A simple strategy to meet your goals more often
The good, better, and best goal-setting method
Academics are often people who hold themselves to high standards. One of the ways to do this is to create big goals for ourselves. We believe that in order to meet our high standards, we must also achieve our lofty goals. At the same time, many of us struggle from day to day to meet those goals and begin to doubt that we are doing enough to achieve what we desire for ourselves.
There are two primary challenges here. Firstly, our numerous responsibilities often clash with our writing and research ambitions. Secondly, our lofty aspirations can lead to feelings of failure when we don't meet them consistently. This cycle can deter us from accomplishing our objectives, making us believe we need significant leaps in our research to make any progress at all.
To strike a balance between ambitious and achievable goals, one effective strategy is the "good, better, best" goal-setting approach. I’d like to thank Erin from the PNP Writing Circle community for introducing this idea to me and Devon for adding that she makes them SMART goals as well. I find it such a nice way to manage aspirations with achievability.
Here’s the basic idea: