We can put a lot of pressure on ourselves to get certain things done by a deadline… for many of us, it’s the end of the year. I do this a lot. I put loads of pressure on myself and when I don’t reach my self-imposed deadline I get really really mad at myself.

But now that it’s nearly the end of the year it’s time to reassess. What is really important and what are you really capable of completing? There is no shame in moving the goal post.

Doing so could make you more efficient. It could allow you to work harder on the really important projects. By giving the important projects the effort and attention they deserve you can get a better result… leading to a better feeling of accomplishment.

Finishing 10 tasks in a half arse manner won’t win anyone any prizes. Finishing 5 and doing them really well is much more desirable.

It’s good to set hard to reach goals but it’s also important to reassess and make sure you can not only finish them but finish them well.

So now that we’re a few weeks out from the end of 2017 take a moment to make sure you’re using your valuable resources well and don’t try to be a hero… there are no gold medals.