1. S – Specific:
The first step in goal-setting is being ‘Specific’. You should identify what you want to accomplish clearly. Specific goals will help you in making a better plan. You can take actionable steps. With vague goals, you cannot proceed further.
Poor Example: I Want to Be an Engineer.
Good Example: To become a genetics engineer by graduating from this reputed institution.
2. M – Measurable:
Your goal becomes achievable if you can measure its progress. It is like setting milestones that will tell you ‘how far you have come’ and ‘how far you have to go’ to reach the goal.
Bad Example: Have to get more visitors to the site.
Good Example: Have to reach 10,000 visitors before the middle of April.
Now, you can measure your progress easily.
3. A- Attainable/Achievable:
What is the purpose of your goal if it is un-attainable? Set goals within the reach and comes within a time-bound.
Poor Example: I want to become No.1 in this field by this Month
Good Example: Undergo a minimum of 6 months of internship in this particular field. I have to gain live industry-experience and knowledge in this field by working for 3-5 years in the field.
4. R – Relatable:
Your goals should be related to your values and objectives. Also, your goals should be realistic and challenging to motivate you.
Poor Example: Become a good fiction-writer in 3 weeks.
Good Example: I want to graduate in English and explore world-literature as I want to become a writer.
The goal here is realistic, motivating, and relatable to your values and objectives.
You will gain motivation to achieve your goal when there is a time-bound.
Poor Example: Increase my Blog Visitors
Good Example: Increase visitors by 5% before July.
I) SET GOALS THAT MOTIVATE YOU
This is extremely important because if the goal you set has no motivation, then it becomes monotonous, and you fail to achieve it.
II) SET SMART GOALS
By setting these SMART goals, you know precisely if your goal touches all elements of a successful goal-setting scenario.
III) SET GOALS IN WRITING
When you write your goals and place them somewhere, you see daily transitions that thought into a reality. It provides a structure.
IV) MAKE AN ACTION PLAN
As mentioned previously, write down an action plan. List out all the possible scenarios required in setting your goal.
V) STICK WITH IT!
Every day, set aside a few hours that help you in achieving your goal. Don’t let go!
Make sure that you inculcate these golden rules in your goal setting. These goals setting will increase your productivity and efficiency. Within some days, you will start realizing change within yourself once you inculcate these golden rules.