According to BusinessDictionary.com, goals are “an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed time frame.” Yet, when a goal is set, like New Year’s resolutions, most of the time these are not completed. So, why is it important to set goals?
Goal setting is important because it helps you achieve whatever it is that you want to do. One way to meet your goals is to use the system of S.M.A.R.T. This acronym stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-Sensitive.
S.M.A.R.T goals have to be:
Specific: Goals cannot have more than one interpretation. It has to be one of the two choices because a confusing goal leads to unsuccessful results.
Measurable: Always set a goal that can be measured throughout the time span it’s given.
Attainable: Most people set goals that are so high or complex that they become unattainable. By having a goal that is attainable it’s most likely that this goal will be a successful one.
Realistic: A goal has to be something that we can do in our normal life. There might be a goal that can be harder to complete, however this is different from one that is not realistic. A not realistic goal can be finding life on another planet. For a high school student, this is not realistic because they may lack the knowledge or the resources needed to complete it.
Time: This last aspect is very important because it gives you a timeframe to complete the goal. As the time goes by you will try to work carefully and diligently to meet the deadline.
If the S.M.A.R.T goal setting system does not work, there is also the ABC method.
The ABC’s method begins with:
A list of all your activities or goals, write it down on a paper and place A, B or C on the items in your list. After they are ranked you continue by…
- Determining Your Top Priorities
- The items in which the “A” is placed are the items with the most importance. This is something that you must do. If more than one “A” is placed, you label them as “A”-1, “A”-2 and so one. The “A”-1 is your most important goal.
- Deciding on Secondary Tasks
- After organizing your priorities, you must decide what is done after you finish them. The secondary item are your “B’s.” These are the item that you still have to do but are not as important as the “A’s.” A “B” item cannot be done if an “A” item is still not completed.
- Analyzing the Consequences of Doing It
- Lastly, this items are the ones label “C’s”, unlike the “A’s” and “B’s”, the “C” items do not have any consequences. These are the items that will be nice to do but are not important. Similar to the “B’s” a “C” item cannot be completed if a “B” item is not done.
- Starting on your “A-1” task
- After organizing all your priorities you can already start your “A-1” goal.
These two methods can help someone become more organized in their goal settings. In order to get the most out of them, both could be combined to create a more organized system in which your goals are set.