Having goals is one thing; achieving them is quite another. Productivity weblog Dumb Little Man suggests using the S.M.A.R.T. method to help ensure that your ambitions see the light of day.
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The acronym, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Boxed, is one we've mentioned before, though Dumb Little Man's explanation offers more fleshed-out advice on how to successfully use S.M.A.R.T. to meet your goals than what we've covered in the past. According to the post, you can "apply the SMART criteria to any goal you wish to achieve, and if it does not meet any of the five characteristics, you clarify and adjust it until it does".
Concerning the measurable element, for example, the aim is to be as specific as you can about what it is you'd like to accomplish. The more detailed the goal, the higher the odds are that you'll be able to measure your progress. Needless to say, abstract goals are generally more difficult to quantify. Once you've specified your goal, the article suggests breaking down the task into measurable milestones, then giving yourself positive reinforcement after each one is reached.
Check out the full link for the remaining elements of the S.M.A.R.T. puzzle, then let us know what steps you take to help achieve your goals—S.M.A.R.T or not—in the comments.
Setting and Achieving Goals the SMART Way [Dumb Little Man]