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Want a strong & happy marriage? Try this!

Weekly Family Meetings- A Worksheet to Create Goals as a Team - Guest Post

Want a strong & happy marriage? Try this! A weekly meeting with your spouse can not only improve your marriage and communication, but your entire family and routines will also benefit as well. 

The best things my husband and I do together every week to build a strong & happy marriage?

We meet together.

Every weekend we sit down together for about 30 minutes, usually while the kids are occupied with an activity or when they are asleep.

We have been doing this since before we were even married and it really does help organize and plan out the week.

In fact on the busy weekends when we don’t get a chance to meet (although we make it a priority so it almost never gets missed, but every once in a while it does) I feel it for the rest of the week and it also has a negative impact on our marriage as well.

Though our family has grown and we have changed, our meetings together follow the exact same routine today as they did when we first started meeting together.

1. Review Your Week Together

Calendars in front of us, we spend a few minutes reminding each other of upcoming appointments, activities, or events.

We plan date nights or intentional time to spend together without the kids.

Perhaps the most important thing we do is discuss my husband’s work schedule so I know what nights to expect him home late or what mornings he has to leave early.

Now that the kids are in school, making sure our calendars include school events and afterschool activities is a must.

Finally, we look at upcoming events or activities that we need to start planning in advance. I remind him of upcoming birthdays or holidays.

Taking the time to review our calendars together helps remove most of the surprises and helps to set realistic expectations of the other’s needs.

Yes, unexpected events do happen during the week and there are things you can’t plan for, but when those events do occur they don’t seem as stressful because we already know how our week is unfolding.

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This also helps me plan my week at home too.

On longer days when he will work later, I can plan a special outing with the kids or make sure we have an easy dinner planned. I’m not waiting around wondering what time he will get home with resentment or anger building up in my heart.

2. Review the Budget Together

My husband, the banker, has an extraordinary gift of organizing numbers.

He is a saver by nature and a planner, so he s to know where every penny is coming in and going out. He has created the most beautifully detailed spreadsheet that outlines our budget, and he updates it throughout the week.

We are accountable to each other when we make purchases because they all go into the budget spreadsheet, both cash and credit card purchases.

Knowing that every purchase is recorded into our budget really makes me think about those impulse purchases that might happen.

Sure unexpected expenses come up and yes there are some days when a latte is completely justifiable

Source: https://creativehomekeeper.com/weekly-meeting-happy-marriage-secret/

Setting Goals with Your Spouse + Printable Worksheet

Weekly Family Meetings- A Worksheet to Create Goals as a Team - Guest Post

If you’ve been around here the last few weeks, you’ve heard me talk quite a bit about goal setting.  First, I posted about my one word and focus for 2018.  Then, we talked about having a solid foundation and aligning your goals with your priorities – aka making sure you set goals you’ll accomplish.

I’d to continue the goal setting conversation today with one last post – setting goals with your spouse.  Individual goals are important and necessary, but all too often, we forget to include our spouse in those goals.

Hubs and I usually sit down at the beginning of this year to go over the prior year’s goals and update for the new year.

  We did things a little differently this year – by individually answering a list of questions we wrote ahead of time.  It truly was the best goal setting session we’ve had.

  We were able to identify areas we’d both to improve in our marriage, celebrate our favorite parts of 2017 and dream a little about what we’d to accomplish in 2018.

It was such a great meeting in fact, that I want to share some of the how-to with you all.

Today I want to talk about some of the benefits of taking the time to set goals together with your spouse, some tips to make that time effective, as well as provide you with some of the questions that Hubs and I went over this year to help get you started.

Setting Goals with Your Spouse: Why You Should Do It

  • Intentionally taking time to spend with your spouse to set goals gives you the opportunity to reconnect and intentionally take time to learn about your spouse.
  • Setting goals with your spouse allows you to strengthen your marriage by giving time to identify and address possible areas of weakness, challenges, and opportunities for growth in the new year.
  • Writing your goals together allows you to have a tangible list of things that you are working towards TOGETHER.  This is so helpful to remind you both that you are in this thing called life together – you’re on the same team.
  • By setting goals with your spouse, you allow yourself to put your individual goals in larger context of your marriage and family.  This allows you to create a better working plan to get both family and individual goals accomplished.
  • Your spouse can be your best accountability partner and cheerleader in accomplishing your goals.
  • When you are working towards something together, you are able to celebrate all the big [and small] victories together.
  • Setting goals together allows you the opportunity to re-asses and update your goals as needed throughout the year.

