Goals are something we all have. They can be lofty or they can be small. Some get accomplished some do not. Some goals are currently just ideas others have been around for a long time. Regardless of your goals the easiest way to accomplish them is by turning them into SMART goals. These goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-based.
SMART Goal S
Specific means that it is easy to understand for anyone who sees it from the outside. It should not be vague. It should be easy to look at and know what you want to do. So the first part is specific, make the goal specific so everyone can understand.
SMART Goal M
Measurable is the next part. Your goal should be able to be measured in some way. This can be via a amount of time, 30 min of physical activity per day, 5 pound lost, or 3 servings of fruit per day. Just make sure that you are able to measure your goal in some way. This makes it easier to stay too because you can measure if you are doing it or not.
SMART Goal A
Attainable means that it is not so big that you cannot achieve it but not so small that it is too easy for you. You want to find that nice mix between not too easy but not too hard. You want something that is going to challenge you to be better and make it worth it. But not too hard that you get frustrated with it and give up.
SMART Goal R
Realistic. Similar to attainable it has to be something that you can accomplish. Too lofty and you will never start. So make sure it is something you are able to do.
SMART Goal T
Time-based. This means there is a time frame associated with accomplishing the goal. Without a time frame you may never start or you will never know when you accomplished the goal. With a time-based goal you have a deadline forcing you to start making it more effective.
So next time you are thinking about a goal, whether that be the gym, school, or anything else make sure it follows the SMART goal idea making you more successful in the long run.
Via GUADS Staff Aston