Moving Up In Life

Friday, October 07, 2005

Are My Goals SMART Enough?

In my last posting I said that I was just brainstorming some goals; some may agree that I was brainstorming but how were my goals. Look at the first one, “Turn things around at work”. It is a little too vague to be useful.

To be effective a goal should be SMART; that is

Specific – Measurable – Attainable – Realistic -- Timely

Take a look at a couple of the following sites about creating goals

and there are a ton more.

So “Turn things around at word” should be revised as:

  • Be promoted to Manager of Development & Quality Assurance within the next six months.
  • In the next six months, resolve 50 issues, each within 3 days of the issue being reported. Accomplish this by keeping current on what issues are being reported and effectively managing my time and department resources.

Thursday, October 06, 2005


One of the things that I have not done a while is set some goals. Without goals I get sidetracked and focus on the small things, not on the things that will get me ahead. So now is the time to change this. Without doing a lot of research into how to set some goals, let’s just get some thoughts down on paper. I know I will need to set some timeframes and some action plans but today is about brainstorming. And remember when you are brainstorming nothing is ridiculous or out of the questions.

  • Turn things around at work
  • Finish the home renovations
  • Continue to learn
  • Stash some cash away for emergencies
  • Get in shape
  • Spend more time with the kids
  • Volunteer more or make if more meaningful
  • Be a better husband

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