After all, who would go on a hike into uncharted territory without a map?
In order to achieve our goals, it’s quite similar to a map, as most of our goals are in uncharted territory.
We need to have something to strive towards so that we know where we’re going, and how much progress we’re making.
And that’s why the 3×3 Goals Sheet is so important.
This sheet is for anyone who wants to succeed and do well. We create it so that we can keep each other accountable to our progress.
There are three categories for us to improve in: personal, physical, and professional.
And all of these are connected in some way.
Because if we don’t strive to be healthy, our personal and professional life may suffer in some way. And if we don’t enjoy our job, it will most likely affect our personal life.
And for our goals within these categories, we need to follow the SMART Goals acronym.
S: Specific. Are your goals specific enough?
Avoid having generalized goals, such as, “I want to be a better employee.” This is where you specify HOW you want to be a better employee. Like, “I want to communicate clearly to my team members.”
M: Measurable. Can we measure our goal’s progress?
With our last example, you could set it up like this: “I want to communicate clearly to my team members at least 95% of the time.”
Do you see how you can measure your specific goal?
A: Attainable. Is your goal too easy or too hard?
Be sure that your goals aren’t too easy, but not too difficult.
When you set goals that are too easy, you’ll find that you’re not as motivated or challenged.
If your goals are too difficult, you may find yourself getting frustrated over what little progress you’re making.
That’s why having a goal that’s between is preferred. You’ll have the right amount of challenge, but also having the capability to complete it.
R: Relevant. Are you interested in your goal?
If your goal isn’t something you enjoy, you may be tempted to slack on the quality of work.
However, if your goals are related to your interests, you’ll increase your chances of completing them successfully.
T: Time-bound. What timeframe do you want to complete your goal by?
If your goals aren’t given a deadline, it makes it much more difficult to complete the task. This is where procrastination sets in, and procrastination is the killer of productivity.
You can also define them as Short Term, Medium Term, and Long Term (with Long-Term being divided into 5 years and 20 years).
And when we complete our goals within this framework, you can see your progress and feel more confident and satisfied in your life.
And you’re not completing these goals by yourself, as everyone in the company has goals that they are striving to complete!
For example, on the sheet within the personal category, you can set goals according to your relationships, financial state, or personal desires.
In the physical category you can have goals relating to working out, running races and staying active.
In the professional category, goals can relate to progress within the company as well as positively impacting others, such as teaching and leading others on topics you’re passionate about.
All of these goals should relate to something that you care about dearly and something you want to complete.
So what goals do you have?
I encourage you to fill out this 3X3 Goals Sheet and update it every 3 months so that you can be proactive and focused on what you want to work on.