Well, it’s that time of year. Christmas has come and gone and now it’s that time when we set some New Year’s resolutions. I’ll be honest, I don’t call them resolutions, I like to think of them as goals and things I want to accomplish in the new year.
When you set effective goals, you will achieve more. Goals provide focus, enhance productivity, bolster self-esteem and increase commitment. When creating your goals, make them S.M.A.R.T - Specific, Measurable, Realistic and Timely. With practice, you will find that you are able to achieve more than you thought you could.
Consider the following as you set your goals:
1. Is this goal specific? Be as detailed as possible. The more information you supply, the more accurate the results will be.
2. Is this goal measurable? Establish criteria to measure progress. How will you know when the goal is achieved? Create a checklist of tasks to get done and check off each item as it is accomplished.
3. Is this goal attainable? When you clearly identify your goal, you develop the attitudes, abilities and skills to attain it successfully. We often get caught up in what we think we should be doing instead of going after our core desires. Make sure your goals align with your future vision and authentic self.
4. Is this goal realistic? You must be willing and able to work toward your goal. How committed are you? Have you done something similar in the past? What do you need to do to achieve the goal? Be honest with yourself about your available time and energy and plan accordingly.
5. Is this goal timely? Anchor your goal with a deadline and mark each deadline and mark each deadline in your planner to stay on track.
Be sure to write down your goals so you can look back on them throughout the year.