Setting Goals with Your Spouse: How to Make Your Time Effective

  • Decide which areas of your lives are relevant or most important to set goals in for the year.  Some ideas include:
    • Marriage
    • Family/Kids
    • Home
    • Financial
    • Personal Goals/Dreams
  • Create a shared list of questions that you will work through together.

     

    • About a week ahead of our goal setting date, we created a shared list of questions to cover the topics above.  I wrote the questions and then sent to Hubs for review and commenting so he could add questions that he wanted to work through together. [You can download the questions that we used here!]
  • Make it a date!  
    • This should be fun!  Pick a date and a place that you both to go over your goals.  Maybe it’s your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or book store.  Wherever it is, pick a place that you’ll both be excited to visit and will be able to sit and have good conversation.
  • Prepare individually.  
    • Come to your date prepared.  You wouldn’t go to a meeting with your boss unprepared.  Don’t go into this meeting unprepared either.  Preparing ahead ensures that you’ll be able to have a productive conversation (and tells your spouse that you value the opportunity to plan together.)
  • Celebrate all the good of the year before.  
    • A good way to get started is to take some time in the beginning to remember some of the highlights of the previous year.  Accomplishments, fun vacations, favorite memories, etc.  Remembering these things together will help get your wheels turning for some of the things you’d to do in the new year.
  • Listen with an open mind and heart. 
    • This one is HUGE.  This time is not only about remembering the good times, it’s also about identifying areas for improvement in your marriage.  Frankly – this can be tough and uncomfortable to work through.  Discuss areas of your marriage that could use some work and then work together to create a plan to safeguard against those in the new year.
    • Hubs and I both individually agreed that communication was one of our biggest areas of weakness in 2017.  It was helpful to have both of our perspectives on some of the causes and ways that we could improve in 2018.  I cannot tell you how good it was to just listen to one another in a safe place where our concerns could also be heard.
  • Take notes, write it down and get started. 
    • Writing your goals down significantly increases the lihood that you’ll stick to them.  Take notes on what the other person is saying.  Work together then to write your new goals for the year.  Writing these down will allow you to go back and reference them throughout the year, and keep on track.
    • Finally, just get started.  Decide on your first action steps and just dive in.

Get Your FREE Goal Setting Worksheet HERE!

I’ve created a free worksheet that includes a re-cap of this information as well as all of the questions that Hubs and I used to create our goals this year. These questions are a great way to get the conversation going with your spouse! Just click the link above to download your fee worksheet!

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Source: https://www.livewellplaytogether.com/setting-goals-with-your-spouse-2/

How to Better Control Your Time by Designing Your Ideal Week

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You have a choice in life. You can either live on-purpose, according to a plan you’ve set. Or you can live by accident, reacting to the demands of others. The first approach is proactive; the second reactive.

Sure, you can’t plan for everything. Things happen that you can’t anticipate. But it is a whole lot easier to accomplish what matters most when you are proactive and begin with the end in mind. One of the ways I do this is by creating a document, I call “My Ideal Week™.”

I was first introduced to this concept by author Todd Duncan in a series of audio recordings he made that eventually became the book, Time Traps: Proven Strategies for Swamped Salespeople.

The idea is similar to a financial budget. The only difference is that you plan how you will spend your time rather than your money. And a financial budget, you spend it on paper first. Building Champions, the executive coaching company I recommend, refers to this as a “Time Block.”

My Ideal Week—the week I would live if I could control 100% of what happens—is divided into a simple grid. Each day has a theme. In addition, each day is segmented according to a specific focus area.

On My Ideal Week, daily themes are listed on the very top row:

  • Monday is devoted to my team, one-on-one meetings and a staff meeting at lunch.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday are devoted to travel and extended meetings, our Monthly Business Review meetings.
  • Thursday is an ad hoc day. This is where I try to push external requests for meetings.
  • Friday is spent on planning and long-term thinking
  • Saturday is for personal chores and activities.
  • Sunday is for church, rest, and planning the next week.

