TIPS FOR SETTING REALISTIC GOALS 2020 By:Shyllon Esther Oluwapelumi Hello there! Welcome to another year!, trust you’d have been going round with ‘new year resolutions’, ‘new year;new me’, ‘in with the new;out with the old’ and the likes! Lol, its allowed! However, how realistic are these goals? So for the answer to that question, Motivational Monday today would be giving tips on how to set realistic goals for the new year! 1. Self-reflect Before you start setting new goals, it’s important to reflect on what you’ve already achieved. If you’re looking at goals for 2020, take a look at what last year was like for you. What did you achieve in that time? Did you acquire any new skills or break new boundaries? It’s important to give yourself the praise you deserve for the things you have achieved as these might help build some new goals. For example, are there targets you achieved that you’re hoping to surpass in the next year? Once you’ve figured out how you can expand on each of last year’s goals, you can look at where the gaps were. What did you not get around to last year? What’s missing from your list of achievements? How can you add them to this year’s plan? 2.Challenge yourself a little Your goals should be a stretch for you. They should be realistic and achievable for sure, but they shouldn’t be too easy. Your goals should challenge you in a healthy way. If you achieved something last year, think about how you can push that a bit further. Equally, don’t take on too much in one go. If you push every boundary to its limit, will it be that little bit too far to achieve them all? Perhaps one of your goals should be to maintain the same level in one metric, while introducing a whole host of new ones. That in itself is a stretch. Only you will know what’s a doable stretch and what is completely unrealistic, but it’s important to evaluate each goal and know why you’ve set it. Question the motivation and purpose behind each goal before you set it in stone and, once you know that, you’ll need to make sure it’s realistic to reach it, which brings us onto our next point. 3. Make SMART goals SMART stands for: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. So, when setting goals, you need to ask yourself those five questions. Is your goal specific enough? This means your goal shouldn’t just be ‘learn how to code’ or ‘grow my email audience’. It has to go into detail about how you’re going to learn to code, what programming language you might learn and what you hope to achieve out of it, or growing your email audience by how much, in what timeframe and how? Your goals should also be measurable, attainable and realistic. This means you should be able to track your goals in some way, be it with a checklist or through actual metrics. You also have to make sure it is actually possible to achieve the goal within your set timeline to avoid any disappointment. Finally, your goals should be timely. Each one should have a realistic timeline and deadline attached to it, to help hold you accountable and to make sure you hit certain targets at certain times. This helps to avoid the dreaded ‘New Year resolution flop’, where you set goals with a vague end-of-the-year deadline and are left disappointed that you didn’t do anything or even think about them until November. And there you go guys!, wishing you a goal oriented 2020!