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Identifying suitable goals is obviously an important part of personal productivity; there's little point in honing skills in the pursuit of a pointless goal.

Whilst the selection of appropriate goals is likely to be a matter of personal choice, for those who don't have an obvious vocation the selection of goals is not necessarily obvious.

Are there particular types of goal that give people greater satisfaction in the overall productivity of their lives?

Additional elaboration* There seems to be some confusion about what I am looking for.

When I say 'types of goal', imagine something broadly similar to Maslow's hierarchy of needs ( Many of the goals people say they want I consider meaningless (e.g., 'a million dollars'): does this really provide much satisfaction once basic needs are met? Often social science findings can be unituitive, for example having children does not make people happier*.

*If you think this is obvious, I recommend Duncan Watts "Everything is Obvious: *Once you know the answer" (seee New York Times review).

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What exactly are you looking for when you say particular types of goals ? – AsheeshR Jul 23 '13 at 12:13
I feel you are looking for tips/ways to improve productivity. Because a goal can be decided for known objective only. And for this, take proper relax(sleep), follow pomodoro tech, be away from external interruptions etc – Amit Gupta Jul 23 '13 at 15:06



These are how you identify prosperous goals. If they don't meet each of these requirements, they are not an effective goal.

That, though, doesn't make them anything bad. Perhaps they are an idea, or a dream. Maybe they need to be for later rather than now. But, in any case, they aren't going to increase your productivity in the now

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You are setting goals for yourself. This means that your goals, are your personal goals. This means that only you can judge the true worth of the goals.

This means that your question isn't for us to answer.

To help you judge your goals however, I can advise you to really think about your goal:

(For example purposes, goal:"To get a girlfriend")

  1. What situation(s) were the cause of your goal? (e.g "I was so lonely when my friends left me for their girlfriends!")
  2. Why do you want to achieve your goal? ("I want to share my awesome life with a girl!")
  3. What changes do you expect upon achieving your goal? ("I expect myself to be happier!")

When you can answer those questions, you'll have more conviction to achieve your goal.

(Raystafarian's reference to SMART goals... very smart.)

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