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29 POOR: I will improve my time management at work by September 1st. This goal is stated positively and there is a deadline. But it is still poorly stated because we don't know the actions involved. What you will be doing when you achieve the goal is vague. This makes it hard to know where to start and difficult to determine if and when the goal has been achieved. "Time management" can be made more specific if you ask yourself: "What will I be doing when I've improved my time management?" Here are some examples: * BETTER: * * By January 1, I will be able to satisfactorily complete all of my assignments and work at least one hour per day on discretionary projects. By Christmas, I will manage my time in such a way that I fly my kite at least two weekday evenings each week. BETTER: Both better goals have deadlines and are specific in describing the goal state- what you will be doing-when you achieve the goal (working on discretionary projects and flying your kite). The statements also show how often-at least one hour per day and two weekday evenings-you will be doing the activity when you've improved your management of time. The better goals also create a compelling image in your mind (assuming you enjoy working on dis- cretionary projects and kite flying) because an image of you doing something you like draws you toward it like a magnet. Setting powerful goals sounds easy, but can be surprisingly difficult. The follow- ing worksheet will help you think through your goal so that it is powerful and compelling.