There’s a statistic that only 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. I happen to think part of the reason is because people don’t set good goals in the first place. Here are some resources to help you set better goals in 2017.
“How to Set Relevant Goals” shares some resources for starting off with achievable goals.
And “3 Types of Goals You Should Set” reminds us that all plans and objectives are not created equal.
“Are Learning Goals Better Than Performance Goals” focuses on another aspect to goal-setting that’s really important – goal priorities.
I’m a big fan of S.M.A.R.T. goals. Here’s an article on how to use them for goals, projects, and meetings.
Once you create a goal, staying focused is a challenge. There’s always some shiny, new thing that can distract us. “Use Gumby to Keep Employees Focused on Goals” might encourage you to keep a green clay figure on your desk.
There are several ways to track goal progress. “Work Journals Help Employees Accomplish Their Goals”
Finally, remember that the conversation about goals isn’t only for individuals. Businesses need to be good at goal setting as well. Check out “Why OKRs Are Going Mainstream in Business” to see how you can use the methodology of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) to turn plans into reality.
So much of our work is attached to goals. Being able to set, manage, change, and evaluate a goal is key to our success. The good news is that goal setting isn’t a one-size-fits-all activity. You (and your organization) can find the process that works best.
Image taken by Sharlyn Lauby after speaking at the Healthcare Human Resources Association Conference in Stillwater, MN