What Are They?
I discussed last week why you need to have S.M.A.R.T. goals, however this is not enough for you to achieve them. To be able to achieve your goals you need to divide them up into snack-sized portions.
There are a couple of reasons for this:
- Yearly goals (and longer ones if you have them) can be discouraging to complete if you always see the end as far, far away. It can be too easy to give up when it all gets too hard.
- Having bite-sized portions allows you to divide up your end goal but also give you the sense of accomplishment along the way.
The GPA Example
In the example last week of improving your GPA from 4.5 to 5.0, there are some smaller sized goals you could achieve. You could work out what you mark you need to get on each assignment and exam during the year. As you complete each one, you feel like you’ve achieve something. In addition, you are making progress towards your end of year goal.
As well as this, by having smaller sized goals, you can adjust any ones in the future to make sure you still reach your year end goal. For instance if you score a 70% on your first assignment you could be tempted to give up on your goal. Or you could adjust the marks you need on your remaining assignments and exams throughout the year, making sure you are firmly resolved to meet your year end goal.
My Own Snack Sized Goal
I had a goal one year, that I was going to read 100 books in a year which sounds crazy in prospect. What I did however is divide it up into number of weeks and number of days so I would have a daily goal of how much I would have to read each day. This made it much more achievable rather than if I contemplated how I was going to read 100 books in a year.
So whatever goals you’ve planned for yourself for this year, make sure you divide them up into snack-sized portions, making sure you achieve everything that you’ve set out to do.