With the new year just starting I thought I would help everyone out by creating a little template to help you with your New Year’s Goals.
We all know that keeping New Year’s Resolutions are hard, but maybe part of the problem is we are not properly outlining what we want? So this printable guide is to help you work through specifically detailing your goals using the SMART acronym.
SMART is an acronym built to help you with your goals. This is what SMART stands for –
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Timeline
By breaking down your goal into each letter you can develop your goal a little more for even better follow through. By being specific you are breaking down what exactly you want to accomplish this year. The goal is to narrow it down to as few words as possible.
You also want your goal to be measurable. For instance if you want to lose weight you would measure your goal in weight or in inches. However say you want to become more organized how would measure that? Well, you could measure organization by how often clean, you could rate yourself weekly on how organized you were, or you could have your friends keep checking your progress to make sure that you are doing what you said. Measuring is an important part of a SMART goal because it helps keep you accountable and more likely to succeed.
While you are making this goal you may be realizing that while you are trying to find ways that you can measure your goals that you may not have all the tools needed to succeed. This is when you need to consider if you have what it takes to make your goal. By this I mean do you have the right resources and tools to accomplish your goal. If you goal is to go back to school and finish your education do you have funds to pay for your education, do you have the basic computer literary skills that will help you succeed, or the basic know how with Microsoft or typing? If you don’t have the resources you have you can break down your goal into mini goals in order to accomplish your main one. So again if your main goal is to go back to school but you don’t have the money at the moment you can break down your goal. One to earn enough money to go to school, two learn the basic computer skills that the average college student knows, and then pick up free courses online to have a competitive edge. Sometimes by not having what you need can help you prepare for when you do have the resources and give you more time to think of what you want.
You also want to make sure that your goals are realistic. Sometimes when we start making goals we dream so big we lose touch of the ground. It’s important to make sure that we are making sure that our dream our realistic. If they are a little unrealistic then it’s time to relevant them. There’s nothing wrong with aiming for the stars, however if they just be okay without making them all the way.
Lastly, making a timeline is so important when it comes to goal setting. This part of goal making goes along with measuring. If you are trying to lose weight, when is weigh in day and how often? If you are like me and starting a blog how often are you posting? Making sure you have a timeline to how often you want to check in on your goal and when you would like to complete it by. This helps keep you accountable which helps you become more likely to succeed.
To help prepare for the New Year I made a printable to make things easier. This will walk you through SMART goal planning. Click Here to download the printable