Setting Goals to Help Manage a Busy Life
Put simply, goals are what you want or what you want to accomplish. They can be actual
things like a new coat or activities like going on vacation.
But either objective depends on your ideas about what is important and worthwhile.
In any case, dont confuse good intentions with serious goal setting. Of course,
good intentions are important, but statements like, "Im going to get up
earlier" or "Im going to spend more time with the children," leave
too much to chance. You havent designed a method for reaching what you want to
Begin by developing your goals with these suggestions in mind:
- Goals should relate to your value system. To do that, you must know yourself and
whats important to you.
- Goals should push you to get things donelittle by little. Begin with step-by-step
goals that will lead to your destination.
- The more specific you make your goals, the more direction they will provide and the more
youll be able to discern how effective youve been.
- A good plan is like comfortable shoes. The plan serves the purpose and
"flexes" to accommodate revisions that may be necessary.
- Set positive goals. Visualize success.
- Write goals down. This method provides a sense of "ownership." Youll
also remember your plan better, while it also keeps you on track.
Karen Elliott, Karen.Elliott@oznet.ksu.edu
County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences
Johnson County, Kansas
Kansas State University Research and Extension