Developing Your Goals
So you’ve defined your basic project goals; do you need short- and long-term goals? Isn’t the outcome of any project just figuring out how to get from point A to point B? Unfortunately, even a small project such as deciding how to recycle paper at your office can include initial goals, sub-goals, and goals to work on now as well as later. All of these require good time management skills.
An example of a sub-goal might be in the resources area of your project goals. While you know you will need vendors for defined materials or supplies, which vendor will you choose? A sub-goal is finding the right vendor or supplier. So indeed, you do need to define and write sub-goals.
If we use our recycling of paper project example, you have your initial goals, and perhaps a sub-goal would be which vendor you will choose to provide needed recycling bins, but what about goals over the short and long course of the project?
A short-term goal might be listed as, “By the end of assigned period, every office will have paper recycling bins." A long-term goal could be making your organization a recycling center for an entire office building, “By the end of assigned period, every company within our office building will have easy drop off or pick up paper recycling services."
Initially, the short-term goal of placing recycling bins in every office can be relatively simple, once the sub-goal of the correct supplier of those bins has been selected. Your long-term goal of inviting or enticing every company in your office building to join in your green efforts may take longer and require a more in-depth action plan.
In order for your projects to get from point A to point B, you do need to develop good writing skills for project goals. First define main goals, then evaluate sub-goals, and finally include both short- and long-term goals to ensure timely project deliverables.