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Putting the goal before your work: handout


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Most of us have heard the phrase “plan your work and work your plan,” often in a moment of despair when we wonder what to do next. The conundrum of what to do next is due to fuzzy goals. This working session will begin information on goal setting, which is that upfront work needed before you plan. There will then be time/structure for participants to develop their goals (personal or organizational) and the outcomes that go with them. In other words, what do you want or need to achieve, and how will others (i.e., your boss) know that you have achieved them? What (broad or specific) steps do you need to consider, in order to get from start to finish?

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Putting the goal before your work: handout

  1. 1. Jill Hurst-Wahl, @Jill_HW April 13, 2018 Syracuse University Upstate SLA Chapter Spring Conference Putting the Goal before Your Work We often carry our TO-DO LIST in our head. If any to-do’s occur to you, please get them out of your head and onto paper, so your mind is free to work on this exercise. You can place them here. Describe one GOAL that you want to achieve. What specific words define the goal? Why is this goal meaningful? How might someone know it has been completed? Can it be accomplished? What needs to occur so it can be accomplished? How is this goal relevant? To whom is it relevant? When does this goal need to be completed? What needs to occur before you can begin to work on this goal? (pre-work) What steps need to occur in order to reach the goal? (use back of page, too)