Some days I feel really motivated to achieve and conquer. It is almost as if nothing can stop me from doing what I put my mind to. Those are the days I am most productive and attack the heavy and hard things on my to-do list. However, no matter how hard I try, I cannot decide when those productive days occur. They just happen. And I embrace them when they do.
For the other days of the year, I have to be more thoughtful about the day and how I am going to meet my goals. I have to have a plan in place otherwise I am lost in a vast sea of to-do items. My plan is called the SMART Goals. It is a formula for creating goals that you can actually meet.
By creating SMART goals, you will create goals that are realistic, achievable, and detailed, without feeling cumbersome.
Let’s take a look at not a SMART goal:
I want to be more organized.
This is a good goal, but it is very vague and very broad. What does “more organized” mean? What needs to be organized – your tupperware? How will you know when you’ve reached this goal?
That non-SMART goal can easily be translated into a SMART goal that makes sense and is easy to achieve.
This week at work, I will practice using Post-It notes to keep track of the phone calls I must return.
It is SPECIFIC. I have a specific way of being more organized – Post-It notes.
It is MEASURABLE. I will know if I’ve obtained this goal by the number of Post-It notes I use and the number of phone calls I return.
It is ATTAINABLE. I have access to Post-It notes and pens.
It is RELEVANT. My boss will reprimand me if I continue to not return calls.
It is TIME-BOUND. It is only for this week at work.
The idea with SMART goals is that if you create small, easy to achieve goals, you are more likely to be successful (meaning, you will meet your goal), stick with the goal, and build upon it for more success.
Now it is your turn. Whether you have a work goal, life goal, personal goal, relationship goal, or fitness goal, create your goal so that all 5 elements of SMART goals are included. And share them with us!