How often do you set goals and find it difficult to complete them, never find the time to do them, or forget about them completely?
Do you still have that incomplete To Do List from last month sitting on your desk? You might even be a motivated and active person, but still have trouble running all those errands.
Not to worry; we all let tasks fall by the way side every now and again. But what if I told you that it wasn’t because you are forgetful, too busy, or that you procrastinate?
What if I told you that you’re setting your goals, well, wrong?
This is where the S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting framework comes in handy.
Sometimes jotting a reminder for yourself on the notepad that you never look at is not enough. Sometimes more careful planning is needed to ensure you complete those all-important To Do Lists, errands, and even New Year’s Resolutions.
Let me introduce you to S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting.
The S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting framework stands for:
- Realistic; and
S is for Specific
When setting goals or that New Year’s Resolution, make sure that you are specific.
An easy way to do this is to write down all the details of your goals, including the what, how, when, where, and why, (and the who if you’ve made a joint resolution, or have someone checking in on you).
Read about the importance of creating liability when goal-setting in my previous post, Keeping a New Year’s Resolution.
For example, wanting to “lose weight” is ambiguous, whereas wanting to “lose 10kg before that important work meeting in two months so I can wear that great skirt I bought” is more specific.
- Who is involved?
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Where will I accomplish it?
- Why do I want to accomplish this?
- How will I accomplish it?
Images sourced from:
The Executive Corner. 2013. “Target.” Image. Accessed January 7, 2015. http://theexecutivecorner.com/blog/?p=67.
Valley Financial. 2013. “S.M.A.R.T. Goals.” Image. Accessed January 7, 2015. http://www.valleyfinancial.net.au/2013/08/07/smart-goals/.