Welcome to our free Goal Setting and Time Management tutorial. This tutorial is based on Webucator's Goal Setting and Time Management Training course.
Goal setting will take you to the next level in your personal and professional life and help you fulfill your dreams. You've already taken the first step toward goal setting by completing the lesson on time management.
However, before we get started with the actual process of goal setting, it is important to recognize where you are today, and why goal setting is important.
It is extremely important to have the right mind-set going into the goal setting process. All the tools and techniques for goal setting will not work if you don't have the right mind-set.
Believing in yourself and your ability to fulfill your potential will get you on the path to creating the right mind-set.
You might feel you are at a stage in your life with your current skill sets, experience, and circumstances that does not offer much hope in pursuing all your aspirations. However, with the right mind-set, you can start exactly where you are today and flourish.
As we go through life, we face situations outside of our control. We might not be able to change or undo some of the events that occur in our lives. These circumstances often bring frustration, stress, and anxiety. In these situations we should strive to figure out what we can control and start there, letting go of the things that we cannot control.
In Start Where You Are (New York: HarperCollins, 2009, p. 37), Chris Gardner makes a strong case for not placing a limitation on ourselves due to a perceived lack of resources or skills. Often, the challenge of not having experience in a particular area or the loftiness of a goal can make us feel limited. However, with enough conviction, most goals can be accomplished.
The idea of the importance of having a strong sense of belief in one's own self was introduced by the psychologist Albert Bandura using the self-efficacy theory. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-efficacy), Bandura defined self-efficacy as having a belief in one's ability to succeed in specific situations.
One's sense of self-efficacy can play a major role in how one approaches goals, tasks, and challenges. According to Bandura's theory, people with high self-efficacy are more likely to view difficult tasks as something to be mastered rather than something to be avoided.
Thus, self-efficacy has a direct correlation to the types of goals and the standards people set. The higher a person's self-efficacy, the higher the personal standards he or she will set.
But, how does one develop self-efficacy? The good news about self-efficacy is that it's not something you are born with. You can cultivate it by a developing a strong resolve to achieve your goals. Don't shrink from trying again and again until you get it right when dealing with an insurmountable task. Caroline Adams Miller and Dr. Michael B. Frisch in Creating Your Best Life (New York: Sterling, 2009, p. 25) recommend the following strategies to develop one's self-efficacy.
In the following section, let's look at why these strategies are important and how to execute them.
Those who attain their goals often read biographies of successful people and consider them as role models. However, it can be even better to look at someone you know who has overcome barriers, crossed boundaries, and set the bar high. The more you can relate to the person, the more helpful he or she can be as a role model. Because, you know someone who has blazed the trail before, you can follow suit.
Find someone who believes in you and someone you can confide in. The right kind of cheerleader will:
The wrong kind of cheerleader will:
People who don't have high self-efficacy allow circumstances and external events to keep them from doing their best. In order to persevere with your goals and do the best you can, it is important to learn how to manage the stress that comes from unforeseen events.Practice stress-relieving exercises, take breaks when needed, and learn what you can and cannot control
This is the most important technique to build self-efficacy and it is also the simplest. Break your goals, no matter how difficult they seem, into smaller measurable and attainable objectives.It is always easier to look at the next step in the process than to overwhelm yourself with the final objective. Gaining mastery over the actions that allow you to attain these small "wins" will give you a lot of confidence and build your self-efficacy.
In this exercise, you will answer the following questions about respecting your time.
Among other benefits that we shall explore in the following section, smart goal setting can help you lead a positive and fulfilling life.
The famous motivational speaker Jim Rohn stated that "If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you?" Not much (http://thinkexist.com/quotation/if_you_don-t_design_your_own_life_plan-chances/295557.html).
Goal setting first and foremost gives you a sense of direction in life. Without goals, you go from day to day letting others steer your ship, rather than setting your own direction.
Everyone has some passion, some desire, or something they want to do that brings joy to them. Often these passions and desires remain unexpressed because people feel they are too busy to pursue what they really want.
If goals are set correctly and with the right process, they can provide you a sense of direction and purpose in life.
Reinforcing what we learned in the first lesson, goal setting results in effective time management. Without personal and professional goals, people often waste time pursuing activities that are not aligned with their success and happiness.
Those who don't set goals often don't even realize how they spend their time. They go to work, react to everything that comes their way and they feel busy, but that is not the same thing as being productive.
Setting goals allows you to:
Setting personal goals in life also helps you make the most efficient use of the time you have each day outside of work.
Nothing feels as good as success. We all have a natural aspiration to feel successful. Success:
Goal setting involves breaking up big, impossible looking goals into small incremental goals. When you accomplish a small goal, you feel successful, which makes you more inclined to pursue your next goal.
Goal setting helps you look forward with expectation. No matter what your goals are - personal or professional, they help you look beyond the challenges and hurdles that inevitably come in everyone's life.
Goal setting can help you obtain the personal and professional growth you strive for by:
In this exercise, you will answer the following questions about the importance of goal setting.