This may seem odd to my friends who know that I work in government in the area of planning and even stranger to those who know a good part of that planning is performance measurement. Which means I know a lot about measuring inputs, outputs, outcomes, longer-term outcomes, etc. and the importance of targets, indicators, etc. Chief amongst those pieces for early tracking, more an extension of project management than corporate planning, is the concept of milestones.
Yet when it comes to personal goals, I almost never have milestones. I recognize their benefit, don’t get me wrong. They keep “projects” on track, they make sure you’re moving forward, they give you something smaller to focus on rather than just the big important goal/outcome at the end of the journey. And of course, people literally use them on trips — the various places en route that you’ll pass through or stop at en route to a larger destination. » Read the rest