Work Life Organization

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Sarah's Update

Speaking and Writing Efforts

Sarah Kirkish - Speaker

March was a busy month for Work Life Organization. At the beginning of March, I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the leadership coaching module "My SWE Career" in a workshop session at the Society of Women Engineers Western Conference. That the conference was in Hawaii didn't hurt either!

Last week, I traveled back home to Detroit to give a presentation to over 120 dentists and hygienists at the Dearborn Hyatt. I gave them "The Art and Science of Work Life Management - Uncover Your Personal Productivity Style!" It was amazing to be just across the street from my old Ford offices. I'm just sorry I was only in town for a day.

Thanks to Pierre DeBois of Zimana, I am a reviewer for the Small Business Trends website. Here is my review page so you can see my various book reviews since I began in November.

Organization Tips

Successful Goal Setting Formula - "WXYZ"


Usually when we create a goal they are too weak and it is no wonder that we don't achieve them. A successful goal has a formula that inspires you to act.

Here is my formula for a successful goal and the steps to turn a weak goal into a successful one.

Successful Goal = So that "W", I will "X", to achieve "Y", by "Z".

"W" = Why? - what is your reason or personal value for doing this goal?

"X" = How? - how or what action will you do to achieve your goal?

"Y" = What? - what will you specifically accomplish?

"Z" = When? - when will you finish this goal?

Step 1) It is perfectly ok to begin with a weak goal, such as "I want to get into shape."

Step 2) Why? The answer might be that you want to get into shape so you can play with your kids without gasping for air. So the why is "I can easily play with my kids."

Step 3) How? You want to pick something action oriented and specific such as "walk on the treadmill 45 minutes 6 days a week."

Step 4) What? What will you accomplish that you can measure. The answer to this might be "20 lbs weight loss"

Step 5) When? Try to make this a reasonable timeframe. Losing 20lbs in a month is unreasonable, but six months is doable. So the final step is "within six months." Note: a specific date is even better such as "September 30th, 2012".

Now put all these parts together to complete your successful goal formula.

"So that I can easily play with my kids, I will walk on the treadmill 45 minutes, 6 days a week, to achieve a 20 lbs weight loss by September 30th, 2012."

See how much more compelling and inspirational this goal is? Pick one of your weak goals and try it for yourself. You will be amazed at the results!

Drop-in Coaching Session April 11th

Have a goal, but don't know where to begin? A fresh perspective might be all that you need.

On April 11th 4pm EST/1pm PST, I will have a free Drop In Coaching Session open to the public. It is 30 minutes to help identify your goal, challenge and next actions. Just remember my motto, "The Secret to Success is getting Started!"

Click here: to register for this event.

About Sarah

Sarah Kirkish

Sarah Kirkish is a Certified Life Coach and Professional Organizer with over 18 years of corporate project management experience. She understands the needs of both business and technical professionals with her background in engineering and business. Sarah brings a straightforward approach to hold her clients accountable, keep them focused and guide them to measurable success towards their personal goals.

I conduct organizational coaching by phone and training in person. My goal is to help busy professionals do more with less effort and simplify their lives from the inside out.
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