Like most people, you are probably setting yourself new goals you want to achieve in 2019.
With all those new year’s resolutions that are dominating every conversation right now, a few of them are likely to work on it consistently. And if you are among one of them, you may be looking for a tool, a technique, some sort of methodology that can boost your overall approach for 2019.
Back as an undergraduate student in Germany, I often heard about the SMART goal technique. In fact, it was mentioned in every class and in every course I had to take. But you know what wasn’t discussed at all? How to use this technique in the first place!
Shortly before my graduation from college, I came in touch with an online course about optimising speed reading. I was already able to improve my reading skills from the average 120 words/minute to 600 words/minute but was keen to go even faster until I reached 800 words/minute up until 1,500 words/minute after a period of time and consistent practice. One key tool I used in order to track my progress and to follow my personal commitment and a journal.
You can achieve almost anything in the next 100 days
100 days seems a long time frame. In fact, it isn’t. It’s a relatively short period in which one can achieve almost anything one has in mind. After having dozens of conversations, from senior professionals to entrepreneurs, to teachers and friends, one thing always seem to be a major component with successful people: Consistency and breaking down big goals into micro-goals.
Journaling is a great tool to keep track of your progress and it is easy to implement into your daily life. Setting aside a proportion of your time to sit down and track everything you do based on a few simple questions can give you more transparency and clarity on what next steps you ought to do in order to come a bit closer to your overall objective.
Before we break down your goals at all, you need to make a firm statement: What is your goal after all? What’s its purpose? Does it contribute to your overall life objectives? Is it relevant to anything you plan for your life, your career, your personal relationship?
Take a moment and sit down and answer the following questions:
My Smart Goal
In 100 days I will: Describe your goal in details. Add a lot of emotions to it, describe all the reasons why you want this goal and how it will look like.
Be specific about your goal:
What: What is your goal all about?
Why: Why is it necessary to achieve this goal in the first place? Does it have any legitimate reasons? Think about how it can be beneficiary for you, or for your team, to achieve this goal.
Who: Who is involved in achieving this goal?
Where: Where do you work?
Constraints: Are there any possible constraints that you need to think about it? For example, if you want to write a book, there are a few processes that need to be taken in order to publish it, e.g. review/edition, printing etc. Things that you can only influence indirectly.
How relevant and attainable is your goal?
Going into the specific details of your goal is crucial. If you don’t write down and describe how your goal will look like and how relevant it is to your master plan, your life, your career, your department, then you won’t be able to establish clarity in your mind about the importance of reaching this goal. In addition to the previous points, you need to answer why your goal is attainable and why it’s relevant.
It’s not enough to say “I want to build the next Instagram” within that 100 day SMART goal. Saying “I will lay out the foundations of my future app by creating the core modules, so that I have a usable app with a basic interface” is one. Go into the details. Describe why your goal is achievable within the next 100 days!
Like with so many other things, your goal also needs to be measurable. Think about a few metrics you could use every day. For example, if you were to write a book with 350 pages, you could say that you would write 4 pages per day and spend at least two hours of writing, so that you still have 20 days of your 100 day challenge to make a final revision before you submit it to the publisher.
I will go into some further details with regard to setting micro-goals next time. Alternatively, you can also watch the youtube video that I attached to this article.
Happy new year guys! All the very best for you in 2019!