To make sure that you and the XP are in agreement regarding your priorities
To provide you with accountability
Productivity studies show that you really can’t focus on more than 5-7 items at any one time. Don’t try to impress the XP or yourself with a long list of objectives. Also, please don’t include sections with several objectives under each section. This is a recipe for losing focus and accomplishing very little. Instead, focus on a handful of goals that you can almost repeat from memory.
your goal must be actionable. Goals that begin with a verb (e.g., “Achieve,” “Finalize,” “Complete,” etc.) tend to carry more traction
You should be able to sit down with your XP in 90 days and determine whether or not you accomplished the Goal.
Don’t attempt to do more than you can realistically accomplish in 90 days. Push yourself without compromising execution.
Since these are 90-day goals, you should began by asking yourself the question, What do I want to accomplish by October 31? or whatever the time horizon is.
it is important that they motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them.