In my previous post I mentioned some of my goals for this year. Every goal was a thing to “do”; meaning it required action on my part – train dogs, blog, garden, harvest, preserve, etc. There weren’t any what I would call personal goals, i.e. be a better person, love thy neighbor, etc. I did indicate that I wanted to learn some new skills so maybe that could count as a personal goal. What do you think?
As I also mentioned in that post, I would be implementing (or attempting to) the SMART goal theory. The acronym was first conceptualized by Peter Drucker in his Management by Objectives approach as a means to motivate employees to get onboard with an organization’s objectives. Over the years, the method has been utilized by counselors, teachers, fundraisers, organizers, you get the picture. So what is the SMART goal concept? Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. The letters stay the same, but some of the words change depending upon who is explaining the concept. Such as attainable might be achievable, timely might be time-bound or time-sensitive, etc. The words may change, but the initial concept stays the same!
So how can I apply this theory to the goals that I want to accomplish this year?
One of my goals in that previously mentioned post, was to blog more. Within that overall goal, were some “subgoals”, or goals that will contribute to the overall goal. Such as, finding my voice, improving several pages, and being more consistent. The above gives us a little bit to work with wouldn’t you say? But how can I take Peter’s plan and incorporate it into my life and my goals? Let’s see…
How can I be more specific about my main goal? What specifically WAS my main goal? It was to “blog more” (rather vague but we will get to that later) – find a purpose and stop struggling with it. Think about “who, what, where, when, and how” when formulating your goals.
- Who – I, me, Jen
- What – blog more (write numerous weblog entries)
- Where – that’s a given, here.
- When – well, that’s where things get sticky. Every day, week, month, what???
- How – this is also a sticking point. Obviously, a plan needs to be formulated. Sit tight because that is what we are going to work on.
I am going to work through all five steps of Drucker’s plan to see if I can come up with a SMART goal to increase my blogging consistency. (I really can’t tell you the number of times I have started a blog and stopped. Ugggg!) So click on the arrow to see how it all worked out.