Where to start when goal setting?
Use the smart method
Specific: Goals should be concrete, detailed, focused, and well defined. Some questions to consider include:
What am i going to do?
Why is this important for me to do?
Who is going to do what?
Measurable: Measurement is the standard that is used for comparison. Some questions to consider when forming measurable objectives:
How will I know that the change has occurred?
Can the measurements be obtained?
Achievable: Goals that are achievable can be accomplished in a given time frame. However these goals should also stretch you as well. Some questions to consider when forming achievable objectives:
Can we get it done in the proposed time frame?
Do I understand the limitations and constraints?
Can we do this with the resources we have?
Has anyone ever done this successfully?
Is this possible?
Realistic: Setting realistic goals means that you can get the job done with resources that you have. Some questions to consider when forming realistic objectives:
Do you have the resources available to achieve this objective?
Do I need to revisit priorities to make this happen?
Is it possible to achieve this objective?
Time Bound: This means that setting deadline for the achievement of our objectives. Some questions to think about when creating time bound objectives:
When will this objective be accomplished?
Is there a stated deadline?
- Review, update, and revise your goals.
- Circumstances change, so should your goals.
- Give yourself little treats after achieving smaller goals.
- This is a way to motivate yourself to reach your bigger goals.
- Do not set contradicting goals.
- Goals that do not agree with each other or that are mutually exclusive are not a good thing.
- Evaluate your progress.
- An honest assessment of your progress also increases the change of you achieving your goals.
- Enjoy the challenges and never give up!