My focus areas are listed in the left-most column:

  • The early morning hours are devoted to self: reading, praying, and working out.
  • The middle of the day is devoted to work. Note that I arrive at the office by 8:30 and leave promptly at 6:00 p.m. It is amazing what you can get done in the time allotted when you create “hard boundaries” around your work. Otherwise, Parkinson’s Law becomes operative: “Work expands to the time allotted for it.”
  • The end of the day is reserved for my family and writing. Currently, I don’t have any children living at home. However, Gail I eat dinner together almost every night, taking time to connect and catch up. I then enjoy writing for the last ninety minutes of the day.

Activities that contribute to my goals and priorities are shaded green. Those are not related to my goals are shaded red. Those that could be either, are white. Those that are grey are simply not scheduled. This represents “margin.” This scheme is admittedly subjective, but it is helpful to me. It ensures that I am working on what matters most.

I highly recommend that you map out your own Ideal Week. Once you have created your Ideal Week, you can use your original document as a basic template for planning each week. I have also found it helpful to give to my assistant, so that we are both working with the same set of expectations.

If you are me, not everything can be shoe-horned into the template. However, having this document will better enable you to to accomplish those things that matter most.

Source: https://michaelhyatt.com/ideal-week/

10 Tips for Holding a Family Meeting

Weekly Family Meetings- A Worksheet to Create Goals as a Team - Guest Post

Strengthening the family bond can prove to be challenging even for the most dedicated parents. One of the best tools to achieve this goal is holding a weekly family meeting. In my years of practice, this has proven to be one of the most effective and bonding things families can do to create greater harmony and experience more depth and connection with those they love.

The goals of the weekly family meeting are to help you communicate better, bring everyone closer together, and to have some fun.

 The support and understanding that come from these gatherings creates more love and harmony. Here are some simple guidelines to help you get started.

  Remember that all families are different and not every step is exactly right for yours, so be creative and add to these guidelines when necessary.

1. Keep it upbeat. Just talking together as a family is something that will make everyone involved feel better.

Talk about the good things that happened during the week and ask the kids about the funniest thing that happened at school or around the neighborhood. Remember to keep your sense of humor and don't be afraid to laugh out loud.

The family meeting is about communication, which will lead to better connections between family members, and it's much easier to communicate when you're having a good time.

2. Don't try to control participation. Let everyone in the family join in, but don't expect children who are 3 and under to participate fully and do expect a few challenging moments.

While encouraging attendance for teenagers, don't make it compulsory. In a very short time, they will attend just to see what they may be missing—and make a bit of a fuss when they do attend.

Also, make sure you don't talk over the heads of your kids by keeping things simple.

3. Encourage every person who lives in the home to join the meeting. If you live with in-laws, other relatives or a nanny, they are all part of the family and so they need to be part of the meeting.

Make sure everyone involved gets some air-time. If one member is not talking use some gentle questioning to get him or her to open up.

For example, you could simply ask the person, “What was the best thing that happened to you this week?”

4. Be creative with the meeting space. Find a place where everyone is comfortable, the kitchen or dining room may be best for this. Don't be afraid to experiment with different locations such as the back yard or even a park.

If things are tense around the house you might want to have your weekly meeting at a fun place a pizza parlor, the local miniature golf course or bowling alley to help get things back on an even keel.

Starting the meeting by sitting in a circle and holding hands will set the tone for a bonding experience.

5. Give everyone a chance to lead/record the meeting. This will help your kids feel validated and realize that what they think matters. Make a record of the decisions reached so you can refer back to agreements made if you need to.

You can also post the minutes of the weekly meeting on the refrigerator so everyone can be reminded of plans for the week. Remember to make sure you follow through and do what you say you're going to do as parenting is best done by example.

6. Be creative with the agenda. Being flexible with the Family Meeting is a key component to making it work for everyone. Kids can have a low boredom threshold, so if your meeting is too much school or the parents are preaching the whole time, it won't work. Different things are going to come up every week so make room for them.

Here is an example of some typical family meeting agenda topics:

  • What happened last week
  • What's happening this week and future/holiday plans
  • Old stuff
  • New stuff
  • Money stuff (There's always money stuff)
  • Something wonderful my family did for me
  • Something wonderful I did for my family
  • Questions/comments about anything that anyone needs or wants to talk about

7. End each meeting with a fun experience. This will encourage everyone to attend and participate. Plan your experience as a group and remind the kids that if they don't get to do what they want this time there will be another opportunity next week.

