How big are your goals?

Is that even an appropriate question to ask?

Sorry if it comes across like I am judging you, that's really not my intention.

But up until recently, I only had one professional goal. (And no personal ones)

This was to be able to say 'no' to any project I didn't want to do.

That's all well and good from a 'creative' point of view, but it doesn't really give a focused direction, does it?

The unpredictable nature of the world around us means that even the best-laid plans will need to be malleable.

This has always been my excuse not to plan too far into the future. Because... What's the point, eh?! And spontaneity is far more fun.

Recently, though, I've learned that a plan doesn't have to be a rigid and restrictive - It can be a loose framework to give direction and help keep you moving in the right direction.

It's more than a carrot at the end of the proverbial stick.

You could call it gamification if you like. Or you could call it good old-fashioned business planning and metrics... But as they say, 'That which is measured improves.'

So setting measurable and reachable goals is probably a wise idea.

With this in mind, I have set myself 3 goals.

- One for 12 weeks
- One for 12 months
- And one for 12 years

I've got these written down somewhere I'll see them every single day.

They're kind of like a visual affirmation.

Let's see how this goes...