Did you know the hourglass was said to have been invented a thousand years ago by a French monk? Imagine inventing something that will be used for at least 1,000 years. Although the hourglass was said to have been invented back in the 800's, real evidence of the hourglass being used didn't occur until the 14th century. The ocean travelers of the time would use the hourglass to track time and determine speed. It was very effective due to its ability to not be affected by the motion of the vessel. Magellan had 18 hourglasses on board for his trip around the globe.
In today's world the hourglass is still in use by; the Australian Parliament, Computer Graphics (symbol of time), Days of our Lives intro., board games, and more.
Speaking of board games. Have you ever played a board game that uses the hourglass? When the hourglass is about halfway through, panic hasn't set in, but a sense of urgency has. So, what does this have to do with anything? Well, let me tell you.
Hopefully you have set both personal and business yearly goals for yourself. We are halfway through the year. If you are not on track to meet your goals for the year, don't panic. But you should have a sense of urgency to try and get back on track or alter your plans.
Here are a few tips:
Step away from your office so you can think beyond your normal day to day thoughts.
Review your goals and determine why you are where you are with those goals.
Set a deadline to come up with a revised plan for the back half of the year. It should not take you more than a few weeks.
Summer months tend to have less interruptions than other months. Take advantage of this by using the extra time to reflect and plan.
PS. You should have a dashboard that helps you, on a regular basis, determine if you are on track or not. Altering plans halfway through the year is fine, but the earlier you recognize that you are off course, the faster you can make corrections. This gives you the best chance to hit your annual goals.