SMART goals defined

How are your SMART goals defined?

What can I say about goal setting?  We have all been there with work-related goal setting when it comes to our performance reviews.  That dreaded process of setting goals to discuss with your manager for the next year, most of which are just words to fill the page and complete the task. Every year, asking yourself how are my SMART goals defined this time?

I’m not talking about that kind of goal!

I’m talking about the ones you actually want to set for yourself and want to accomplish!  The goal or goals can be related to your job, to your family, to your health, to anything.  Personally, I want to focus on some of the health changes that I have been having, as well as balancing my regular job and my business here.

SMART goals defined

Let’s look at
SMART goals defined!

* Specific
* Measurable
* Achievable
* Relevant
* Time-bound

S — I want to clean out my closet so that I can see my clothing more easily.

M — I want to eliminate 20 items from my stuff that I no longer need or use.

A — I will need to gather my supplies and set aside the time to get it done.

R — This will help streamline my morning and get me out the door faster.

T — I want to accomplish this within the next 30 days.

It also helps to envision the final result.  Right now, you’re on Island A and you want to be on Island B.

  • Island A is the state of your closet right now.  Shoes that you bought 10 years ago that you haven’t worn in 8 years; a bridesmaid’s dress you wore once in a wedding you can barely remember; and let’s not forget those Christmas bows.  How did they get in there anyway?
  • Island B is the land of color coordinated coat hangers and perfectly aligned pairs of shoes and a shelf display of handbags.  (Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration).  But Island B could realistically be the clothing you wear regularly hanging up nicely and no more digging through those bridesmaids’ dresses to find the sweater you need for work this morning.

When you imagine living on Island B, what does it look like?  What does it feel like?  Are your mornings a little easier?  Do you have a better idea what to add to your wardrobe when you go shopping?  Can you breathe just a little easier when you walk into that closet?

Once you’ve defined your SMART goals, you can keep that image to motivate you to get the goal accomplished!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the meaning of SMART goals?

The general meaning of SMART goals is to set realistic goals that can be defined, measured, and accomplished. When goals are too vague, they tend to get lost. But when you outline the terms of the goal, it becomes more real and more achievable.

What are the 5 parts of SMART?

  1. Smart
  2. Measurable
  3. Achievable
  4. Relevant
  5. Time-bound

How do you write a SMART goal?

  • Smart – The who, what, when, where, why, and which of the goal you are setting.
  • Measurable – What type of metrics will you use to measure your progress and your completion?
  • Achievable – How will you accomplish your goal? Will you need a new skill? Will you need help?
  • Relevant – How does this individual goal line up with your overall ideas and objectives?
  • Time-bound – Set a realistic time limit. If it’s a large goal, make sure to break it down into milestones.

What are some SMART goal examples?

  1. S – I want to earn a promotion at work.
  2. M – I will seek new projects and certifications.
  3. A – My boss already mentioned a possibility.
  4. R – I want to keep my career moving upward.
  5. T – I will complete the project and the certification and apply within 4 months.
  1. S – I want to lose 25 pounds.
  2. M – I’ll track of my food, exercise, and weight.
  3. A – I am in good health to start this regimen.
  4. R – I want to have more energy for activities.
  5. T – I have already RSVP-ed for my class reunion in 6 months.

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    Goal setting for the next year

    Hmmm… Goal setting for next year… I am not actually a resolutions type of person (I know, I know).  I think it can be intimidating and can end up being counterproductive when you break the resolution.  Instead, I like to set goals for myself.  If I have an off day for one of my goals, nothing is “broken” like a resolution.  Instead, I can simply try again the next day.  I think it makes me feel like my motion forward is working towards something instead of away from something.

    It helps to narrow down the focus when you first start thinking about your goals for the next year.  The easiest place to start is to look at the different parts of your life.

    Financial

    Maybe you want to work on reducing debt or building your savings account.  Are there student loans that need to be paid off?  Are your spending habits getting out of hand?  Now is the time to set your financial goals!  And it doesn’t have to be a big one — pay off one small credit card balance; save $5 a week; send the credit card company an extra $20 a month.

    Family

    Earlier this year, my mom moved from Fort Collins, Colorado to the Texas hill country.  And I am so excited to have her close by.  She’s only a three-hour drive now instead of a three-hour flight!  I’ve made a point to go visit one weekend a month since she got back to Texas.  (Of course, in February with the polar vortex, the weekend turned into eleven days but that’s another story.)

    What are your family goals?  Do you want to make it to more of your child’s soccer games?  Do you want to reconnect with the cousin that lives across the country?  Do you want to cheer on your nephew’s new football team?

    For the most part, family goals involve one thing — spending more time with them.  Whoever “them” is to you!

    Social

    I thoroughly enjoyed my book club at the public library before the pandemic, but it shut down in March of last year and has yet to resume.  (I also loved the monthly Monday night of coloring!)  But as much as I miss the activity of reading (or coloring), I greatly miss the social part as well.

    We recently visited the Dallas Arboretum with friends, and it was so much fun to walk and talk and laugh.  Zoom was a great way to stay in touch when necessary, but I think we’ve all missed the human connection.  It just isn’t the same over the computer screen.

    Do you have social goals for next year?  Join a new group?  Set up monthly dinner dates with your friends?  Try a new skill through a continuing education class?

    Decluttering

    Decluttering is always a goal for me.  I don’t know how it happens, but I will take a bundle of items to Goodwill and then *poof* something happens and my tee shirts have reproduced in my closet.  And let’s be honest, that really gets out of control at the holiday time.

    There are studies that show clutter can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol.  Being disorganized can also make it harder to maintain your focus.

    ~ WebMD

    Health and Self-Care

    About a month ago, a blood test at my doctor’s office confirmed something that I already suspected, that there are some changes going on in my physical health.  So personally, my primary health goal for next year is to learn more about this and some alternatives to the standard treatments that I am not able to use.

    On a related note, I think my self-care goals will include trying to get back into yoga and trying to tame the frizz in my hair!

    Health and self-care have taken such a winding road in the last couple of years.  They’ve taken a beating with all the ups and downs and emotional strain; but they’ve also become quitter the spotlight topics for many people.

    So what do you want to focus on for your health and self-care?  Exercise more regularly?  Eat more fruits and vegetables?  Get haircuts at the “recommended” six-week intervals?  Ultimately, make sure that your health and self-care goals make you feel like the best you that you can be.  It is essential for meeting any other goals you will set!



    I hope this makes you think about getting ready for goal setting for the next year!