When setting goals use the SMART rule. Make sure that your goals are SMART!
Time bound (create a deadline)
It’s not only important to set goals that meet the SMART rule, it’s important to know that you need to ask for help. Communicate your needs to your peers, staff, family, etc. If your goals are not specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound… most likely the people around you won’t be able to really help you because your goals will be difficult to understand. If you have a list of goals, check to make sure they meet the SMART rule. If you don’t have one, as an avid list maker, I urge you to create a list of goals to accomplish by year end… something to close 2011 with.