Importance of written goals
Written goals add to clarity – of your own. The process of goal setting allows you to consider your current situation and make a realistic assessment of what can be achieved.
Writing your goals and plans forces you to clarify and crystallize your thinking. It also gives a greater sense of sanctity as compared to just a verbal understanding. Definite results. Indefinite plans, in contrast, produce little or no results.
You should always know what to do next goals and plans are committed to writing. Written goals setting and planning provides a strong sense of direction to keep you focused on the most important activities. It serves as a filter to eliminate extraneous demands.
Conflict between your stated priorities and real use of time by you becomes obvious more easily.
Written goals and plans bring to life order, meaning, and purpose that sustain interest and motivation over a long period of time.
Everyone can visualize future results more easily and clearly. You should believe more strongly in the possibility of success and become more motivated to reach the goals.
Stated goals and plans also provide the basis for measuring progress.
Goal must be SMART i.e. they must have the following: Smart, Measurable, Acceptable, Realistic, Time-bound.
However, stating the goals and plans in writing is not the end of the story.