GOAL SETTING : Whys and Benefits

Personal Goal Setting – why do we do it?

The Pros of Goal Setting There are several benefits to having some goals, these include: • Improves our own productivity/ work performance • Contributes to productivity of the team/workplace • Makes us more motivated (e.g. Especially if there is an incentive attached to achievement of goals) • Gives us a sense of achievement

The Cons of Goal Setting There are some common mistakes and misconceptions of setting personal goals. One is the potential tendency to think too narrowly – which may lead one to lose the bigger picture or other goals. The second is the quality or the quantity of goals. Some people tend to get “locked in” to certain goals, with the exclusion of everything else. Or they may become paralysed by over-listing goals that they are most likely unable to meet. The third mistake or misconception is that there may be some unrealistic expectations by other people or even by the person him or herself for aiming to achieve something of benefit.

Chris Bailey (2014) suggests that rather than set “traditional goals” we can instead set “process goal” which are smaller goals that we need to achieve larger goals.

Examples are • Lift weights for 45 minutes 4 days a week for a month (Goal: Gain 5 pounds of muscle mass in three months) • Call 5 potential clients before lunch every day this week (Goal: Increase your sales by 25% this quarter)

According to Bailey (2014), process goals also help to reduce the big, ugly goals into something we can easily action and understand.

Process goals can also follow the SMART format ( Specific – Measurable – Attainable – Relevant – Time-Bound) but are carried out in smaller and much doable chunks

In conclusion, we can think about what goals have we set for ourselves and evaluate it in terms of what are realistic expectations – are our goals too ambitious? We need to step back a bit and check whether these goals actually assist in us achieving a healthier, happier and more fulfilling work life.