Setting Goals & Context
The Context of setting goals
The final items to consider whenever setting goals are “When, Where, and with whom.”
All goals must have deadlinesdeadlines because it’s a psychological law that somebody’s work always expands to fill the time allowed. So goals we set must have target dates, time frames for completion.
Set a timeframe when setting goals: for next week, in three months, by fifth grade. Putting an endpoint on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards.
If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. It tends not to happen because you feel you can start at any time. Without a time limit, there’s no urgency to start taking action now.
For example, many of us may want to find a new job or start our own business.
We spend a lot of time talking about what we want to do, someday.
But without an end date, there is no sense of urgency, no reason to take any action today.
Having a particular time frame, a “When,” gives you the impetus to get started.
It also helps you check your progress.
The “where” is usually the simple part. You need to identify a location. Where do you achieve your goal? Start with the future environment in which you want to achieve the goal. This is a creative exercise; there are no limits! Choose the nicest offices or houses in which you would love to work or live if that is applicable in the context of your goal setting. Working towards a goal often implies making a change in one’s environment; it could involve bringing in an organizational specialist to rearrange an office environment to support a mission or job. It could be as simple as reorganizing furniture, adjusting the temperature, or making ergonomic changes.
The person(s) involved in helping you reach a goal fall into the “With Whom” section.
Assignment on the context of setting goals
Beneath each “How,” write: “When,” followed by the date you want to accomplish that objective, Where and With Whom.