There is just something great about setting and accomplishing a goal. The key to accomplishing our goals starts way before the execution phase, we actually set ourselves up for success or failure in the goal setting phase of the process. There is an art to setting goals, so the next time you decide to set some goals ask yourself the following questions.
Are my goals concrete? Your goals should be clear and concise. They should be easy to read and straight to the point. For example:
Unclear and Too Long
Goal 1. Contribute to my work environment by being the best version of myself, being punctual each day, effectively communicating with co-workers via email, and bringing my amazing ideas to every meeting.
Clear and Short
Goal 1 Re-do. Get to work on time, answer emails daily, bring 3 ideas to each meeting.
Are my goals measurable? Use numbers, days, and times when setting your goals. Numbers, days, and times will make it easier for you to accurately assess your progress. Take these two goals for example:
Goal 1. Read articles and go to gym.
Goal 1 Re-do. Read 2-3 articles by Wednesday. Go to the gym at 7am 4 times a week.
Are my goals Realistic? The point of setting goals is to set yourself up for success. Goal setting becomes ineffective when you continually set goals that you fail to accomplish. I will admit that this is where I usually struggle and enlist the help of my accountability partners. (Click here to read our blog on finding an accountability partner) Here are two examples.
Goal 1. Write for 6 hours every night after a 12 hour day at work.
Goal 1 Re-do. Write for 2 hours without any distractions 4 nights a week.
How will I remember my goals? Write your goals down, preferably in the same location. Write your goals in a place that is accessible and exciting to look at. I am a fan of writing my goals in a journal. Find what works for you (e.g., a White Board, Post-It stuck to your mirror, colorful paper on your desk, or the note section of your phone).
We would love to hear your Concrete, Realistic, and Measurable goals. Please share them below!