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Goals Must Be a Priority

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**This post seems timely since New Year’s resolutions are just a matter of a few days away.  **

Prioritize your goals by time frame-

Okay, so yesterday I touched on the importance of setting goals and making the plans necessary to fulfill them. Let’s take that a bit further.

Go back to the list you created and break the list into smaller workable timelines.

  • Short term- 12 months
  • Medium term- 2-5 years
  • Long term- 6-10 years

Breaking your list down into workable chunks of time can feel less overwhelming and it helps you focus on what is important. Think about it like this- if you have the goals to finish your education and get your dream job- you must finish the education FIRST…right? When you break everything down into workable time periods make sure you put them in order of completion.

Okay, now, let’s take your short-term goals and write them out in SMART format: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant/Realistic, and Timely.

Specific:  Example- a general goal would be “Get in shape.” A specific goal would be to join a health club and week out X times per week.

If you are like me and you write my base goal would be to “Write a book.” But I would break that down into writing X words per day.

Measurable: How will you measure your progress? Pounds, inches, pages? How will you know when you have achieved your goal?

  • Weight loss- Have a piece of clothing that is your goal to wear.
  • Writing- typing “The End” is the best indicator of completion.
  • Education- Degree
  • Dream job- Moving your boxes to the corner office!!

Attainable: Make sure the goals you set are attainable. If it is too far of a reach you may give up on even trying. This will only cause frustration. You want the goal to be a stretch but not completely out of reach.

  • Let’s continue with the weight loss goal- say you want to lose 50 pounds. That’s a lot and can be a daunting idea. But if you break it down to 1 to 2 pounds a week it is doable. See? A stretch but not completely out of reach.

Relevant/Realistic: Remember to set your goals high enough to push you. If it comes too easy- set your goals a bit higher next time.

Timely/Time Bound: Each goal should have a timeline attach to it. Without a timeframe, there is no urgency to complete your goal. It is a way to keep yourself accountable.

 

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Published by Ticia Rani

I am...interesting. I am a writer, dreamer, mom, wife, veteran, friend, villain, and the wearer of many hats, but I don't look good in hats- go figure. I LOVE TO WRITE. I want to tell stories. I want to make you laugh, cry, and scare the crap out of you, and make you ask "why the hell did you do that?" I want to make you cheer my characters on or want to shake the crap out of them for things they say and/or do. I want to bring you along for the ride. Ready? Set?...READ!!!

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