The following broad guidelines will help you to set effective goals:
- State each goal as a positive statement: Express your goals positively.
- Be precise: Set a precise goal, putting in dates, times and amounts so that you can measure achievement.
- Set priorities: When you have several goals, give each a priority. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals, and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones.
- Write goals down: This crystallizes them and gives them more force.
- Keep operational goals small: Keep the low-level goals you are working towards small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that you are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward.
- Set performance goals, not outcome goals: You should take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible.
- Set realistic goals: It is important to set goals that you can achieve.