As educators in the public school system, practically everything we do is noted, measured and reviewed. The focal point of all this data is goals. Finding clear, concise and measurable goals can be hard for any teacher, much less arts teachers!
We are always in an uphill battle to make quantifiable evidence from qualitative accomplishments. How do you put the abstract understanding of art into numerical goals? It's not an easy question to answer. But we've found help in these books below.
The Magic Lamp: Goal Setting for People Who Hate Setting Goals
The whimsy of the title is what first caught my eye. Who didn't love Robin Williams in Aladdin? Silly movie references aside, this book did wonders for me. Keith Ellis puts the art of goal setting into accessible language. You don't feel like a sociologist is talking down to you - it's as if a brilliantly sympathetic friend is sharing a few tips.
Write It Down, Make It Happen
Now, I don't know about you, but if I don't write down even the smallest to-do, I completely forget. It could be as little as picking up milk on the way home. It's the simple action of jotting down the idea that helps it stick in my mind. That's the idea here: make a goal concrete by writing it, ensuring you follow through. As teachers, we have to write goals down to turn into our curriculum directors or administrators, so why not harness and hone that skill to better serve you?
The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
This is a great phase two of refining your goal setting. This book helps you understand how a goal goes from a twinkle in your eye to an actionable, achievable success. This is the exact book you need when you feel stuck staring at a to-do list on your desk.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
This title immediately got me with the "stress-free" pitch. Sometimes I feel like my life is one big universe of stress. So this is exactly what I needed. This book helps you eliminate the excessive bits of information in your goals and hone in on what really needs to get done. It also really helped me understand and appreciate delegating tasks. Sometimes you just can't do everything yourself and that's ok!
The Power of Habit
This on has become a classic for me. While it doesn't focus specifically on setting goals, it does help you see how the habitual practice of planning and doing can be immensely beneficial. There's also a slew of amazing case studies on human thought processes and how habit affects it. Who else was creeped out by the Target story?!
Have you read any of these? Or do you know of an even better book on setting and achieving your goals? Tell us in the comments!