Maybe you’ve heard of a SMART goal? It’s a great acronym to help us remember an effective process for goal setting. But is there a way to make you SMART goals any SMARTER? Here is a quick refresher and a tip to get the most out of your goals.
S – Specific – Include details. It’s easier to achieve something concrete, like walk 30 minutes a day, than a vague goal of “get healthy.”
M – Measurable – Include a way to measure and track what you aim to do.
A – Achievable – Ambitious goals are great, as long as they are doable with the time and energy you have available.
R – Relevant – Will your small goal move you closer to your larger goal?
T- Time Bound – Deadlines can be a goal’s best friend.
Let’s say you’ve set a goal to walk 30 minutes a day, for five days a week, for the next four weeks. Notice this goal meets all the SMART requirements. Now let’s say at the end of four weeks, you review what you accomplished. Maybe you managed to walk 17 out of the 20 planned days. Or maybe you walked all the days, but some were only 10 or 20 minute walks. Now what?
E – Evaluate – Take some time to review how you did. Was it easier or harder than you expected? Do you feel it’s relevant? Could you measure it?
R – Readjust – Here is where you can make any needed changes and to make your SMART goal a little SMARTER.