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These 5 mistakes in goal-setting can make a project too costly

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Set goals rather than making resolutions. But, avoid these mistakes in goal setting so that a project does not become too costly.

Many of us started 2021 by setting goals for our health, and career, among other important things. But, as we enter the 9th month of the year, we might have realized that several of those goals have not been achieved.

I am not saying that you should not set goals to live a better and happier life. In fact, I would recommend you to set goals rather than make resolutions which are easily broken.

A resolution is set in stone, whereas goal setting is changeable, as you start with a small step and increase as you get accustomed to the change.

But, there are several mistakes you should avoid during goal setting. Making blunders during the goal-setting process might backfire and discourage you.

Given below are five crucial mistakes you must avoid when you’ll set goals for 2022 or even for any other project. Yes, the same applies to project management as committing these mistakes can make the project too costly.

1. There are no deadlines.

Without a timetable, it’s all too easy for a goal to slip by the wayside. The most prevalent mistake is that people do not set timelines for their goals.

Without a deadline, it’s just a fantasy, a notion.We must build urgency and work against the clock, and there must be a penalty for failing to meet the goal.

Examine your objectives. Are these items you wish to complete by the end of next year? Or are there certain goals on the list that will almost certainly be completed before the middle of the year? Estimating how much time you’ll give yourself to complete your various goals can help you stay focused on the finish line.

2. Trying to achieve it all in one go

Trying to do too much at once is a sure formula for failure. Instead of attempting to achieve everything and exhausting yourself, you should employ an approach known as one big goal per category of your life.

Begin with a limited set of goals and then add to them as they are completed. Imagine how different your life would be at the end of the year if you could just accomplish four goals.

3. There is no responsibility.

Accountability is classified into three types: self-responsibility (telling yourself that you’re going to do something), coach accountability (hiring a coach to work with you), and public or peer responsibility. The most crucial is peer responsibility, which is discussing your goals with individuals you don’t want to disappoint. The most effective technique to make objectives is to tell a best friend or someone you don’t want to disappoint.

Setting goals without incorporating systems for responsibility is a mistake you should avoid if you want to be successful.

4. Lack of being well-rounded

When defining goals, it is critical to prioritise well-roundedness above single-mindedness. He explains that you don’t want to be a one-dimensional human being. Consider what you want to focus on in the coming year, from health and fitness to job and relationships. Also, avoid the trap of focusing on one area at the expense of others.

5. Being overly conceptual

Don’t make the mistake of being overly general or abstract. Starting with broad aspirations is a fantastic way to gain clarity about what you want to accomplish in the coming year, but don’t stop there. People who claim, “I want to be more mindful,” must follow through with a concrete action.

What form of measurable result would allow you to determine whether you successfully reached a goal in an instant?

Take a minute to consider your goals and whether they are concrete and straightforward to track and measure, or whether they need be fleshed out a little more.

Avoiding the above mistakes in goal-setting can help you realize the goals that you had set at the start of a year. It can also help you win respect among your peers and complete a project within the budget you had set for it. 

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