This way no one will get their feathers ruffled and you will teach the kids about patience. Make sure that everyone can participate in the fun because leaving anyone out will cause hurt feelings. Also, you don't have to go somewhere and spend money in order to have fun.

Try playing games, cooking or watching something interactive on TV Jeopardy.

8. Help each other resolve any issues. Remember that this is a bonding tool designed to teach as well as inspire everyone that being close as a family is the best thing for all concerned. Keep talking about things until everyone agrees or at least agrees that it's OK to disagree.

Getting support and talking about choices will teach your children about fairness and about being a family. In areas where there have been difficulties, point them out gently and don't be punitive. This will encourage everyone to ask for help where he or she needs it.

Remember that win-lose is the same as lose-lose when it comes to your family.

9. Consult a therapist when necessary. If you are having trouble navigating some of the deeper issues you might want to consider bringing in a professional.

Therapy isn't just for families that are breaking up or having problems with conduct. Most families have moments of difficulty or confusion as well as problems with communication.

Being comfortable with getting some advice when needed will make your life a whole lot easier.

10. Remember that it's never too late to become a family. Even if your kids are in their late teens and only communicate with you when they need food or money, give it a try.

The kids will eventually respond to this process because everyone wants to be part of a family. It will motivate them more if you follow tip #7 and make the first meeting about planning some family fun. Never give up on making your family work.

The only way to fail at this is by not trying.

Holding a weekly family meeting will be one of the highest return investments you will ever make. I believe that parents have two jobs, 1) to teach their children how to love and 2) to teach them how to live without their parents. The family meeting will help you accomplish both of these goals.

So make your plans to hold best meeting you will ever attend, with the people who you love the most. It's a great way to spend an evening and a greater way to raise a family.

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Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/emotional-fitness/201209/10-tips-holding-family-meeting

Three types of Goals

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Effective goals motivate and inspire us, increase success rate, focus us, and reduce frustration. An effective goal setting process helps us understand where we currently are, helps us choose where we want to go, and assess the best steps to take to reach our ultimate outcome goals.

There are 3 types of goals: Outcome goals, process goals, and performance goals. Each of the 3 types differs how much control we have over it. We have the most control over process goals and the least control over outcome goals.

Outcome goals (Results). Outcomes goals are specific and spell out the results you hope to achieve in the end. For example, I will lose 30 lbs. While they give you a target, they don’t tell you how to reach it.

In business and competitive sports, outcome goals may be goals winning a championship or winning a certain % of the market or hitting a certain sales target. In these cases, outcome goals compare your performances with those of other competitors. Here is another example.

A high school student may set an outcome goal to become a doctor. That goal means that she would have to take exams and compete with other students over few spots into medical school. While you can study hard, you don’t grade your exams. While you can prepare well for your interviews, you don’t choose yourself.

As such, with most outcome goals, you can take steps that influence the outcome in your favor but the results are ultimately not under your control.

Process goals (Behaviors). Process goals (also called procedural goals) are the behaviors or the strategies that will help us to perform well and increase our chances of achieving our desired outcome goals. It’s the goal that sets the path to an outcome goal. E.g.

The process goal for losing weight may include reducing calories, riding your bicycle, and drinking lots of water. Process goals are particularly helpful for weight loss because they help you focus on changing behaviors and habits that are necessary for losing weight.

A nice thing about process goals is that they are within our control.

Sample behavior (process) goals:

  • I will excise 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for a period of one month.
  • I will drink 2-3 liters of water every day for one month.
  • I will eat only two meals per day for one month.
  • I will take 20-20 minutes to eat each of my meals for a period of one week.

Notice that all goals, whether they are outcome, process, or performance goals, need to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

Performance goals (Standards). Performance goals set the standards at which we will perform our process goals. This is focused on results.

For example, in a business, process goals may be akin to core values which spell out how you will behave to achieve your goals. Performance goals are actually the results you produce that affect the bottom line. E.g.

not simply making sales calls but actually converting customers to buyers. Meeting your performance goals on your process goals is the surest way to achieve your outcome goals. E.g.

the performance goals for losing weight the process goals above may be to lose weight by eating 1200 calories a day or less, riding my bike for 30 minutes 5 times per week, and drinking 3 liters of water at per day for a period of one month.

