Setting goals, we’ve all heard about it. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals, set small goals so you can feel accomplished as you reach toward the larger goal, and of course we’ve all heard about setting a goal to complete a task with the idea that if you do it twenty-one days in a row it will become a habit. Well, I’m here to say that setting goals doesn’t work, unless YOU work! In the classroom we’re becoming so data driven and we number crunch, or maybe the computer does the crunching for you, but we’re forced to “interpret” and refocus accordingly. I have had the argument that goals for my students and my goals can be amazing tools, but what if only one of you is working?
I am one of those people that needs to SEE results, quickly or I get discouraged. Small goals, nope! Doesn’t fly here..I WANT IT ALL!!! However, I understand that what works for me doesn’t work for you. Once we understand that our “friends” methods for progress isn’t necessarily going to work for you, you’re half-way there! In the classroom we know that not one classroom is just like the next, which if you think about it is just like our lives. My problems aren’t your problems, my way of completing tasks may not be your ideal method, but what matters is that it gets done!
Here is how to start! Set the goals, write them down, make it a point to WORK toward them. Start with one goal, add another, then move on! In the classroom perhaps it’s your morning routine, write the goal down, come up with a method, execute and if it works BOOM you’re done! If not, look at what you’ve already accomplished and use that as a springboard to success for growth. Want to be more creative, organized, or even more active? Find a small way to BE creative, BE organized, BE active and continue setting goals to build on that small goal.
Setting goals is the easiest part of the process, but doing the work is what brings the progress.