Take Some Quick Wins

  • Building or reinforcing your confidence.
  • Demonstrating your abilities and competence.
  • Providing a solid basis for increased motivation.
  • Starting or strengthening important relationships.
  • Gathering low hanging fruit.
  • Testing new waters before diving in.
  • Setting the table for further accomplishments.

Look for Ripe Targets

The very nature of a quick win means you don’t have time for extended run-ups and preparation, complex programs of action, or drawn-out development schedules. You want to be in and out with a win before anyone can say “Jack Robinson.”

  • Cost-cutting or productivity-improving efforts that promise rapid results.
  • Surveys and audits to gather helpful data.
  • Polishing off nearly-completed projects.
  • Simple, tangible changes.
  • Concrete problems with one-step solutions.
  • Small, self-contained projects.
  • Previous work that can usefully be repurposed or updated.

Once Over Lightly

Because you’re looking for quick win here, you don’t want to go deep into the weeds. Instead, stay focused on rapidly getting to the goal. If the details are too important, you’ve probably selected a poor target for a quick win.

  • “Are you in or out?”
  • “Which of these few statements best expresses your attitude?”
  • “Are we generally headed in the right direction?” or
  • “What is your most important concern?”

Take It Easy

It’s also important that you chill out rather than pile-drive during the quick win process.

Spread the Word

Once you accomplish your quick win, don’t be shy about sharing news of your success. Take appropriate steps to let other people know what you’ve done, and how it’s likely to make things better in the future.

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Robert Moskowitz

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Robert Moskowitz is a successful, award-winning writer and consultant, and the author of “How to Organize Your Work and Your Life.”