Exceeding expectations at work and in life!


The Importance of Defined Daily Goals and Planning Ahead. 


Mastering Self-Management, it’s the number one factor in keeping you focused and consistent; with that set, you’re well on the way to exceeding expectations in work and life. I have written a lot about self-management and goal-setting over the years. I go on about it because to succeed in any given role and achieve business objectives, you need to keep chipping away at your daily goals. 


Setting daily goals is like steering the ship of your business or career towards success. If you don’t know where you’re going, you will waste your time messing around with tasks or activities that drive little to no value. Daily goals and High Payoff Activities (HPAs) are essential for increasing focus and productivity in business. 



“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” –Lawrence J. Peter.



Once you learn how to set HPAs, you can improve your focus, prioritise your tasks, and boost productivity by clearly defining what needs to be accomplished daily. This leads to more efficient use of time and creates a sense of accountability and purpose, increasing employee motivation and job satisfaction. 


By focusing on the most important activities, you can make better decisions, reducing the risk of mistakes and increasing overall success. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone – you get more done and feel fulfilled. 



A well-defined daily goal provides direction, motivation and a sense of purpose, while planning ahead ensures that you are better prepared and able to tackle the day’s challenges. 



Here are some of the critical benefits of having clear daily goals (HPA’s) and planning ahead:


Better Self-Management: By planning ahead, you can prioritise your tasks, allocate time and resources more effectively, and avoid wasting time on unimportant activities.


Increased Focus: Having clear daily goals helps improve focus and concentration by providing a roadmap. This means that you can stay focused on your goals and avoid distractions.


Improved Productivity: By focusing on your HPAs and prioritising your tasks, you can be more productive and accomplish more in less time.


Reduced Stress: Planning ahead and having clearly defined daily goals can help reduce stress and anxiety by providing structure and a sense of control.


Increased Confidence: Accomplishing your daily goals can increase confidence and self-esteem, which can help drive success in other areas of your life.



Studies have shown that individuals who don’t plan or prioritise their tasks tend to be less productive, miss deadlines, and make more mistakes, negatively impacting their job performance. On the other hand, those who plan ahead tend to be more organised, focused, and efficient, leading to improved job performance and higher levels of success.


A survey by the productivity software company, RescueTime, found that the average worker is only productive for about 2 hours and 53 minutes daily. This lack of productivity can be attributed to many factors, including a lack of planning and focus.


Another study by the National Science Foundation found that people spend nearly 50% of their time on unimportant tasks and that poor self-management is a leading cause of stress and burnout in the workplace. These statistics highlight the importance of planning and prioritising tasks ahead of time to be more productive and achieve better job performance.



“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” –Bill Copeland.



So how do you go about defining your daily goals and planning ahead? Here are some tips to help you get started:


Identify your top 5 HPAs that will help you succeed: Start by identifying your High Payoff Activities – the most critical tasks that will significantly impact your business or career.


Set Daily Goals: Use your HPAs to define specific daily goals. Ensure your goals are SMIT (Specific, Measurable, Inspirational and Time-bound).


Plan Ahead: Plan your HPA’s the night before or first thing in the morning to ensure you are prepared and focused.


Stay Flexible: Be prepared to adjust your plan as needed. Remember, life can be unpredictable, and things can change quickly.



Having clearly defined daily goals and planning ahead is essential for increased focus and productivity in business. By taking the time to identify your HPAs, set clear daily goals, and plan ahead, you can increase your chances of success and achieve your goals more effectively. 



Set your daily goals, steer the ship and sail towards success!



At The Power Within, we help business leaders achieve a level of self-development and self-management that means they’re significantly more likely to achieve their goals in business and life, enabling them to lead others effectively and successfully.



We’ll show you how to develop all the critical self-leadership skills you will need to lead yourself and others, including using our world-first Motivational Intelligence (MQ) framework, which is integral to achieving effective self-leadership. 



If you’re ready to take your next giant leap forward in personal and business development, there’s no better place to start than improving your business and leadership skills. 



“The great danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” –Michelangelo.



All our programmes – including our worlds-first Executive Diploma in Leading With Motivational Intelligence (MQ) and our Business Growth Academy – and our fully online Self-Leadership Development programme and multiple Executive, Team and Business Coaching have been created with passion and commitment to our mission. 



If you’re a business leader looking for something a bit different, training & development that works…then we can help. 





James Fleming

The Power Within Training,

The Motivational Intelligence Company