The Artist Planner advocates heavily for writing goals down and making them real.
It's one thing to write them down and another thing to actually follow through with it. How do you know if you are being successful or how can you tell if you are falling behind? Properly planning your goals can help you keep on track and ultimately lead you to success.
Even if you change your mind a lot - having a road map to follow always help you stay on track and get back on track when you stumble. The best way to plan is to set SMART goals. A SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely.
Specific– Specific means you can quantify it. A specific goal may be - Lose 5 pounds, send out 30 comp cards or email 5 agencies.
Measurable - What metrics are you going to use to determine if you meet the goal? This makes a goal more tangible because it provides a way to measure progress. If it’s a project that’s going to take a few months to complete, then set some milestones by considering specific tasks to accomplish.
Achievable – This focuses on how important a goal is to you and what you can do to make it attainable and may require developing new skills and changing attitudes. The goal is meant to inspire motivation, not discouragement. Think about how to accomplish the goal and if you have the tools/skills needed. If you don’t currently possess those tools/skills, consider what it would take to attain them.
Relevant – Relevance refers to focusing on something that makes sense with the broader business goals. For example, if the goal is to launch a new product, it should be something that’s in alignment with the overall business objectives.
Timely – you need a timeline. What is the date that you will measure your success at achieving your goals. There has to be an end date, otherwise, it’s just a very big “someday”.
So now you know what SMART goals are. And you know why goal setting is important. Time to set your goals if you haven't or revise the ones you've already set. That's why The Artist Planner has a quarterly check-in page to keep your momentum going.
Your goals are your plans and your compass for your journey. Here are questions to ask yourself this week:
- Have you already forgotten about some of the goals you've written down?
- Are your goals specific enough?