Follow up and persistence

Become a person who follows up.,persists with tasks.,is consistently reliable.,does what you say you'll do.

Following up and persisting are hallmarks of successful people. Many smart and capable people struggle to do so consistently and risk the stigma of being seen as unreliable.


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When the going gets tough - and stays tough

Does this sound familiar?

A few months back, your boss received a promotion. When she left and new management came in, you realized quickly that the shift in style created a shift in your working habits. While your former boss used to provide you with deadlines and nudges to get work done; your new supervisor provides less routine accountability. With this shift, you’re finding it hard to motivate yourself to get work done on time. You get started on tasks, and easily drift away from them. You find coming back to them requires significant mental energy that eludes you some days. Without strict oversight and accountability, it’s easier to take a relaxed approach than to focus on maximizing your productivity.

Your intentions are invisible to others - your actions are what they see and believe

Consequences of poor follow-through and persistence

Sometimes there are benefits to not being hard on yourself about completing tasks, but if persistence problems persist, the consequences can be significant:

  • Failure to complete tasks (on time or adequately) can lead to poor performance reviews, resulting in non-promotion or loss of job
  • Your sleep and health becomes compromised as you live in a continued state of stress about everything that’s unfinished 
  • You may struggle with positive self-esteem due to perpetually feeling like a failure -- particularly if others around you don’t seem to have similar persistence problems

How do worksmart coaches help clients with follow-through and persistence problems?

Coaches help to identify and customize tools for you, depending upon your preferences and specific challenges. From making a specific plan to use new strategies and tools to following up with you to increase accountability for the improvements you want to see, our coaches will reflect with you to identify wins, understand roadblocks, and revise plans to help you move towards success. To push through on followthrough, our coaches can support you in:

  • Understanding and capitalizing on your motivational style 
  • Introduce and explore tools and apps that can help monitor success and progress
  • Identifying and utilizing accountability partners and other support systems when appropriate
  • Breaking down tasks into manageable pieces and building in positive rewards/thinking habits to increase productivity