This time of year is a great time to look at your goals for next year. While you may be busy in holiday happenings, it can be theraputic to reflect on things that you would like to accomplish next year. Goal setting can seem overwhelming, but once you wrap your arms around them and incorporate them into your routine, they will become more manageable and achievable.
Goal Setting the SMART way
The most popular model for goal-setting these days are SMART goals as defined by Peter Drucker. Peter Drucker was a management consultant, author and strategist, who developed these guidelines. He was a productivity guru and when I was a productivity manager, his teachings were the basis of our measurement and efficiency models. The models have also been used in education and personal goal setting.
Specific – Make the goal specific. A goal such as “I want to drop a dress size” is better than, “I want to lose weight”.
Measurable – An example might be, I want to grow my savings by 10%.
Attainable – The goals must be achievable. If you have the drive for success, that is awesome, but you have to ensure that the goal is something that can truly be met. If not, it will be discouraging and will result in frustration.
Relevant – Are the goals realistic? Realistic goals will help increase your motivation. If you have ever felt overwhelmed or as if you are going in different directions, you may need to rethink what you are trying to accomplish.
Time Related – Set deadlines. If you want to grow assets, lose weight, increase blog followers, you have to give yourself timelines. Even if you do not meet them (and you will not always because of uncertainty of life), setting time constraints will help you adjust your perspective and ultimately, reach your goal.
I am posting this now, because with the business of the season, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and maybe even at times, unmotivated. When we have so many things that we think we need to do, we can feel like we are not progressing. So if you are feeling overwhelmed, step away and take a few minutes to think about where you want to go. With the right map, you will be on your way.
Be sure to check out my free goal setting planner worksheet. It is never too late to make a new goal!