Many people are familiar with the annual performance review process at their place of work.
Typically this review will look at the goals you have achieved for the last period and then plan out the goals that you need to achieve for the next period. These kinds of goals generally will read something like: Increase the sale of X by Y% by Z date.
Having worked in various HR roles for the past 8 years, I am more than familiar with the benefits of employers having their staff set goals. Research has shown that people with clear written goals are far more likely to achieve these than those who haven’t. Additionally settings goals gives people a clearer focus, helps prioritise and generally sees people putting time and energy into what they really need to achieve opposed to activities that won’t generate a result.
I am halfway reading through a well known book called The Artists Way written by Julia Cameron which had been recommended to me countless times by numerous sources. One of the many suggestions in this book is to conduct a goal search so that you are able to clearly define what you want to achieve in life, what that looks like and what needs to be done to achieve it. It has dawned on me that we spend so much time setting goals for the companies that we work for that we tend to forget about the benefits of setting goals for our OWN lives.
I spent close to 2 hours setting goals in a work context so today for Quiet Quest, I thought I could spend my 30 minutes of quiet contemplating and establishing some personal goals I would like to achieve.
And for those of you familiar with the HR goal setting jargon, be rest assured that my goals will be S.M.A.R.T 😉