SLP Goal Series - September 2016
REALLY? More Goals?
I hear many SLPs express concerns with their goal writing. Is the goal clear? Measurable? Objective? - You know the rest.
What about us? Do we need goals? I don't know many SLPs that create SMART goals for themselves. I don't. The goals I write for myself typically sound something like:
Then life happens. I get too busy and neglect to change anything in order to get better at paperwork. I may even forget about the goal and find it a few months later in a document on my computer or a post-it!
Why do it?
Put blatantly: It makes you better.
Goal setting for SLPs is as important as our students knowing their goals. It motivates us, it makes us accountable, and it boosts our self-esteem/self-image. It's a great feeling to see your hard-work come to fruition. It creates a positive mindset that will transfer to students. Students like to know you have goals too! When our goals are clear, obtainable, and include facts (data) we can truly see an objective improvement!
This year I am challenging myself to be serious about goal setting. When I was in graduate school, I had a supervisor that made monthly goals for herself.
She knew what she was doing.
Monthly goals, for me, are more achievable. They're long enough that you can create/implement a change, yet they're short enough that it doesn't feel too demanding or overwhelming.
Keep in mind these are goals are for myself/yourself. You don't have to share them with anyone, and no one is going to critique you. They don't have to be perfectly written. For example, sometimes goals can be hard to measure. When this happens, just identify some baselines and try to improve the data. - You don't need a perfectly written goal.
By 10/2016, Adam will manage his paperwork in a more efficient manner by consistently using an organizational system that targets completion of daily reports (data tracking), Medicaid billing, and writing thorough and clear Annual IEPs.
More Efficient Manner?
I use a free app/website called Toggl (Toggl.com) to track my time spent at work. I like having this data available to see where my time goes and to have a time-log for administrators. I pulled data from May 2016 to use as initial baselines.
Monthly Daily reporting: 3 Hours 30 Minutes, (210 Minutes)
Monthly Medicaid: 2 Hours 30 Minutes, (150 Minutes)
Monthly Writing Annual IEPs: 1 hour 12 Minutes, (72 Minutes) (each)
By October (10/2016), I'd like to complete daily billing/logging in 5 Hours (300 minutes). That's just 15 minutes per day. I'm combing daily reporting and Medicaid billing to be more efficient. Why not get them both done at the same time?
I'd like to write Annual IEPs in an hour (60 minutes).
I plan to continue using my "real-time" paper-based data tracking system, but at the end of the day I will input the paper data into an app called "Percentally Pro 2" (this app is amazing, 5 Essential Apps for SLPs (2016-2017)).
At the end of the day, I'm tired and the last thing I want to do is bill. I know myself, and I will quickly burn out on that as a daily task. I am planning to bill on a weekly basis by exporting data from "Percentally Pro 2" to my email and from there straight to the Medicaid notes.
I'd like to be able to write Annual IEPs in an hour (60 minutes). I hope to obtain this time by creating a checklist that includes required information needed for Annual IEPs. I will also write "generic" phrases that I can easily manipulate to make each IEP individualized. This will speed up the writing and typing.