Goals, Not Resolutions
As a marketing manager at Utility Masters, I’m quite used to setting business goals. I don’t subscribe to the notion of New Year’s Resolutions because they seem to be used most commonly to rationalise failure later in the year. They are also so woolly as to be useless – how exactly do you define sucess against your “be a better person” or “get fitter” resolutions?
Instead, I decided to set myself some personal goals instead this morning, using good old-fashioned business cliches. Objectives have to be SMART:
- Specific – stating exactly what you intend to achieve
- Measurable – so you know what defines achieving it
- Achieveable – so you actually have a chance
- Realistic – make sure you can do it – it can be hard, but you’ve got to get there
- Timed – when will you aim to do it by?
So, the box that’s been published in my sidebar this lunchtime is my own measurement of how I’m doing this year. My main goals are two events I intend to complete this year, plus a fundraising target for the Hospice where my Mum was so wonderfully cared for.
I’ll also be tracking my cycling and running this year, for you all to poke fun at by way of encouragement.
Please let me know what you think, and offer any additions that you think will help me in 2010. Thanks! 🙂