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The 12 Days of Giveaways: Day 6 – The Womack Company

The 12 Days of Giveaways: Day 6 – The Womack Company


    We’re at the halfway mark of Lifehack’s 12 Days of Giveaways holiday promotion and it’s been a great success so far. We’ve received plenty of entries with some great comments for each — it’s too bad we can only choose a limited amount of winners.

    That said, there are still giveaways coming each weekday until the 23rd of December. There’s still lots of chances to take home something to help boost your productivity for the coming year, and we’re going to keep that going today with a giveaway from The Womack Company.

    But before we get to that…here are the winning entries from yesterday’s giveaway.

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    Our questions was, “What text expansion or automation from TextExpander will save you the most time and why?”, and the two winning comments were submitted by Jasedit and Stef Gonzaga, who wrote (respectively):

    “I have to write a daily status update for work, and it’d make my life far easier to be able to shortcut half the boilerplate. Plus I can imagine it making Markdown far easier to work with. Here’s to hoping!”

    “Textexpander will save me time from inserting my byline for blog posts in HTML format, content for product descriptions, and shipping and billing info when shopping online. I sure hope I get a copy!”

    Congratulations to both winners! Now…what’s up for grabs today, you ask?

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    Today’s Giveaway

    Jason Womack and The Womack Company have a simple mission in mind:

    “Improving your productivity, one day at a time, through implementing best-practices of psychology, sociology and technology.”

    That’s it. Pretty simple, right? Not entirely…it takes a lot of expertise and the ability to inspire to see a mission like that through. The Womack Company has that in spades. The company has been around for nearly five years — not to mention that Jason Womack has worked with the likes of David Allen (among others) during many more years of study and service beyond that. The Womack Company focusses on workplace performance, individual productivity, talent development and continual improvement — and they deliver the goods to help those who work with them raise their games.

    Now, The Womack Company is giving one Lifehack reader a chance to raise their game as well.

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    Today’s giveaway includes one copy of the following:

    How to Enter

    In order to enter to win this prize pack, you need to leave a comment below or on our Facebook fan page that answers the following:

    “How do you plan to make your best even better for the coming year?”

    Leaving a comment on both our Facebook fan page and here at Lifehack.org will get you 2 entries, so but you need to give us two items that you like the most – no copying and pasting!

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    The Fine Print

    Employees of The Womack Company and of Stepcase (including current independent contractors of both) are not eligible for this contest. The winning entry will be judged by the Stepcase Lifehack editing team and winners will be notified on the platform in which their winning entry was placed (either on the Lifehack.org Facebook wall or by email through our commenting system here the website). For those entering contest with a comment on our site, in order to be considered eligible, you MUST leave a contact email when leaving a comment (it’s the only way we’ll know how to contact you). Entries must be submitted by 10 am Eastern the following weekday and winners will be chosen by 12 pm Eastern time on the same day. The winner will be announced the same day on Lifehack.org, and will be notified beforehand.

    Good luck!

    (Photo credit: Three Colorful Arrow Signs via Shutterstock)

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    How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them

    How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them

    Where do you want to be 5 years from now, 10 years from now, or even this time next year? These places are your goal destinations and although you might know that you don’t want to be standing still in the same place as you are now, it’s not always easy to identify what your real goals are.

    Many people think that setting a goal destination is having a dream that is there in the far distant future but will never be attained. This proves to be a self-fulfilling prophesy because of two things:

    Firstly, that the goal isn’t specifically defined enough in the first place; and secondly, it remains a remote dream waiting for action which is never taken.

    Defining your goal destination is something that you need to take some time to think carefully about. The following steps on how to plan your life goals should get you started on a journey to your destination.

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    1. Make a List of Your Goal Destinations

    Goal destinations are the things that are important to you. Another word for them would be ambitions, but ambitions sound like something which outside of your grasp, whereas goal destinations are certainly achievable if you are willing to put in the effort working towards them.

    So what do you really want to do with your life? What are the main things that you would like to accomplish with your life? What is it that you would really regret not doing if you suddenly found you had a limited amount of time left on the earth?

    Each of these things is a goal. Define each goal destination in one sentence.

    If any of these goals is a stepping stone to another one of the goals, take it off this list as it isn’t a goal destination.

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    2. Think About the Time Frame to Have the Goal Accomplished

    This is where the 5 year, 10 year, next year plan comes into it.

    Learn the differences between a short term goal and a long term goal. Some goals will have a “shelf life” because of age, health, finance, etc, whereas others will be up to you as to when you would like to achieve them by.

    3. Write Down Your Goals Clearly

    Write each goal destination at the top of a new piece of paper.

    For each goal, write down what is it that you need and don’t have now that will allow you achieve that goal. This could be some kind of education, career change, finance, a new skill, etc. Any “stepping stone” goals you removed will fit into this exercise. If any of these smaller “goals” have sub-goals, go through the same process with these so that you have precise action points to work with.

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    4. Write Down What You Need to Do for Each Goal

    Under each item listed, write down the things that you will need to do in order to complete each of the steps required to complete the goal. 

    These items will become a check-list. They are a tangible way of checking how you are progressing towards reaching your goal destinations. A record of your success!

    5. Write Down Your Timeframe With Specific and Realistic Dates

    Using the time frames you created, on each goal destination sheet write down the year in which you will complete the goal by.

    For any goal which has no fixed completion date, think about when you would like to have accomplished it by and use that as your destination date.

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    Work within the time frames for each goal destination, make a note of realistic dates by which you will complete each of the small steps.

    6. Schedule Your To-Dos

    Now take an overview of all your goal destinations and make a schedule of what you need to do this week, this month, this year – in order to progress along the road towards your goal destinations.

    Write these action points on a schedule, you have definite dates on which to do things.

    7. Review Your Progress

    At the end of the year, review what you have done this year, mark things off the check-lists for each goal destination and write up the schedule with the action points you need for the next year.

    Although it may take you several years to, for example, get the promotion you desire because you first need to get the MBA which means getting a job with more money to allow you to finance a part-time degree course, you will ultimately be successful in achieving your goal destination because you have planned out not only what you want, but how to get it, and have been pro-active towards achieving it.

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