After you’ve written the goals and evaluated them for yourself and shared them. Now you should tailor them or tweak them. Take the input from your personal evaluation and the input from others and rewrite your final draft of your goals. Write them clearly for the year. Then write out the subgoals that will get you to those major goals. Make sure those subgoals also carry the markers of the S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. Goals system.
Tips to help you tailor your goals.
- Write the goals down and put them in a very visible spot. You need to be reminded of what you’re working towards.
- Put the goals and subgoal deadlines on your personal calendar. I need deadlines. This help me see tangibly how much time I have left before a goal is due.
- Get organized. I use a two primary tools to help me write out my goals and track them.
- Evernote – This is my brain. I send clips and snippets of everything that relates to my goals here. Motivations, ideas, websites all go here. Everything is easily uploaded and easily systematized. They have a wonderful free version. I upgraded though and am so happy I did.
- Omnifocus – This is my primary project management and task tracker. Every goal and subgoal goes into Omnifocus. I set annual goals as folders and subgoals as projects within the folder then I write tasks that correspond to those subgoals. This software is a tad pricey, but I’ve found it to be superior to the other task and personal project management apps available.