The best thing about setting goals is they don’t require you to believe in them. There is no faith needed, you don’t have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. You just have to follow this process.
GOALS SEEM LIKE OLD HAT - BUT CAN THEY STILL BE USEFUL?
Establish what you would like to achieve or change and why this is important to you. This is your motivator.
Let’s think in baby steps. For example, if your goal is to get a new job but you have not yet started looking, then a realistic goal for this week may be to update your CV, or fill out x amount of applications. Do not set unrealistic goals - you are unlikely to achieve them.
List all the things that need to happen for your goal to work. There may be several moving parts, or it might be quite straight forward. Either way list what you could do to achieve your goal - brainstorm - no one will hold you to it at this stage!
Now pick one or two of the best ideas from step 3 and state your goal in a short sentence in the most specific language you can. For example: “I will fill out 3 applications this week, two on Monday and one on Wednesday night.”
It is important to consider anything that might stop this goal from happening. For example: You might be tired when you get in from work, the phone may ring, the kids need help with something. Note these down and brainstorm how you will get round them to make sure you stick to your goal. This process is crucial, there is no point setting goals and assuming they will just happen, we have to make them work. Accounting for things that might derail us makes it more likely that we will stick to our goals.
Clare Martin is a the founder of the Positive Teacher Network who specialises in helping teachers to find the ultimate Work Life Balance and supports them with many of the difficulties teachers face today.
The Positive Teacher Network provides practical tips and strategies to busy, tired teachers to help them improve their lives allowing them to focus on being great teachers.