I told a few folks that I would share how I am doing my goals chart for 2017. But before I get into that, my friend Charles posted a good reminder today on Facebook, for all those of us who are looking towards the new year with an eye towards starting afresh. He writes:
Note to self….
Use “SMART” GOALS
A number of years ago, I took up a goal challenge posed by friend. I don’t rember all of the details, but it was something like ‘get X number of things accomplished in Y number of days’. I don’t think I accomplished everything on my list at that time, but that process helped me work though HOW I set goals for myself.
As with a lot of folks, there are a lot of negative aspects to 2016 I want to put behind me. (Still sad over the loss of Alan Rickman. Sigh. I loved his rendering of Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility.) I feel like the time is right to challenge myself once again.
So I have chosen 13 goals for myself for the new year. I believe they are all SMART. While I want to keep some of these goals to myself, I will share how I plan to track my actions and accomplishments.
Say two of my goals are as follows:
- Read one new book each month
- Walk 10 miles every week
I actually create a spreadsheet with the top row listing every date in the year in its own cell. Thus, I end up with a column for every day. The left-most column I leave blank for listing my goals, one per row. Every time I achieve the goal (say, finishing my latest mystery novel on January 13) I record my accomplishment in the cell for that goal and date. I think it is important to SEE how much I have done and where I am going, so my big chart is a very helpful tool for me.
As I start on my chart, I’ll paste a portion of my chart into here and share a few accomplishments and milestones I reach.
Here’s to a productive and creative 2017!