Best Self Thursday: Vague and Concrete Goals


I gave myself really specific goals for a lot of my first 6 weeks of the Best Self Journal, and in so doing I found myself being incredibly productive on very specific, concrete projects. I was able to meet deadlines, get things graded, and have positive encounters with family and friends. However, as I wrote about earlier this week, I’m hitting some undesignated time in my schedule; not ‘free’ time, since things still have to get done, but definitely less structured and with fewer things due on specific days. It’s more like everything must be done before my departure for holiday travel.

For that reason, I’ve split up my daily goal section into a concrete and a vague goal for each day; one is about a task and one is about an attitude. Sure, I still have my “targets” section, which is always brimming with concrete tasks, but if I have one particular thing I’d like put to rest by the end of the day, it can get top billing in the goal.

Today, for instance, I want to get a little bit less flighty (settle down) and a little more rapid in my task completion (speed up). Some days, I’m sluggish and still slogging through work, but today I feel the opposite: amped up, ready to go, but somehow still not getting things done at any kind of speed. We all have those days!

My concrete goal is actually one that can be split up over a few different attempts (30 minutes, for instance, to sort the dreaded stack of papers, 10 minutes to create new folders I need, and 10 minutes to actually file everything? Maybe too optimistic…) but I really want it done before I walk out of the office. I’m even bribing myself a little by planning to go to a networking meet-and-greet this evening if I can just get a few things done today!

Do you prefer vague, concrete, or a mixture of goals?

4 Comments, RSS

  1. jackcollier7 December 14, 2017 @ 4:23 pm

    I think all goals should be very specific and measurable. But that’s just me.

  2. Encore Voyage December 14, 2017 @ 5:11 pm

    Oooh, I like that idea! Each morning, in my gratitude journal, I include a section: “Today, better than yesterday…” Usually, it’s some type of goal for the day, but I really like the idea of including both a vague and a concrete goal – Thanks for the idea! ~ Lynn

  3. E R Kendrich December 15, 2017 @ 6:42 pm

    Great idea – I think it’s helpful to have some vague goals.

  4. Cindy Anderson December 17, 2017 @ 2:34 pm

    I like concrete goals. 🙂

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