Often times we set goals for ourselves and then never get around to accomplishing them. I know the struggle. You set new year’s resolutions but your busy schedule takes over and 9 months later you’ve forgotten all about them. It can be hard to stick to something when you have so much else to do, but it doesn’t have to be. All you need is a plan that will get you to your goals quickly and efficiently. You need the busy gal’s guide to accomplishing goals.
The key to accomplishing goals you set is to make them SMART. This is a concept I learned in school while I was getting my public relations degree. It has done wonders for me and I am sharing it with you in hopes it will help you too.
All you have to do is set SMART goals:
The more specific you are, the clearer it will be to know what you have to do to get there. There is a huge difference between “I want to lose weight” and “I want to lose 10 pounds by December, by cooking meals at home instead of eating out.”
If you have a goal, but aren’t quite sure how to make it specific ask yourself the 5 W’s and 1 H.
What are you trying to achieve?
When would you like to have this done?
Why are you setting this goal?
Where are you trying to end up?
Who are you doing this for?
How will you make this happen?
The easiest way to make a goal measurable is by attaching concrete numbers to it. For example, “Eat healthier” is not a measurable goal. “Improve my health by cooking 3 meals a week and only eating fast food 2 times a week” is measurable.
Now you can easily track your progress and know if you are falling behind or not.
With this step, you want to make sure the goal you set is realistic. “I would like to become a New York Times Best-Selling Author by the end of the week” is not a realistic goal. Consider the time, effort, and money your goal will take to accomplish. Think about where you are and everything you need to do to meet your goal. Plan smartly, and set a realistic expectation for yourself.
This one is very important. Make sure your goal is relevant. An easy way to figure this one out is to jump back up to the “Specific” category and look over what you wrote for Why. If you are setting a goal because you think you should, or because it’s expected of you, it will not be as fulfilling once you do accomplish it. Accomplishing goals you are passionate about will be so much more rewarding.
Your goal should have a deadline. A goal without a deadline is just an idea. Set benchmarks for your goals. If your goal is “I want to learn to play the violin” you can practice a few times a month until eventually it gets put on the back burner. If your goal is “I would like to play Fanfare Minuet on the violin by October” you can identify small steps to take that will get you there by your deadline. Break the goal up into smaller tasks that you can tackle every day and measure every week.
What SMART goals will you be setting this month?