Divide goals into short-term, mid-term, and long-term

Goals can be categorized according to time into short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals. Long-term goals help motivate and focus us on the big picture. However, they can seem too big and too far removed.

I encourage people to break down their long-term goal into smaller short-term and mid-term goals and to celebrate when they meet those small milestones on the way to the final outcome goal. E.g.

a goal to lose 60 lbs in one year can be broken down to 5 lbs per month and 30 lbs in 6 months.

Research has shown that combining outcome, process, and performance goals increase the success rate. For effective weight loss, I encourage my patients to incorporate all three into their weight loss goal statement.

When I coach leaders, I encourage them as well to have the same three elements incorporated into their goal statements.

However, I advise them that when they have set their outcome goals, they should stop focusing on the outcome goal (or end goal) and really focus daily on their process and performance goals which are the behaviors and standards that will get them to their end goal.

For example,  you’ve decided that you want to lose 50 lbs in one year. Great! Then stop focusing so much on that but 50 lb goal but start focusing daily and tracking on the behaviors and standards that will help you lose that weight.

When setting goals, you should to visualize and choose the desired outcome. After that, you should focus on the process and your performance. Anybody can choose an outcome goal, and that doesn’t mean they will achieve it. But it takes courage, discipline, and leadership to do your process and performance goals which will lead you to victory.

This is true for athletes as well. You are not in control of who wins the tournament. What you have in your control are your process goals (behaviors) and your performance goals. If you focus on what is in your control, what is outside your control often works out well.

Because effective weight loss happens slowly, I encourage people to rejoice when they are succeeding at their process and performance goals because in due time they will reap the benefits of achieving their outcome goals if they do not become discouraged and quit. This is true with most goals as well.

Don’t become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

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Source: https://www.kennethmd.com/three-types-of-goals/

Creating Personas – Beaker & Flint

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Now let’s go through each section of a persona worksheet.

The single most important part of every persona. This shouldn’t just be any old stock photo you found by googling ‘man in hard hat’ or ‘lady with briefcase’.

The photo is the most prominent, most engaging part of your persona and, whether you it or not, the image will colour how your team feels about your persona. No one cares about ‘man in hard hat’ or ‘lady with briefcase’ because they don’t feel real.

In this box, list the key things and feelings you want the image (you eventually find) to communicate. Often people have multiple aspects of their personality; try to capture the personality they most embody when they are using your app:

  • Are they at home or work?
  • Are they surrounded by kids or tucked up on the coach alone?
  • Are they confident or intimidated when faced with technology?
  • Do they crisp suits or hand-knitted jumpers?

Your aim is to find a portrait that if it were the only part of your persona someone saw, would still give them some insight into what your persona is . Feel free to use images you have taken on research trips.

Name & Role

Two important sections of a persona that often get conflated or confused.

The Name is a person’s actual name. Jim, John, George or Monica. Not ‘apprentice’, ‘builder’ or ‘single mum’. The importance of the name is to 1) make your persona relatable and 2) give your team a quick short-hand way of referring to the persona in meetings.

It is common to hear ‘I can’t see Monica using that feature’ or ‘George is never going to understand that user flow’.

Don’t use celebrity names. They come with too much baggage that will overshadow the actual persona.

The Role is the identity this person has that makes them unique amongst the other personas in your set. Sometimes this is their profession, but often it is not. You want this to be descriptive but short.

If you were making an app for a primary school, some teacher personas might be ‘new teacher’, ‘mentor teacher’, ‘traditional teacher’ and some student personas might be ‘struggling but social student’ or ‘smart but distracted student’.

Quotes

Fairly straightforward, this section should be one or two quotes that give the reader some insight into the feelings and personality of the persona.

Tips:

  • Don’t make the quotes up; use actual things your users have said to you in interviews. Your team can smell a phoney quote a mile away.
  • Pick a quote that is relevant to your project, product or service.
  • Keep the quotes short, no longer than a tweet.

Demographics

With demographics, only list things that are relevant.

Is it important to know what their job is? Is it important to know what level of education they have? Is it important to know how old they are? If so, list it, if not then don’t — pretty simple right?

For example, if you’re making an app to help people get a home loan it might be relevant to know their job, income, location and marital status, as these will ly be important factors within the app. On the other hand, if you are making an app to help kids learn to cook it would be relevant to know their age, reading level, experience in the kitchen and whether they are allergic to nuts.

