It’s that time of year where we have just had the new year celebrations and everyone starts making new years resolution. Not me though, I am not too keen on the idea of resolutions. They are a nice idea, but not very specific and you always end up breaking them. What I prefer are more solid goals.
For example, here are some typical resolutions..
- Loose weight
- Give up drinking
- Learning a new programming language
- Spend more time with the family
On the face of it, they are all valid ideals that would benefit anyone, but they are not that specific. A goal on the other hand is much more specific and takes a form more like what you might be used to at work, which is SMART goals. This means Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant and Time bound.
Specific : Target a specific area for improvement or development.
Measurable : How will you measure progress?
Achievable : Is it an achievable goal or is it asking too much.
Relevant : Is the goal relevant to the person it is being assigned too.
Time bound : When do you expect this goal to be achieved.
You don’t necessarily need to list the goal out in this format, but these points reflect what you should be thinking about when setting the goal.