Sunday, January 01, 2012
Finish-A-Long Project for First Quarter
Rhonda, at Quilter in the Gap, is hosting a Finish-A-Long this year. What is that, you say? Well, go on over to Rhonda's blog and she will explain it. All I will add is that there are some great prizes!
I thought a lot about what my goals would be for this quarter. I applied the SMART approach. For those that have never heard of SMART, each letter stands for something to use when setting goals.
S - specific. The goal has to be clear, not vague. When looking at it later, you have to know exactly what it was that you were to do, and when you can say that it was accomplished. Rhonda has helped us with that - this is the FINISH-a-long, not the make some progress-a-long.
M - measurable. It's not good to say "I will improve such and such". How do you measure that? You need to set a goal that gives you something clear to measure and then you know when you've done it.
A - achieveable. Don't go over the moon with goals - pick something that you know you can achieve, and you'll be able to succeed. At the same time, you want to challenge yourself.
R - realistic. Goes with achieveable.
T - time sensitive - This goes with measureable. You have to set a deadline for your goals.
This sounds straightforward, but I work with staff doing performance plans every year, and it's not as easy as you might think.
For Rhonda's first quarter, I decided to focus on "achieveable". My goal will be to finish just this one quilt by the end of the quarter:
Anyway, thank you Rhonda for hosting this. I'm hoping it will help reduce my UFO numbers!