Now that I have the blog up and running I want to make sure that I keep myself accountable. What is the good of having a blog if I’m not doing anything with it? So I wanted to be sure that I continue to set goals for myself and my blog. Setting goals will help keep me accountable and push myself to get better. In 2016 I received a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Since completing the training, I have found that the tools I learned are also useful for my personal life as well. I have applied tools and principles to my house (especially those for organization). Now I want to continue to apply the tools for both my career, hobbies and family. I’m going to share with you one of my goals that I have set for myself and how to succeed at achieving it.
One of the best things that I learned at Santa Clara University is how to set SMART goals. This was reinforced with my Six Sigma training. SMART goals should be Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. What does this all mean??? It means that when drafting your goals you clearly state what you want to do and then start to consider all the different factors that affect this goal.
Where do you start? Let me run through an example of one of my goals with you.
Start with the specifics:
Every Sunday I will plan 7 meals for the week (Mon-Sun) and stick to the plan 70% of the week (or 5/7 days). I will check in weekly when planning for the next week. This goal is starting on 1/8/17 and ending 3/31/17 (end of 1st quarter for 2017). The overall goal is to stick to the plan on a weekly average of 70% for the entire quarter.
As you can see my goal is specific. I also state when I will check on my progress. And what time frame I have to accomplish this goal.
I will update everyone at the end of the 1st Quarter on how I performed on this Goal. If you need help writing SMART Goals and/or just liked my layout please join our mailing list for the FREE PRINTABLE SMART GOAL PLANNING GUIDE. You can use this guide to set personal goals as well as career goals. The Guide will take you step by step so that you can be sure that your goal is SMART! Also as an added BONUS I include a page dedicated to listing out action steps that you need in order to achieve your SMART Goal.
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