The moment of truth is here: it’s time to access how well we did with our goals for last month and set new ones. Not only evaluating what we did but also the goals themselves—were they SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound) and how will they evolve into next month’s goals?
What were the good outcomes of setting goals? Focus. I was able to narrow my choices as to how to work throughout the month. I directed my efforts as often as I could, to goal-related activities. I felt good about my work time knowing it was helping me reach my goals even if the direct result of each session was not completion of a goal. Getting closer to the goalpost counts too!
Maintaining focus is key. All of my goals pertained to subbing although they didn’t involve actually licking a stamp, sealing an envelope and dropping it in a mailbox. They were tasks that made me focus and remain mindful of the days passing towards my February 28 deadline. Posting my six goals for February right over my computer helped me focus. These six goals were my ultimate goal broken down into daily, weekly and monthly tasks. It was easier to see the progress made towards the goal through these tasks.
Publication might be the ultimate goal, subbing, the penultimate goal but the steps leading towards it have to be completed first. Maintain focus by completing manageable tasks. Prioritize and don’t spread yourself too thin.
Goals generally represent the future. Focusing on tasks that lead to the goal and performing them on a regular basis keep you grounded in the present. Focus on the work, not on the outcome. Learn all you can about your craft, polish your work and submit it with the assurance that you’ve put all you can into this endeavor.
Before you run off towards your goalpost, take a look at this video brought to you by… FOCUS. If you have sensitive ears, turn down the sound. Hang in there until at least a minute fifteen seconds in.
Now, that takes focus!
Sub It club wants to know how you did in February and what you’ve got planned for March. Are you setting new goals? How will the progress you made in February help you in determining what your goals are in March? Are you closer to the goalpost? Comment here or if you’re part of the private Facebook group, tells us how you’re doing on the March Goalpost thread there. If you’d like to join our Facebook group, send a request.