As we make our resolutions for the New Year, remember to make them smart. Smart goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. Goals that don’t meet those criteria are harder to keep.
Goals need to be specific. Losing weight would not be a specific goal. Losing 25 pounds would be an example of a specific goal. By having a specific goal, you are able to do the rest of the smart mnemonic.
The next thing a goal needs to be is measurable. If it can’t be measured, how will you know when you reach it? Using the above example of loosing 25 pounds, the first thing you would want to do is to weigh yourself when setting your goal. This gives you the baseline for measuring your goal.
Next, the goal should be attainable. Is the goal really something you can achieve? If it isn’t, try to break it down into smaller goals or re-evaluate.
Is your goal relevant to you or your situation? If the goal isn’t relevant, you will struggle with trying to achieve it. It is hard enough trying to achieve goals that are relevant to your life, much less one that you don’t see as relevant.
Finally, the goal should be time-bound. It should have an end date for achievement. This will keep you on track towards achieving your goal. If a goal is open ended, you will take longer than necessary to achieve the goal and you won’t be able to move on to new goals.
Have a Happy New Year and I hope you achieve all goals next year!