Goal Setting for 2018
With the new year sneaking up on you, it’s so easy to overlook the opportunity of goal setting and truly take advantage of gaining some clarity. The idea of setting new goals, resolutions, etc. seems great but you often times fail to really reflect on the past year and make the conscience effort to identify the things that did not work and put in place a goal strategy so that they do work.
Goal Setting Begins by Evaluating Your Past Year
To begin from the most productive place, it’s so important to start with reflection so you can decide what needs improvement. Make a list of the things that you think could use development in your life. This can be a range of things from financials, to relationships, to your career. From that list, pick 3-5 things that are really important to you. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with a million things that need improvement. Remember, you want to make goals manageable so you can focus and achieve them.
Make Your Goals Tangible
The list you created is only things that need improved. It’s one thing to say you have new goals, but in order to achieve your goals you have to make them tangible and attainable by setting realistic milestones you can reach. This means breaking down you goals into different steps that you can manage on a day to day basis. One particular method you might be familiar with is creating S.M.A.R.T goals. This breaks your goal down into something specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.
Personally, I like the idea of S.M.A.R.T goals, but I adjust it slightly so that it fits me and how I process information. To give you an example, one goal I have is to blog weekly. First, I break it down by deciding when I want to accomplish it by. In my example, I have one week to write a blog post. Next, I decide what needs to be done in order to actually make it happen. In order to blog weekly, I need to generate a list of blog ideas, write the content, find images, create a blog post graphic, upload each asset to my website, and schedule it out. Thinking through my goal and understanding what needs to be done to accomplish it, I naturally created a to do list. With that list, I will schedule each item on a certain day so that by the end of the week a new post is created.