Why You Need To Set Down-Time Goals


You’ve been diligent at creating goals for your organization, your team, and yourself.

You have laid out objectives for people development, and your own leadership development.

That’s all well and good, but have you neglected another set of goals, one that rounds out the whole person you’re trying to become?

Have you set goals for the non-work, or down-time portions of your life?

We sometimes get so focused on our career and leadership lives that we forget the other areas that enrich and give balance to who we are and what we’re trying to achieve.

Here are some examples of setting down-time goals:

  • What is your goal for family time?
  • How are you helping your kids/grandkids in their school or activities?
  • How many lessons of Spanish are you learning this week?
  • What times of the day are you setting aside for meditating, planning, and solitude?
  • Who in your family or friends circles are you connecting and encouraging?
  • What leisure pursuit (golf, movie, game night at home) are you planning to reward your work week with?
  • What book are you reading? Not a leadership book, but a biography, a classic literature, a good fiction, or light reading?
  • How many times are you walking your dogs around the neighborhood this week?

Setting goals in this way doesn’t have to be complicated or burdensome. You can plan in detail or keep it simple. You can even place one activity in your calendar each day such as Monday (dogs), Tuesday (spouse date), Friday (movie), Saturday (call sister/read 1 hour).

By laying out objectives for your discretionary down-time, it will help round you out as a person, bring some balance to your life, and keep yourself grounded. You will get excited for these times, and steal back some time that would be consumed with work-related activities, busy (non-productive) tasks, or just frittered away.

Round out your goals, and your life. Actively pursue the other areas of yourself. Make them as important as your professional goals and you’ll be amazed the overall results.

How do you set goals for the other areas of your life? Share them with us below!!

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About Paul LaRue

My goal - To encourage you to lead & influence others with positive impact.

Posted on June.21.2015, in Leadership. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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