I have a bad habit of setting up unrealistic goals for myself.
There’s nothing wrong with setting goals that stretch you, but be careful to not beat yourself up during the stretching process.
I am working on a writing project that is definitely stretching me!
The project is helping a phD candidate in an electrical engineering program turn his research into a written dissertation.
Reading the material and translating the data takes time–which means that setting realistic goals is important.
I’ve been working on this project less than a week and I’ve already logged in 5 hours.
Setting realistic goals keeps you and your project collaborators on the same page.
There’s also no shame in being honest about your limitations and potential time constraints.
I already know that having this proposal completely finished by Friday (what we agreed upon last Saturday) will not happen.
I am working diligently to get as much done as possible, but I have also communicated this fact to my employer, the student.
What I am learning as I begin this journey is that you can never go wrong in planning and goal setting by telling the truth.