Goal Setting-How to Set Goals that Keeps You Overly Productive
Goal setting is one of the most difficult things to do as many do not find it as a key factor for their productivity. Setting of goals helps you keep your life examined as it is mostly said “that a life not examined is not worth living.” Most individuals who set goals have a higher percentage of achieving their goals. One of the most important things in goal setting is writing down your goals. Documenting your goals keeps you focused and helps you keep your eyes fixed towards what you intend achieving.
Goal setting involves putting together and designing plans that guide an individual or group into achieving set goals. Mariam-Webster English dictionary, Goal can be defined as the end to which effort is directed.
“All successful people have a goal. No one gets anywhere unless he knows where he wants to and what he wants to be or do.” Norman Vincent Peale
Over time goal setting has become a very touchy subject to most people and most companies. While some think it is a total waste of time others think it’s one of the most important roles on the journey to success.
I can’t blame the ones who think goals are a waste of time though, we start each New Year writing so many goals we want to achieve and by the end of the year we are barely able to tick two things we achieved from that list
I once met a man whose goal was to buy a Rolls Royce by the end of the coming year and you won’t believe how much he was earning with no plans of getting a new source of income, I was forced to ask how he planned on achieving his desired goal. And guess what? He laughed in my face and told me he didn’t care and all he knew was his goal for the New Year was getting a Rolls Royce. Your reaction was exactly my reaction.
Goal setting is a skill. For individuals or groups that understand that setting goals follows through a certain process, they have a higher percentage of actualizing their goals.
The focus of this article is to share with you some vital Goal-setting techniques that keep you overly productive.
Let's Dive Right Into the 4 Steps
1. Be goal committed
When setting goal, the level of commitment you show towards a desired goal, influences the level of efforts you put in and thus determines or ascertain the percentage of achievements for the desired goals.
Goals may push someone to be more effortful, but showing commitment to your set goals directs your efforts toward goals relevant activities and fromward goals irrelevant actions. One of the ways to strongly improve goal commitment level is to accept goals, be responsible for goal outcomes, and show willingness to pursue your specific goals.
2. Improved self-efficacy
Believing that one has the ability to achieve a goal is one of the goal-setting techniques that keep you overly productive. What you expect from yourself and your level of self-confidence will either flourish or destroy your success. Self-efficacy is one main key that keep individuals accomplished towards their desired goals.
3. Use the goal-setting tool (SMART Criteria)
Another technique individuals should use to set their goals is to follow (SMART Criteria), that is:
The specificity of a goal is everything. When setting goals you should be specific about what exactly you want to achieve. Sometime ago I had this course I needed to finish up in a couple of days and get the needed certificate for a job application so I had to set a goal and be as specific as possible. I had to set a goal of finishing two modules everyday and that was it. My specific goal was two modules each day and so no matter how busy my day was I knew I had to make out time to finish those two modules. Be specific with your goals. Be clear about what you want. Narrow it down to the barest minimum.
Your goals should be trackable in the sense that you can track your progress and see how far you have come. I was able to track my progress of two modules each day because as each day went by I was two modules from getting my certificate.
Are your goals achievable? Whatever goal you set should be attainable.
Be realistic. When setting goals be as realistic as you can be. Your goals should not be about your day dreams or fantasies. Realistic means real. Set down real goals.
Recently I was in argument with someone who thought goal setting was only a mere statement, so you should go with the flow and not put a time on it. I couldn’t help thinking how wrong that was on so many levels. For whatever case for it to be called a goal there must be a deadline. That is why people begin the New Year making statements like “before the end of this New Year I’m going to buy a car or before the end of this month I’m going to drop 5 pounds.” Do you note the trend? There is a timeframe on what they want to achieve. Be it in a month or a year or even the next ten years, it should be timed. There will be no urgency in achieving those goals without a time frame.
An example of Goal-setting using (SMART Criteria)
If a business woman selling food wants’ to increase her generated revenues by over 20 percent in the next six months then using the Goal-setting (SMART Criteria) her goals should then be like this;
She is going to sell her products to a number of sixty customers each day by going from office to office for the next six month.
Note The specificity of what she wants’ to do and how she wants’ to do it. She can track her progress of sixty customers each day. Her goal is achievable and realistic and there is a time frame of about six months.
4. Set challenging goals
Goals canalize behaviour. When faced with complex tasks, setting challenging goals elicits more improved resilience, and sometimes leads to discovery of better strategies whereby a more challenging goal can be achieved. A study was carried out by Locke and colleagues (1981) on the behavioural effect of goal-setting, concluding that specific and challenging goals led to higher performance than did easy or no goals. This is because if an individual is intrinsically motivated by a goal, he or she will want to conquer the goal to receive internal rewards, and will be satisfied by it.
A goal is of vital importance because it helps an individual to focus his or her efforts in a specified direction.