Effective goal-setting techniques
Three (3) effective goal-setting techniques
1. The SMART(ER) technique
This is one of the most popular and efficient methods of goal-setting,.
S — Specific — should target a specific (clearly stated) area for improvement.
M — Measurable — should have numbers or indicators to measure progress.
A — Achievable — should stretch you a little but stay within your skill/knowledge range.
R — Realistic — should say what results can be achieved in realistic terms, with available resources.
T — Timely — should specify when the results are due so that a sense of urgency is there.
E — Evaluate — by evaluating your goals every single day, you’ll be much more likely to achieve them.
R — Readjust — means to try various approaches until you find yourself getting closer to realising your goals.
2. The WOOP technique
This technique is effective for setting goals to break negative habits.
W — Wish – wish something you want to accomplish and attach a positive feeling to the goal you want.
O — Outcome – imagine the best outcome of your goal and recognise how it would make you feel.
O — Obstacle – imagine the personal obstacles that prevent you from accomplishing your goal.
P — Plan – make an if/then plan to name an action you could do if an obstacle appears.
3. The HARD technique
This technique is effective for setting productive, personal goals,.
Heartfelt: If you want to learn a new skill, imagine the pride of having a new skill. Connect that pride with the goal and use it as motivation..
Animated: Visualise what achieving your goal would look like. Incorporate every all five senses so you can remember the feeling every time you think about your goal.
Required: If possible, connect your goal to something that’s necessary for you. For example, if you want to improve your research skills, volunteer to create a report for your team.
Difficult: Set a goal that challenges you. By doing this, you’ll feel accomplished when you complete it.