nature. It is up to us as individuals to reach for those goals, but first we must know what it is we want to accomplish and perhaps more importantly, why? Why do you want to achieve a certain goal? Knowing answer to that will help you crystallize benefits and value to you as an individual, to really get behind goal. Remember when you were a kid and you were asked to do something? The first question you probably asked was “WHY?” And in many cases, you were given a vague response (“because I said so”) or you were not given an answer at all. Human beings by nature seek answers. Knowing answer to “why” somehow makes it more worthy of doing.
Planning Special Events - Part OneWritten by Heidi Richards, MS
If you are in Event Planning Business strategies needed to make an event memorable and profitable are extremely important. They require a certain amount of planning and a whole lot of commitment to achieve ultimate goal: Having a Great Event with just right number of attendees! An event, which leads to even more success, referrals, more business, and most likely more people committed to project in future.
A special event is an event with a specific purpose, such as a special occasion (celebration of a milestone, conference, party, awards ceremonies, fairs). They are different from ongoing programs.
Strategies for Success:
If a company or host has hired you, they have already determined that purpose of event is important enough to warrant expense and time necessary to put it on. If you are a volunteer leader, this must be first step in determining whether or not to pursue idea.
Do you need a team of volunteers/paid staff to execute a successful event? Involve your team in planning. This core group will help develop “theme, select location, and determine who else should be involved.
Determine purpose of event. Is it to make money? Is it to increase awareness of product or company or organization? Is it to celebrate a success or a milestone? It might be a combination of all three. Once you know purpose, you can plan accordingly.