Before we launch into talking about the types of goals we can set, I think it’s important to start with a solid definition of the type of goal we’ll be talking about this month. My grounding for goal setting is to set a SMART Goal.
S – specific
M – measurable
A – achievable
R – relevant
Usually, this type of goal is used in the professional world, but I would contend that much like Bolman & Deal’s four-frame management model you can apply the principles of SMART goals to any area of your life.
To illustrate the concept of a SMART goal I’m going to take one of the goals I’ve set for myself this year and break it down. If you’re anything like me, a realistic visual is really the best way to go.
S- My goal is to have three posts a week go live on this website.
M – This particular goal is easy to measure. You and I will both know if I’ve reached the goal once we get to December 31, 2018, and you’ve visited my site three times a week and read something new and unique.
A – For this goal, achievable is something of a stretch. Prior to the start of the year, I’ve engaged in some serious planning and time management. While you see that this post went live on January 3 I am actually writing it on December 22nd, 2017. As a full-time employee (that means 40 hours a week in the United States), a graduate student, a mama to two little girls, and a partner to the most amazing spouse on the planet working ahead is just part of my regular everyday life.
R- I believe this goal is relevant because it will help me build my brand and create quality content that’s related to my long-term goals.
T- This goal is time-bound because there is a weekly “quota” to meet and it’s bound to this year.
How can you break down your goals to fit the SMART model?