We made it to the last full week of January! Time can go by so fast. A few months back I wrote about the importance of creating SMART goals. It’s been a while so I thought it would be nice to post a little refresher. Here is the exact method you need to use to accomplish all of your new year’s resolutions. Go back through and make them SMART!
The more specific you are, the easier it will be to know what needs to be done. There is a huge difference between “I want to lose weight” and “I want to lose 10 pounds by March.”
If you have a goal, but aren’t quite sure how to make it specific ask yourself a few of these questions.
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” is measurable.
Now you can easily track whether or not you are making progress.
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 what needs to happen in order to meet your goal. Set a realistic expectation for yourself.
This one is very important. You must 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, or because someone else did it, it will not be fulfilling once you accomplish it. A goal you are passionate about will be so rewarding.
Your goal should have a deadline. A goal without a deadline is just an idea. You need to set benchmarks for your goals. If your goal is “I want to save $500 by October” you can identify how much you should save per week/month to get there. Break the goal up into smaller tasks that you can measure every week.
What are some of your SMART resolutions for 2017?