I read an article about how important it is to set annual goals. It sounded good to me, so I forced my underlings to make some this year.
The article mentioned how it’s important to be specific about your goals, I think. At least, that’s what I told my employees. It said some other good stuff, too.
Long story short, I now require each employee to submit a list of annual goals for themselves before the start of each new year. I have a stack of their printed annual goals on my desk, but that’s only because I haven’t asked my secretary to put them in the filing cabinet.
And by the filing cabinet, I mean the closet. However, it will be a long, rainy, boring day before I dig them out.
I’m not sure why the annual goals are important, though, because it’s not like we’re going to go over them a year from now. That’s like expecting the president to review the goals from last year’s “State of the Union” address — that’s just not how it works!
W. Albert Jameson, IV
Goals are more effective when written down — that much is true. However, that assumes they are “SMART” goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-sensitive. If not, writing down goals is merely a great exercise entirely wasted by not applying the concept.
What is a goal you need to write down? Comment about it…. and then go write it down somewhere you will see it often!