Happy new year!
Now that all the holiday craziness is over (anyone else exhausted, but also sad that the lights are starting to come down?), you may be feeling like it’s the right time to reflect, refocus and reevaluate for 2018.
New Year’s resolutions can be daunting. Full of hope and promise at the start, and then you miss a workout in the morning because you realize you’ve only been getting four hours of sleep. Eating is practically exercising, right?
Well, we’re here to help create realistic, achievable goals – and provide the plan to lay it out.
When making a goal, it’s best to be SMART about it. “SMART” meaning:
- Specific – What do you want to improve? Be specific.
- Measurable – Make a goal that you can easily measure your progress.
- Assignable – Who will do what task in this goal? Probably you!
- Realistic – Be realistic about the goals and the results that will be achieved.
- Time-related – Give yourself a reasonable amount of time to acheive these goals.
SMART goals go way back — they’re attributed to a November 1981 issue of Management Review that contained the article There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives, by George T. Doran — and continue to be effective today beyond the business world.
Write it down.
Or type it up. But, at least record your goals somewhere that is easily seen every day. By writing down your goals, you can both reference and be accountable for them.
Want to “be healthier”? What does that mean to you? How will you be healthier? If that means more exercise, where will you exercise and when? And, for how long? What’s something measurable that you can include to help you to know you’re achieving your goal?
Split your goals into categories or priorities such as education, fitness, health, relationships, spiritual or adventures/travel.
Try to focus on one at a time.
So you want to learn a new language, exercise five days a week for 30 minutes, go for a hike once a week, drink one smoothie per day, finish grad school, travel to three foreign countries, read for an hour a day, and spend more time with your friends and family? You totally have our support! But try to pace yourself. Attempting to achieve all goals in the first month of the year might result in a burn-out or a feeling of defeat where you give up on all of them.
Next day focus.
You made a resolution to work out five days a week, but this week you only worked out four. Give up while you still can? No! You’ve got a new day, another week ahead. Just refocus and do your best to reach your goal.
Do seasonal check-ins.
We recommend after setting your goals to make calendar reminders each season to check them and adjust what may be needed.
You don’t need to do this alone. Have your family and friends join in by making their own resolutions, and make some goals together. It’s always good to have something to work toward together.
See yourself achieving.
Imagine what it would feel like to achieve your goal at the different stages you’ve set. See it, believe it, want it, achieve it.
To help you out, follow this link to download a printout for all your new year’s goal-setting needs.