Starting on track in 2011

After a short break enjoying sleep ins I’m ready to go in 2011. Most of us are busy in many aspects of our lives. To help me get on track in 2011 I’m setting SMART goals. I’m guessing you’ve heard of these – Specific, Measureable, Action-focused, Realisitc & Time-bound. My friend John Denton suggests they should be SMARTER – by making them Exciting and Rewarding! A good idea I believe.

The key with goal setting is to have some true quiet time to really zero in on what you want to achieve this year – otherwise it’ll be another year gone. This means the phones are off and the door is shut – wherever you happen to be. Give yourself an hour and you’ll be suprised at the results.

Another approach I’ve seen is the use of number based goals. For me a number-based goal is 10-75-1.

10 new clients

75% of time is billable

1 new book read each month

So there’s a few ideas to get you started. To recap

  1. Set aside time for goal setting
  2. Use the SMARTER formula or number-based goals
  3. Identify  strategies (key steps) and actions (what you’ll do) each week, month & quarter to achieve them
  4. Set aside another 2hrs in February for a review
  5. Stick to this habit and record the results

If you have any suggestions on goal setting I’m keen to hear them! 

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Andrew Huffer

Andrew Huffer has over 25 years experience in working with organisations, businesses, managers and communities and at a state, national and international level. He designs and delivers specialist engagement processes, with a focus on facilitating open decision making processes and skill development of clients. He has delivered presentations and workshops at a number of state, national and international conferences.

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