2015 just waved bye and 2016 is finally here. Let's get down to business to defeat these goals! This post is for you if you haven't made goals yet OR your goals are vague.
I am a huge fan of acronyms like FOIL: first outer, inner last, or FYI: for your information . They make life easier! Imagine how much time we waste telling people that something needs to be done as soon as possible if we couldn't instead say, ASAP. I have a fun acronym that is perfect for helping you create great goals.The acronym, SMART, is probably my favorite acronym. I use it all the time. It helps me stay on track and get things done.
S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Sensitive.
So when you set your New Year's make sure they are SMART by following this formula.
Don't set a goal that says: I will travel more in 2016. Instead choose a specific place. One example could be: I will travel to California and visit the childhood home of my grandmother.
Once you've set a specific goal like that, it's much easier to research the logistics and set plans into motion. But California is a large state with several big cities. One trip isn't enough to see all of the state. So sculpt that goal down to be even more specific: I will visit San Leandro and Santa Rosa to see where my grandmother grew up.
Maybe you want to be healthier in 2016. That's a great aspiration but if you leave it broad like that, how will you know when you've achieved your goal? You won't. You can always be more healthy. Simple solution to perfect this is to add a "by" at the end. I will be healthier in 2016 by working out 3 times a week.
This is a great goal because it's so simple to measure. You either did it or you didn't. Making your goals measurable helps you achieve them. If you only worked out 2 times in a week, you'll know you'll falling behind and be able to evaluate your time to see what you need to change in order to attain your goals.
Attainable is so important for helping you meet your goals! You are a unique person so your goals need to be specific to you. While all the different parts of SMART are vitally important, attainable is probably the most important part of the acronym. You could make a very specific and measurable goal of becoming a fairy by June 2016 but it's not attainable so you won't meet it. By the way, sorry to crush your dreams. Mine are little crushed by my lack of fairy-ness too.
Relevant varies for every person. What's relevant for me might not be relevant for you. And that's great. Variety is the spice of life. Making all As in school isn't a relevant goal for me because I'm no longer in school. A relevant goal for me (and one of my goals) is to read 40 books. A relevant goal for my hairdresser would be to increase the amount of people who's hair she dyes by 30% but it doesn't make sense for a dentist to have that same goal. Keep that in mind while you make goals! Make it realistic and relevant to you!
My goal to read 40 books is time sensitive by I want to do it by December 31st, 2016. This keeps me in check. If I want to read an equal amount per month, I know that I have to read 4 books a month. I could even make the goal, 20 books by June 30th, 2016 and then readjust for from there.