Set and stick to your 2021 goals with help from Adobe Acrobat

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By Adobe Document Cloud Team

Posted on 01-15-2021

Plan for success in 2021 with SMART goals

2020 has been a year unlike any other, forcing individuals and businesses to make major adjustments to their plans, priorities, and expectations. A lot has felt out of our control this year, but by getting a head start on New Year’s goals for 2021, you can set yourself up for success in the months ahead - and Adobe Acrobat online tools can help.

Looking back at 2020, are there things you wished you had done differently? Is there a not-so-great habit that consistently got in your way or kept you from achieving your best? A relationship or skill you could have strengthened? A project you wanted to complete, but didn’t quite get to? We all fall short of our own expectations at times, and the end of the year is a great time to reflect and recognize that every new year is a new opportunity for personal and professional growth. This year, set yourself up for greater growth, productivity, and success by setting and tracking your New Year’s goals.

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How to set SMARTER goals

We all know the feeling of working towards a goal only to realize that it’s less critical, attainable, or helpful than we initially imagined. Whether you’re making New Year’s goals for yourself or your business, they should set you up for success, not disappointment. To ensure your success in the coming year, try using the SMARTER goal-setting framework.

With this framework in mind, you’re ready to start setting and working towards your goals.

Personal goals for a fulfilling and productive year

We all have a habit we’re trying to quit or a hobby we wish we could spend more time on. In 2021, set SMART personal New Year’s goals to make 2021 your most successful and fulfilling year yet.

Small business goals to spur growth

For small business owners, the hustle never stops. But the new year is a great time to slow down and take stock of where your business is and where it needs to go. Whatever business you’re in, setting SMARTER goals will help your business grow and succeed in the coming year.

How to stick to your goals in 2021

As everyone who has ever set a New Year’s resolution knows, they can be much harder to stick to than you think. To avoid the discouragement of not meeting your goals, you should first check them against the SMARTER framework to make sure they have the needed attributes for success. Then, make a plan to hold yourself accountable by formalizing and organizing your goals.

Formalize your goals

One of the most important steps when working towards a goal is to formalize it by checking it against the SMARTER framework, making any necessary adjustments, and then writing it down. By putting your goals on paper, you can more easily refer back to them to hold yourself accountable and gauge your progress.

To make your goals feel even more official, instead of just writing them by hand in a notebook or journal, try creating a 2021 goal tracker. Post a neatly-printed page with all of your goals in a place you’re sure to see it every day. If you want even greater accountability, try sharing your goals on social media using an Adobe Spark page. By telling your friends and followers what you’re working towards, they can help you see it through.

Organize your goals

In addition to formalizing your goals to hold yourself accountable, you should organize them. You can organize different goals by priority to decide which ones to tackle first, as well as break each goal down into smaller sub-goals. This approach will help you see your progress more clearly and provide a roadmap for overall success.

Adobe Acrobat offers all the tools you need to organize your goals, sub-goals, and progress. Create a PDF of your goals if you have an Acrobat subscription, or try the Acrobat Convert to PDF tool to create a PDF from an existing document. You can also take advantage of a free, seven-day trial of Adobe Acrobat DC to convert an unlimited number of files to PDF.

As you make progress, cross off or add to your goals. If your goals involve friends, family members, or coworkers in your business, you could also consider creating a New Year’s resolution “contract.” When you have it ready, try the Acrobat Request Signatures tool to send it to them for signing. This way, everyone can be held accountable to reach the agreed-upon goal over the course of the year.

The best year yet

Whatever 2021 brings, start the new year armed with SMART goals that will help you reach new heights both personally and professionally. And be sure to also take advantage of Acrobat tools to make your document work quick and painless.

Topics: Insights & Inspiration, Future of Work, Productivity, Document Cloud, New Year New You

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