HubPage Goals for 2009

How to Make Goals You Can Keep

In 2009, I have decided on a couple of goals related to my HubPages and I'll share with you how I plan to keep these goals. I use something called the SMART process to make goals that I can be kept.

My HubPage Goals - I have 4 goals related to my HubPages

  1. I will have 50 Hubs by the end of 2009
  2. I will have an Expert Rating by the end of 2009
  3. I will learn HTML 2009 and build hub pages that include images, graphs and other visually stimulated content to enhance the reading experience of my viewers.
  4. I will have traffic of at least 100 views per day by the end of 2009

What are SMART Goals? - SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Generally speaking this means the goals have to have some meat to them, be within realistic reach and have a time limit on them. It was introduced to me by a business adviser some years ago and I've never forgotten it. Somehow the first of every year it comes back to me and I make a new set of goals. Here's how I use the process.

The best way for me to explain this is by example. Take my first goal. 50 hubs is a Specific number of hubs. Because it is a specific number, I can Measure the number of hubs I've written. I can also determine both when I reach the goal as well as my progress in getting there. It is both Attainable because I have written and published hubs before and Realistic because it means writing less than 1 hub per week. The difference is subtle between attainable and realistic but one is related to skills/capacity/abilities. The other has the reality factor. You may have the skills but if it is too lofty you will not get there. Finally there is a Time limit, by the end of 2009.

Not so SMART Goals - Keeping with the first goal of 50 hubs by the end of the year, if I had said I'm going to write 50 hubs a month, given the time it takes to write a hub, this fails the test because it is not likely Realistic to write that much.

If I had said my goal is to write a hub in Japanese, the first thing I'd have to do is to learn Japanese! Next I'd have to learn how to write it in Japanese before I could publish it on a HubPage. Since I have no knowledge of Japanese and HubPages are not meant to be written in Japanese is not an Attainable goal.

If I just said I'm going to write more in 2009 then how much is more? 1 page? 10 pages? More of what? Now more is Measurable because technically more is 1 page but this fails the test because this is not Specific about how much more... and so on, you get the picture.

Why SMART Goals? - I don't know who developed the process or the technique of SMART goals but I wish I could thank him/her. If you decide not to go after your goals, it is a choice you have made not because you later decide that it wasn't a good goal or you find some other 'loophole'! SMART goals remove all the ambiguity (thus the loopholes!) that come with other types of goals.

This is what works for me so, tell me your 2009 SMART Hub Goals and let's make 2009 a banner year together!

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Ryan Hupfer 7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

Great goals, Tom! Here's to a very successful 2009. :)


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sheenarobins 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Wow! Way to go for 2009!


Debbie 7 years ago

Oh boy! do I have plenty of goals. But I am "realistic". I do not set unrealistic goals for myself because I know that they would not be "attainable". The "smart" thing to do is to "measure" the amount you believe you can achieve with "specific" ideas in a reasonable amount of "time"! I don't know where to begin? It depends on what areas inwhich I work on. I have a lot of things to focus on, the problem is the research and the timing! Who do I speak to and who do I trust? This applies to most of the goals I need to meet. I gave myself ample time and learn that if things don't work out I don't beat myself up for it, I just move on. Grace and peace to you, Thank you for your insight.


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sherrylou57 6 years ago from Riverside

We all set our goals, and to keep focused on what we are reaching for. 2010 and we are coming into fall, I love the harvest season. Be blessed!

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