By: Ken Austin
Goal setting worksheets will help you not just to list down all your goals in a more organize way, but arrange them visually for easier reference. People, for most of the time, are in need of something to arrange their frames of mind.
A goal setting worksheet is exactly created for this particular and immediate need. Moreover, in this time where there are lots of stimuli or disturbances in people's concentrations, it is very easy to get lost even in the jungle of their own thoughts -- even during their planning exercises. And this doesn't include the familiar adage of "making your goal planning more effective".
It is very common to read from many sources that in order to be effective, a person's goal planning should be listed down. Be it a personal goal, career or professional goal, and even business planning, bringing this down into a paper will the practitioner to see the planned goal factually.
But some important aspect of this "writing" process is omitted. In writing, just like in thinking, there are many steps. And if it is the first step of thinking, usually the "warm-up" period that is committed into writing, then the problem is in the making.
This is so because goals can be easily lost in myriad of letters in written form. There are even instances that if someone is tired, simply looking at several pages of paper can be a stressful exercise. How much more if this involves the effort of "deciphering" a product of an earlier mixed-up thought now more muddled in a piece of paper?
This is where a goal setting worksheet can be proven useful. The planning, even at the earliest stage, can be properly arranged, so as to determine the general objectives from specific ones.
The general objectives can be broken down into medium-term plans, while the more specific objectives can be arranged in a descending order, starting from the most important to the least.
In a goal setting worksheet, the long-term and short-term aspect of the goal is easily recognized. From this, necessary changes are easily committed to. Even minute detail aspect of the goal planning is easily seen, giving the user an almost undivided concentration as the target information is spotted with a small amount of effort.
The worksheet can also be proved useful as a "scratch" paper. Of course it is but natural to commit some error in an earlier goal planning session. The benefit of putting down the thinking product is the easiness that it can be corrected, paraphrase, or even revised it on the spot.
This "revision" process is also very important. As people go on with their everyday chores and concerns, important things that are evolving in the process are recorded in goal setting worksheets for future review. And since goal setting worksheet is more organized, it retains this "orderliness" even when used as a scratch paper.
How wonderful that even from its infancy, the process of goal planning is already organized and arranged according to the attendees' frame of reference!
So, for the next important goal setting session, it is advisable not to settle for an ordinary paper. A professional or career goal setting process should be written on an ordinary piece of paper. And even if the goal setting process is a very personal one, a goal setting worksheet can work its wonder even in the privacy of a home.