Goal Setting

Introduction

. Goal setting is an important part of time management.

. Focus on goals that are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and targeted)

. Use stretch goals to "push yourself"

. Goals should be aligned, ie fit with personal, unit (division/region/branch, etc) and organisational objectives

. Use short- and medium-term goals to achieve long-term goals

Benefits of goal setting

. Provides self-image, ie improves us today and makes us better for tomorrow

. Makes us aware of the strengths that can be used to overcome obstacles and provide solutions to problems

. Creates awareness of weaknesses, so that we can work to turn them into strengths.

. Gives people confidence

. Individual frustration levels are quickly lowered when structure and direction replace vague ideas and doubts

. Evaluation and goals provide a sense of past victories to deliver the stimulus for present and future successes

. Written goals help us to visualize the results we want to achieve

. Goals setting allows us to set priorities to establish the most effective direction of our activities

. Specific goals are the first positive, overt step to success

. Goals setting reduces possibilities for day-dreaming and wishful thinking. It properly separates and defines the various roles we must play

. Goals setting makes people responsible for their own lives

. Goals serve as criteria against which to sharpen decision-making. Decisions are always made in the light of some criteria or standards. If the standards have not been defined, decisions will often be made in terms of immediate pressures

Effective goals

. Must be important to you, ie need our buy-in

. Have specific end result(s)

. Have specific time frame(s)

. Add value

. Are compatible or harmonious with a big picture

. Are challenging

. Are written to enhance clarification

. Are shared

. Can be visualized

. Are reviewed regularly

 

Short-term

Medium-term

Long-term

Personal

     

Unit

     

Organisation

     

Why some people are more effective

. The reasons some people are more effective than others despite having similar expertise, talent and/or experience are that they

- assume a positive attitude to work and personal life

- have a full understanding of their life goals and objectives

- seek to balance their life

- have the motivation to overcome procrastination

- align weekly and daily goals to their life goals and objectives

- continuously seek to find new and better ways to do things

- have developed techniques for getting more done

- are able to objectively analyse and troubleshoot their performance

- are aware of their strengths and weaknesses

- are able to concentrate effectively

. In order to improve personal effectiveness, you need to be able to self-analyse the past, especially your behaviours, ie learn from the past

 

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