Do you have personal and professional goals? Are you on track to meet them? How do you know?
Ask the average person if they have set goals for themselves. Many will say they have. But when you ask them to describe their goals in detail, most people either hesitate describe a hope or a dream they have for their future instead of an actual goal. This is why we spend a significant amount of time training leaders about goal setting.
First, let’s be clear about what a goal is. The easiest way to know if your goal is a true goal is to test it using the S.M.A.R.T. Goal model. Is your goal Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely?
Let’s look at an example. Nora is a busy professional and she wants to optimize her day. However, her goal is stated as a wish: “I’d like to have more time.” Because this wish does not meet the S.M.A.R.T. criteria, it isn’t likely Nora will achieve her desired goal.
Let’s take that wish and turn it into a S.M.A.R.T. goal: “I will free one extra hour a day next week by creating a time log to track my activities at my desk and at meetings in order to identify which time-wasters I can eliminate each day.”
Here is a challenge for you: Set a S.M.A.R.T. goal today! Prepare a personal and a professional goal for yourself by the end of the day.
For a basic course on how to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals take our SMART Goals Minicourse online.