Over the last years that I’m using GTD and other right-brain techniques to improve my productivity and personal growth I’ve seen that it’s important to define SMART Goals in your life. Everyday you can have a lot of ideas and projects that you want to do but can they help you to complete your goals?
That’s why it’s important to define SMART Goals so you can easily see if your current tasks or projects can bring you one step forward to complete your objectives. So what do I mean with “SMART”?:
- Specific: Goals should be straightforward
- Measurable: Goals with measurable progress
- Achievable: Goals should be do-able
- Relevant: Goals should be important to you
- Time-boxed: Goals should have a deadline
You can start defining your life goals for each one of your important contexts (personal, family, work, etc) and after that ask you this question: what should I need to do to complete my life goals?
It’s probably that you’ll need to do some tasks in the next 3-5 years, others for the next 1-2 years and finally some tasks that you can start right now. I recommend you to write them because when you’re not sure what to do next or what to do in your free time, you can read your life goals, 3-5 years goals, 2-1 years goals and take the right choice!
The best way I found to have them always accessible in my computer at home, work or other PC and also in my mobile phone is using Evernote. I created a notebook “Personal” where I added one note for each one of my contexts so I can updated them when I want and always have them synchronized in all my gadgets.