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This week I started a ‘clean and lean’ 14 day diet but not for the usual weight loss reasons. Instead I am focused on a little mental toughness. Interestingly my motivation for this challenge wasn’t on the back of overindulgence over the holidays but rather analysis of my 2014 performance review.

It’s a new year so chances are you’ve decided to join a gym, you’re days into quitting smoking, or maybe you’ve muttered your first words of a new language? Olé!

I achieved some great working results in 2014, but recognised that with a little more structure and focus on how I work I will achieve even more.

A little mental edge is going to help both my professional and personal goals. As a (sometimes) runner I know I lack the mental toughness to push myself that little bit harder or further.

People who quit smoking often track the money saved. But what about the time you’re creating? Stats suggest that ‘smokers spend 45 minutes away from work – nearly four hours per week’* If this is the case what are you going to do with those 4 hours a week? Whatever you decide this is time to invest into your work and with 4 hours a week equating to 208 hours a year – you can get a lot done!

If you’re joining a gym or starting a new sport how are you going to fit this into your schedule? Will you run before work? Do you have the time to hit the gym in the evenings? How does this impact your working day and do you need to make changes to your practices to ensure productive use of time, granting the flexibility to achieve your new fitness goals?

Don’t limit your personal and professional goals to your New Year’s resolutions. Why not push these further and constantly review performance, goals and achievements throughout the year?

As an SAP and SuccessFactors employee I am privileged to have access to the industry leading talent management solution at my finger-tips. I may have reviewed my 2014 performance in December and this in turn helped forge my ‘clean and lean’ goal for January, but actually we should personally and collectively as an organisation be reviewing performance throughout the year.

When conducting performance reviews with your boss do you discuss personal goals and not just professional ones? Are you constantly reviewing your performance throughout the year? Many performance reviews are conducted within organisations once a year, so how many achievements are you not communicating back to the business?

My aim for the 14 day plan is to concentrate on discipline, planning and focus. All are attributes I can use in my professional and personal life.

Have you made personal goals for 2015? What are your reasons for these lifestyle changes and have you considered the positive impact these could have on your work life?

Note: on this subject of greater performance I would recommend Tim Robson’s book “Showing Up: How to Make a Greater Impact at Work”


*Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2471058/Cigarette-breaks-add-week-work-year.html#ixzz3O8wG9Wvq

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