Achieving Professional SMART Goals
How to create an action plan and monitor your progress towards achieving SMART goals Oct 14, 2006 Joni Rose
Learn a technique to map out an action plan to achieve professional SMART goals. This step-by-step approach creates the discipline and structure required to see results. To achieve a professional goal, start by creating a goal statement using the SMART goal setting technique. Once you have a strong goal statement, it is now time to create an action plan to map out how you will achieve the goal. A technique I use with clients involves structure, discipline and sticky notes. I teach the goal setting and action planning process over a three month period. The first month is used to assess, clarify and focus their professional goals. The second and third months are used to create and implement an action plan to achieve a goal that can be obtained in two months so that they see the process through from start to finish. Later, they can then use the same technique to map out bigger goals. The process is as follows: 1. I ask them to write their goal statement on a large sticky note. 2. I then give them smaller sticky notes and ask them, “What will it take to attain your goal?” They start to list off all of the tasks that they will need to do and each task is written on a sticky note. After they have a few of the top-of-mind tasks listed (in no particular order), I keep asking the questions “And what needs to be done to complete this task?” My objective input helps to make sure everything has been considered so partner with someone that can help you see the forest for the trees. 3. Once we have a complete list of all the tasks that need to be done, I ask them to set a deadline to achieve their goal. 4. I then ask them to commit to a goal achievement schedule for the next two months e.g. 2 hours on Monday evening, 2 hours on Thursday morning and 4 hours on Saturday. 5. We then use another colour of ink to mark the...
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