If want more work life balance, it’s smart to have goals. In fact, it’s best to have SMART goals. If you’re not familiar with this acronym, here it is:
And if you want a really great goal-setting mechanism, then SMARTER goals are ever better. Add these two pieces to the mix:
Having goals creates more balance in your life because you’ll have built-in limits and boundaries. However, although many people make goals, only a few actually complete a high percentage of their goals. Most people have an inadequate “goal-getting” system. So while “goal-setting” is part of the process, goal-getting is the true goal of goals!
Those people with a solid goal-getting system complete far more goals and are more successful and happier, and have better balanced lives.
When you make your goals specific you’ll have well-defined and precise targets to aim for. Vague goals, because of their overly general nature, give you far less to aim for. When you add a measurement mechanism, you’ll be better able to see, adjust and evaluate your progress. Action oriented goals do just that; they get you moving and into action. Having goals with no action obviously defeats the purpose of even having goals.
Of course, being realistic is important because unrealistic goals tend to frustrate and burn people out. And having a time table connected, which can be one of your measurable goals, also gives you feedback regarding your progress. When people see progress, they tend to want to do more. This creates positive reinforcement.
Furthermore, boring goals are less likely to get you enthused, so make your goals exciting and get connected to your passion. Then make sure you record your goals by writing them down or even making a chart and charting your progress. Again, this creates more positive reinforcement as you see your results.
As you’re setting your goals, make sure you include all areas of your life. People tend to sometimes put more emphasis on their work and business goals, to the exception of all the other areas of their life. In addition to work and business, include physical and health, spiritual and personal growth, relational and social, recreational and hobbies, and financial and family. Add any other areas of your life that are especially important to you.
So make SMARTER goals for yourself and you’ll automatically create more work life balance. And you’ll be even happier than you were previously!