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When Do You Set Your Goals?

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Pete Brindle

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For those of you who work to goals, when do you set them? Yearly? Monthly? I do two sets - termly (three times a year) and yearly. Yearly, I am doing now, because it is the end of another year! They are usually all to do with exam results and I was particularly pleased with this year's, so it will be difficult to top that.

The termly ones tend to be more to do with the business side of things.

How about you? When do you set targets for yourself?
 
Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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At the beginning of each year, January, at the same time as I set my personal resolutions. Most of which are broken by day 2. But I make them anyway!
 
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Pete Brindle

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At the beginning of each year, January, at the same time as I set my personal resolutions. Most of which are broken by day 2. But I make them anyway!
What kind of things do you set yourself to do that get broken so easily? Perhaps you should try to make things more achievable? Part of the idea of goal setting it to break things up into things that you can do, not just set one big, eventual goal with no way to get there.
 
Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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What kind of things do you set yourself to do that get broken so easily? Perhaps you should try to make things more achievable? Part of the idea of goal setting it to break things up into things that you can do, not just set one big, eventual goal with no way to get there.
Oh mostly personal things like diet, no chocolate etc. Or "I will be at my desk every morning and will not do anything else during the day, just like I would have to if I had a proper job" ha ha.
 
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Pete Brindle

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Oh mostly personal things like diet, no chocolate etc. Or "I will be at my desk every morning and will not do anything else during the day, just like I would have to if I had a proper job" ha ha.
Well it's not realistic to set such a huge goal if you're not used to it. It's much better to set smaller goals. Write things like "by January I will be working for four hours a day uninterrupted" and add an hour each month, or 15 minutes each week. It won't even feel half as bad if you do it like that.
 
Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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Well it's not realistic to set such a huge goal if you're not used to it. It's much better to set smaller goals. Write things like "by January I will be working for four hours a day uninterrupted" and add an hour each month, or 15 minutes each week. It won't even feel half as bad if you do it like that.
That sounds as though it could work much better. My resolutions this year were a bit of a shock to my system. Heck, I should just not bother with resolutions and just try to do the right thing from when I realise it's the right thing! Why set a deadline just because it's the beginning of the year!
 
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Pete Brindle

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Why set a deadline just because it's the beginning of the year!
Well, it would be a whole lot easier if more people had that attitude. People just see a new year as a new start, and they're quite right, it is, but if you only do things better at that time of year, then you're pretty much just writing off the rest of the year, which is a shame really.
 
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Mike Turner

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I'm a January person. If I thought of something that I wanted to do now, I would put it on my resolutions lists and wait for a few months. It really doesn't make sense, but for some reason I just manage to stick to my goals much better if they're at the beginning of a year.
 
Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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I'm a January person. If I thought of something that I wanted to do now, I would put it on my resolutions lists and wait for a few months. It really doesn't make sense, but for some reason I just manage to stick to my goals much better if they're at the beginning of a year.
My brother has always been like that. He decided that he wanted to do better in his exams (he's just finished university) so was putting a new revision schedule in place, but decided that instead of doing it that April, which would have affected his exams THAT year, he was going to make it his new year's resolution so it would only improve things the following year. He did get a good degree classification in the end, but it did make me wonder why people feel like that, when they know that there are things that they want to change so much earlier in the year!
 
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Lauren Turner

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All of the time, to tell you the truth. I don't really have a certain time that I like to set goals, instead I just choose to do things as and when they need to be done, and whenever I think of them. I usually find that it's the best way to go about things anyway.
 
Gemma Rowlands

Gemma Rowlands

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All of the time, to tell you the truth. I don't really have a certain time that I like to set goals, instead I just choose to do things as and when they need to be done, and whenever I think of them. I usually find that it's the best way to go about things anyway.
That's the way to be. Being able to adapt to new situations and needs is essential if you own your own business, and regular goal setting certainly goes in line with that. At least it should mean that you never feel as though you're falling behind with things.
 
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Pete Brindle

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That's the way to be. Being able to adapt to new situations and needs is essential if you own your own business, and regular goal setting certainly goes in line with that. At least it should mean that you never feel as though you're falling behind with things.
This is one thing I've learned from working with the kids we teach. Because their progress often changes we have to readapt to what we want to do, and that can often mean changing goals mid term. So they have to be just as adaptable. Personal goals I work differently with, but when it comes to the kids I adapt much more quickly.
 
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Mike Turner

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All of the time, to tell you the truth. I don't really have a certain time that I like to set goals, instead I just choose to do things as and when they need to be done, and whenever I think of them. I usually find that it's the best way to go about things anyway.
Just to let everyone know.. Lauren has a progress wall :D. She has photos of what she's made, some step by step progress files, and she sticks little stars next to her goals when they're achieved! I may try to get a photo of it, because to be honest, it's brilliant. It keeps her so motivated, and I think that's amazing.
 

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