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Identify goals

Use the GOALS acronym to determine how to identify and work toward your goals:

  • G is for Generate your goals on paper. Write down your objectives, as illustrated in Exhibit 1-7 . If you do not, you might forget your goal or it might slightly alter in your mind as you think about it. Keep your goals visible so that you are periodically reminded of them.

    Figure 1-7. Goals on paper

  • O is for Organize your day’s activities. After you have written down your objectives and goals, write down your schedule for the day so that you know how much time you have to accomplish your goals. Be sure to account for meetings, possible interruptions, and breaks.

  • A is for Align your goals with company goals. Some of your goals will be individual goals, but it’s also important that you consider the goals of the company when setting short-range and long-range goals. If you do not know your company’s goals, ask your boss for a mission statement or ask him or her to identify goals he or she thinks you should focus on.

  • L is for Line up tasks according to priority. When looking at your list of goals, you should always prioritize them, as illustrated in Exhibit 1-8, listing your most important goals first. You should generally rank short-range goals first because you usually have less time to accomplish them, but you should be careful not to neglect long-term goals when you are prioritizing.

    Figure 1-8. Line up according to priority

  • S is for Stay focused. Use your goals to keep you focused on your work through crises and interruptions. Let your goals help you better manage your time. By setting goals that are important and motivating, you’ll be less likely to waste time because of unexpected occurrences.


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