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Our resolutions - How to set goals/objectives effectively
Mon 2-Jan-12
6:41 pm
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maggenpie
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I've just taken a trundle back through last year's resolution thread to see what I said I was going to do. It was fascinating - Janet's resolution was to eat more chocolate. Did you achieve that Janet? big_laugh   

I think I'd better just repeat the list for this year.

I did pretty well... never did paint the dreaded stairwell, fell down on number two, didn't really get around to number 8 or 9. I did start my Cornish language studies again though, pity that wasn't on the list.

I. is always, to be happy.

2. Eat sensibly to preserve my good health. Which means sticking to gluten free, low sugar, low bad fats, and portion control. Boring¦.. (so for 2012 I'll add - try lots of new, good for me recipes.)

3. to grow lots of veg again.

4. to grow (even) more fruit this year.

5. to declutter more, which will make number

6. get the housework under control, easier I hope.

7. paint the dreaded stairwell etc.

8. make time to do my various neglected crafts but mainly to

9. do lots more woodcarving (and work towards final grade in Cornish).

10. do tai chi, meditate, take time to smell the roses and generally be calm, peaceful and therefore more tolerant and patient and able to achieve item 1 on my list.

I'll have to go back and read Danny's original post and give it some thought.

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Mon 2-Jan-12
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I am not sure about all of Danny's list. From the research I remember it is having goals that makes people happy, not achieving them. big_laugh In addition I think there are too many people who think they can visualise achieving things and not actually work for them or pay for them. And there are certainly too many people who think that they should earn £100000 or more per year and that those who don't can be stepped on.

Having an absolute goal that you don't achieve can be frustrating and cause you to give up, or worse (for example, yo-yo dieting that does more harm to health than staying any one weight). I think it is getting the balance between pragmatism or having achievable goals, idealism or shooting for the stars, and being kind to yourself when you don't acheive things without giving up the attempt.

Mon 2-Jan-12
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Well as I am moving to BG in April I thought as well as writing a list of aims and objectives specific to the property I should write a personal one so here's my list

 

Preserve ALL surplus crops

Stop being so irrational and grumpy.  whistle

Assume I CAN do it

Keep in contact with friends/family

Blog at least monthly

Improve my Bulgarian

Maintain Budget/Cashflow spreadsheet

Learn to Knit

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Mon 2-Jan-12
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ok ok , star constellations, and yes Tracy, i think I managed to eat more chocolate than the year before...making a good start on that this year too.

Tue 3-Jan-12
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devongarden said:

I am not sure about all of Danny's list. From the research I remember it is having goals that makes people happy, not achieving them. big_laugh In addition I think there are too many people who think they can visualise achieving things and not actually work for them or pay for them. And there are certainly too many people who think that they should earn £100000 or more per year and that those who don't can be stepped on.

Having an absolute goal that you don't achieve can be frustrating and cause you to give up, or worse (for example, yo-yo dieting that does more harm to health than staying any one weight). I think it is getting the balance between pragmatism or having achievable goals, idealism or shooting for the stars, and being kind to yourself when you don't acheive things without giving up the attempt.

I know what you mean Barbara and I can see both sides. There are those who never set goals and wander through life wondering why they don't get anywhere and I have seen those who have set themselves such unrealistic goals that they will never achieve them or near kill themselves getting there.

Many years ago we felt it was right to go to Latvia, but kind of realised the timing was not right and so we waited and we planned but never really pursued it until the time was right. I think recognising the timing for goals can be helpful. Failure to reach a goal can sometimes just be another way not to get to where you want to go and it is best to try look for a different way, failure is not necessarily a bad thing. cheers Well that's my tuppence worth

Tue 3-Jan-12
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wave It is said that all goals in life should be SMART.  I used to use this theory in education, but it can equally be applied in setting personal goals

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Relevant

Time-framed

Of course you can adapt any of the above to suit your needs or indeed your mood!!  whistle

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Tue 3-Jan-12
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danast said:

wave It is said that all goals in life should be SMART.  I used to use this theory in education, but it can equally be applied in setting personal goals

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Relevant

Time-framed

Of course you can adapt any of the above to suit your needs or indeed your mood!!  whistle

Setting objectives...

So by the end of the day, (session, course) you should be able to¦.

 

¦.and understand can't be added because you can't measure understanding¦

 

Those were the days¦..whistlewhistle

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Tue 3-Jan-12
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SMART used to be in our annual review documentation at work, but was suoperseded by something else at a later date.

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Tue 3-Jan-12
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OH yes I remember all those things from the good old days in the office, target setting, reviews, development plans, objectives, change management, risk management, motivational assessments, pah! - what a load of codswallop

Tue 3-Jan-12
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wave And how much time did we waste planning it all and writing it all down when we could have actually been achieving it.  aargh

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Wed 4-Jan-12
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With us it was reviewed twice a year and then ignored the rest of the time as it meant nothing in terms of promotions or money. yawn

 Later versions were linked to performance and pay and did make a difference to how people behaved, and were reviewed 4 times a year. It was also more pragmatic in that you could change a goal or cancel it, if it was either no longer relevant or other circumstances meant that it need a change.

In the end I almost enjoyed the goal setting and achievements reviews.  wink

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Wed 4-Jan-12
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lol...my reviews consist of an email moaning about how dreadful i am....working in such a male dominated industryi tend to find my managers havent a clue when it comes to dealing with a women , they organise nights out to lap dancing clubs as team building exercises etc...lol

Wed 4-Jan-12
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I so do not miss all that

Trying to enjoy life as it is

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Wed 4-Jan-12
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wave Nor do I.  whistle

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Wed 4-Jan-12
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No I don't miss it now, either!

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