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Source: https://medium.com/beakerandflint/personas-74c4e1c12ee2

3 Types of Goals You Should Set This Year | Talent Management Blog | Saba Software

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by Sharlyn Lauby | Posted January 14, 2019 | Performance Management

Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2014 but has been updated for 2019 and beyond. We hope you enjoy!

As the end of the year draws near, I have a tendency to reflect on the goals I've accomplished and start to think about the things I would to do in the year ahead. But goals are a tricky thing. Set a bad goal and you could end up wasting time and energy. Set a wrong goal and you could end up in a situation you really didn't want.

For instance, let's say I set a goal to learn how to code. There's nothing wrong with coding, right? Correct. But if I'm not looking to become a full-time coder, I might want to make sure that this goal doesn't take up all of my time, preventing me from having goals related to my full-time occupation.

To make sure we set relevant goals, it's important to understand what goals are and how they differ from objectives.

The difference between goals and objectives

Often we use the terms goals and objectives interchangeably. While they are related, they're not the same thing.

Goalsare long-term achievements. They're usually future-focused and don't include actual steps to accomplish the goal. For example, a company might say they have a goal “to be number one in customer satisfaction”. That's the goal. But it doesn't outline how the goal will be accomplished.

Objectivesare specific achievements to help you reach the goal. Typically, they're measurable and have a timeline. If we use the goal example above, an objective might be “to improve customer satisfaction scores by 5 points each quarter”.

Using my example above of learning how to code, here are an example of a goal and an objective:

Goal: “I want to learn how to code well enough to attend a hackathon.” There's no way I'm going to learn coding overnight, so it's a long-term goal. It's future focused and doesn't have any specific steps on how I plan to achieve the goal.

Objective: “I'm going to download the Hopscotch app to my iPad and complete one activity a day.” This is very specific – download an app and complete one activity a day. (BTW, if you have a secret goal me to learn a bit about coding, check out the Hopscotch app.)

Knowing the difference between goals and objectives will help you develop achievable goals.

Three types of goals

Now comes the fun part, actually thinking about and establishing your goals. There are three types of goals: time, focus and topic.

1. Time goals are the ones we refer to as short-term or long-term. An example would be having a short-term goal of learning how to make a roux with a long-term goal of learning how to make gumbo.

2. Focus goals remind me of a BHAG (big hairy audacious goal). It's the one thing that's driving the majority of decisions. For instance, I had a goal last year to write a book. Big goal. It was a huge endeavor and impacted many of my personal and professional decisions.

3. Topic-based goals can be personal, professional, career, and financial. Maybe you have a goal to save a certain amount of money. Or to complete a leadership development program. These are goals that are important in a certain aspect of our life.

Time, focus, and topic goals are not mutually exclusive. We can have short-term financial goals, long-term career goals, and a personal BHAG.

Using a SMART plan

After establishing your goals, you have to create a plan to make those goals happen. Think of the plan as creating a series of objectives that will ultimately allow you to accomplish the goal. I'm a big fan of using SMART plans to achieve goals. SMART is an acronym. Here's one of many definitions for the acronym.

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Specific: What is the specific goal you're trying to accomplish? And be specific!

Measurable: How can you measure your success? Think about how you will know when you've accomplished the goal.

Actionable: What are the actionable steps (aka objectives) needed to achieve the goal? Break the goal into smaller steps. List every step.

Responsible: Who are the people that must support this goal? If you need the support of your manager, co-workers, friends, or family, make note of it here.

Time-bound: When do you want to achieve the goal?

Whenever I have a goal, I outline it on a sheet of paper and post it on my office wall. That way it's staring me in the face every day. Here's a template from Saba Software to get you started. Having a written plan helps me achieve my goals. You can also keep a SMART plan online.

The important part is setting the goal, creating the plan, and holding yourself accountable.

Goal setting and business success

Goal setting is a frequently used term in business. That's because it's an important part of business success. We can't move forward without goals.

Small goals lead to big accomplishments. Short-term goals create long-term achievements. Professional goals can help us realize our personal goals.

So, what are your goals for this year? It's time to make things happen.

Source: https://www.saba.com/blog/3-types-of-goals-you-should-set-in-2015

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