Performance is the result of setting objectives and measuring results. To improve what you are doing, you have to assess where you are, where you want to go, and how you will get there. Sometimes it is all about getting back to basics.

Improvement starts with a plan — an annual plan, a quarterly plan and a monthly plan. Rebecca Bakich suggests writing a letter to yourself reflecting on what you achieved in the previous plan period, then list the feasible goals for the next planning period. Every morning, when you wake up, you might set a daily goal that will improve your work performance, efficiency or output. This exercise might help organize your day and focus your workday.

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