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What is... goaled?

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Goals help you prioritise your work, think more clearly and streamline your efforts.

In the craziness of office life, facing the challenges working in a local government department, enhancing community life, delivering best value and making sure you have a clean pair of socks on every day, it may sometimes seem as if you have so little time that there is no space for proper words.

This feeling may overwhelm you, in particular, when you look at all the targets and goals that you are meant to be working to, and which your team is perhaps not as focused on as it might be. At this point, it makes more sense to get a cup of coffee than it does to tell anyone you are ‘goaled’ with anything. In fact, if you find yourself saying ‘goaled’ a short holiday is advisable as soon as possible. The noun-to-verb jargon format is finally threatening your sanity.

Let’s be clear about this: a goal is a noun and should stay that way. In its pure form, it is something that Wayne Rooney aims at and, less interestingly, an end point or desirable outcome that helps you organise your efforts.

Goals help you prioritise your work, think more clearly and streamline your efforts. Being ‘goaled’ can accomplish none of these things, as you have lost the power of coherent thought or speech.

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