So for a number of years I declare Jan 1st a “no-day” as in similar to no-man’s land. In the past, aka my 20’s, because I was usually too hungover to move! Now with time and maturity I keep it as a day where all bets are off. On this day I reflect on what it means to start a new year and whether or not my targets / resolutions from the year before were realized, what will carry forward and what needs to be added – a personal performance evaluation of sorts.
Personal evaluations are just as important if not more so than your “at-work” performance appraisals. They are what directs your personal goals, life ambitions and ultimately your satisfaction. It is from this evaluation you can be better placed to determine if your work goals are aligned.
How to make PERSONAL/WORK GOALS effective and achievable:
A. MAKE YOUR PERSONAL GOALS TARGET ORIENTED – make them SMART!
Many New Year resolutions I hear are:
“BE happier” or “BE healthier”, “MAKE more money”. “GET Married” …
If these were KPI;s at work I can assure you 100%; there will less than 10% success!
Successful people use SMART goals in their personal life as well as in work. It is like breathing – it is instinctive. Let’s copy them; these successful people. So, if at the end of 2017 you feel like it was a washout, useless year, not as good as you wished… look back to Jan 1st 2017 and think what were my goals for the year? Where they clear? SMART?
A few examples:
- “Be Healthier” – From Jan 2nd to April 2nd I will have gone to the gym 5 times a week for minimum 45 mins a day and had an elevated heart-rate in fat burning zone for 30mins per session on the treadmill / elliptical / Zumba so that my resting heart rate is lowered to 78 and I drop my BMI down to 32 from 35. Will re-review on April fools day for the next four months.
- “Make more money” – By May 1st I will have applied to average 10 jobs per week in the field of … and attended 25% interviews so that as of June 1st I will have at least 2 offers in my new career path to consider and accept before resigning at my current job as cleaner. If necessary I will rewrite my CV every two weeks if I am not achieving 25% interview rate on my 40 job applications per month.
- “Be happier” (assuming you like to travel as this makes you happy) – I will have planned and gone on three trips by Quarter 3, average one trip / holiday per annual quarter. Two local ones for a minimum of a weekend each and one regional / international for approx. 5 days.”
*TIP – keep your goals within the range of 3 to 5 as you will find within them a number of smaller sub-goals so to avoid overwhelming yourself. Focus on the key goals and aim to achieve them quicker and effectively. You can always set new ones at any time in the year once your previous ones are achieved.
B. WRITE YOUR SMART GOALS DOWN – we all create Job Descriptions with corresponding Key Performance Indicators in the workplace why not at home??? Is our personal life not equally if not more important? We wouldn’t accept any member of our team saying “Yes Boss I have my KPI’s right here in my head! Don’t worry I will remember them all for the whole year… in my mind using my imagination and glorious memory skills” NOPE! Not a chance in hell! If it was my employee, they would be out the door faster than one could say KPI! Get out your laptop / notebook, diary anything that works for you and WRITE each one down clearly and specifically – personally I group by category and priority. But hey I am a wee bit OCD and it is not for everyone.
Realist,Marketer, Feminist, Marketer
( Check out for PART 2 of this Blog A NEW DAY, A NEW YEAR – IS IT ALWAYS A NEW DAWN? Part Two) .
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