Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Setting Goals

You may have figured out by reading my blog or by knowing me in real life (or online) that I am a goal-oriented person. I love having boxes to check, lists to mark off - heck, I like making lists just for the sake of making lists!

The other day while listening to my favorite financial guru, Dave Ramsey, the topic turned to setting goals (this time of year known as resolutions). I loved Dave's advice and wanted to share it here.

He lists 6 categories for goal-setting. I like this already... a list for making a list! Perfect!! The categories are: physical, financial, intellectual, family, career, and spiritual. Since I don't have a "career" per se, I'll include homeschooling and endeavors related to remediating autism in that category since that's my "job".

He also gives 4 key points to remember when designing a goal, and I was familiar with this concept from college when writing lesson plans. Goals must be specific, measurable, have a time frame, and should be written down.

So a goal of "Lose weight" doesn't count. A goal of "lose 10 pounds by my birthday" would count.

I've been working on my goals for 2010, and it's exciting! I'll post them on New Year's Eve! :) If you decide to write some goals/resolutions, I'd love to read them!

1 comment:

Prince Andrew and the Queen Mum said...

when i was in the 'real world' ..well the one where you make money... we had to make S.M.A.R.T goals..
specific
measurable
attainable
realistic ??
trackable...