In this article I will tell you why it is important to have set goals and why they should be properly defined.
The importance of goals
You should set yourself goals in order stay motivated. Having specific targets which are challenging, yet achievable, will give you something to work toward. Developing websites can sometimes be a lonely business – often there is less of the social interaction that is common in other office environments; particularly if you are working from home.
Procrastination is the curse of many web developers – myself included. Having weekly and monthly goals gives you something to aim for and should help keep you motivated and focussed.
Define your goals
For your goals to be useful, they must be specific and clearly defined.
Specific goals include the following examples:
- I want to gain 50 new incoming links by the end of the month
- I want to gain 100 new forum members each day
- I want to make $100 a day in advertising revenue
Non-specific, and consequently worthless, goals include:
- I want to be successful
- I want my site to be popular
- I want to make money
What are your goals? How often do you set yourself targets, and do you find them effective in motivating you and helping you further develop your websites?