Setting Goals

Another year has gone by and a new one has begun. This is the time of year that people reflect on the past and look forward to the future. Most people use this time to set new goals for themselves, so I thought that it might be fun to share how we set goals here at Designed 2 Learn. I look at goals for the team in three ways. Yearly, semesterly, and quarterly.


On our team I like to set one large goal that the team can work on throughout the year. I let this goal, more or less, define the theme of the year. For instance, this year we are reworking the training site for the department. We are working closely with other teams within the department and the university at large to ensure that it will be usable and scalable for our users.


Since we are a university, I also set goals for the semester. A lot of the work that we do is for administrative units within the university and their time frame is generally by semester so it makes sense for us to set goals based on this time frame. *example of a goal* (pass a cert, build a specific training, learn a new skill/professional development)


Every three months I meet with the team and we plan out what we will be doing for the quarter, what projects are coming up or what needs to be finished. This allows us to allocate our resources accordingly, as well as continuing to ensure our best services to the NAU community. At this meeting we also go over the yearly and semesterly goals and make adjustments to stay on target.

The important thing to remember when setting goals is that the goal must be attainable and require you the stretch. There is nothing more demotivating than having a goal that is unattainable. Another lesson I have learned about setting goals is to work with your team come up with them. They have always come up with goals that help to advance the team and allows them to move into new areas.

How do you or your team set goals? Let us know in the comments area.

Steve leads the Learning & Professional Development team, with over a decade of Instructional Design and professional development experience in higher education at Northern Arizona University.

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