Goal Awaits Game - Essaouira, Morocco
I recently finished the module on goals for the Steal This Process Course, so I was intrigued when I stumbled across this article.  This guy swears by 90 day goals. He used to set up six months goals but then found he would only get started 90 days before the time limit was up.

It’s true, we all work better with a deadline. I set yearly goals, and while it is a lengthy time frame, if you set up regular review points, you’ll always keep your goals top of mind and hopefully be executing against them. So far this approach has worked well for me.

Here’s where goals with a shorter timeline appeal: for personal goals that involve eliminating or implementing consistent behaviors (ex. stop smoking, go to yoga once a week, etc.) The short timeline makes them feel doable and there aren’t a lot of dependencies. You either stop or start doing something, the end.

But for business goals, three months feels frantic. Coming up with three goals every quarter? That would be  twelve goals a year. I don’t even want to think about how many projects that would generate.

After reading the article I admit I did set a goal to go running 3x a week starting in September through November. Let’s see how it goes.

What do you think? 90 days too short? A year too long? What timeline feels right to you?

Image by AG Gilmore