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#WFH Do You Monitor Progress?

Keep track of where you are and be honest about it. Work toward your goals with integrity. It is shocking and surprising to see how many people lie to themselves. Are you communicating with people and are you making progress? If not, can you get back on track or do you need to realistically adjust the schedule? Align your connections with your goals and objectives to achieve the task you want to complete. Maybe making a chart or a list and crossing things off is helpful for you. If it is, do it. If it is not, maybe a verbal update or reflective moment will help you adjust. That is the key. When you know you are off track, do something to adjust things. You can decide to either make a change to the schedule or to your activities in order to meet the schedule.

Do not just keep rolling along, doing the same old thing, but expecting a different result. Don’t count on miracles, snowstorms or guardian angels to help you get it done. Get real and be real with yourself. If you are unable to look at your behaviors honestly, admit to them and analyze where you are, you might want to ask yourself why. You may have issues you have to deal with and unrealistic expectation might be one of yours! There are lots of reasons people engage in self-sabotage. The first stage in fixing it is to realize that you are doing it. Take time to understand where you are and what you are doing well. This puts you in control of you. Monitoring progress lets you self-correct and move toward your objectives.
Integrity starts and ends with you. You can’t have integrity for someone else. Integrity is an inner sense of honesty and dependability. You may judge others’ integrity by holding them to a set of values, beliefs or principles they claim to hold, but all this is really external. Different societies, social groups, classes and even ethnic groups have norms that establish a kind of group consciousness where some kinds of behaviors are judged.

Companies often have cultures that support or reward honesty, dependability, kindness, creativity, etc. These are more difficult to grasp in the virtual world because the normal cues are missing, so these values and judgments must be conveyed. It is much easier to lie and conceal in the virtual environment. Distance and detachment in the online environment contribute to dishonesty. But real integrity is something that happens inside of you. It is not something that can be orchestrated. It is not situational morality. Integrity is self-honesty, self-respect and consistency in both thought and action. It is what allows you to set and enact the priorities that are right for you.

Integrity does not require observation to validate it. It does require reflection to identify inconsistencies and make adjustments. If you don’t take time to look at what you are doing, you will not make the adjustments you need to make. Only you know whether you have integrity. It is much easier to judge others than to examine yourself. Integrity is a critical component in the virtual work environment. You are alone with you. You are the one you have to rely on, the one who is in control of a flexible but demanding workplace. You have freedom but responsibilities far beyond what you did in the days of the cubicle. You get to make choices and decide priorities, but with these freedoms come responsibility.

It is important the results match the expectations you have when you set and enact your priorities. You want to be satisfied and so does your employer, client or team. You want to find a way to balance work and play, family and job, productivity and relaxation, in a way that optimizes you. Integrity is about being true to yourself, your values and your priorities. First and foremost, you want to know what is important to you and you need to act accordingly.

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