How to Set SMART Goals
The trick to achieving your dreams is setting SMART goals.
What are SMART goals?
SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. These guidelines can help sharpen your focus in the short-term so you can reach your end goal!
- Specific: Your goal is direct and detailed.
- Measurable: Your goal is trackable.
- Attainable: Your goal is challenging but reasonable.
- Realistic: You are capable of achieving your goal.
- Time-bound: Your goal has a deadline.
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Set small goals. SMART goals can be big goals, but sometimes it helps to break them down even further to understand what you need to do daily to stay motivated.
- Good Goal: Read more. SMART Goal: Read 1 book per month for 1 year.
- Good Goal: Learn piano. SMART Goal: Practice piano 15 minutes a day for 6 months.
- Good Goal: Save money. SMART Goal: Set aside $25 a week for a year.
- Good Goal: Be grateful. SMART Goal: Write 3 things you’re grateful for every day for 1 month.
- Good Goal: Improve mental health. SMART Goal: Meditate for 3 minutes a day for one month.
Track your progress. Keep a journal, take a photo, download an app, or create a sticker chart to hold yourself accountable. Having tangible evidence of your growth can help you visualize the progress you’re making.
Reward yourself. Think of a little treat that’s worth working toward. Maybe it’s a new notebook, a movie night, or scoop of ice cream. Whatever it is, make it an item or experience you can enjoy knowing it’s a reward for staying on track.
Forgive yourself. If you miss a day or small milestone, don’t let it derail your progress entirely.