Each year, we often decide on a few items we should accomplish for the following year. Last year I had five, none of which I fully accomplished. This year I didn’t set any resolutions, but instead decided to focus on one SMART goal and focus on some smaller monthly challenges that support my goal. If you’re like me, where you’ve committed to a few things each year and never seem to achieve your goals, I encourage you try this with me.
What does the SMART acronym stand for?
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Timely
*There are a few variations of SMART, but they all have a similar focus (Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound, etc.)
My Main Goal for 2017:
S – Improve my health and well-being by exercising regularly at home and limiting bad food choices to boost overall happiness and self-confidence, as well as improve my physical state.
M – I commit to at least three 30-minute work outs each week, as well as a short walk daily. While keeping a food diary and rating my selections based on healthy choices as well as exercising, I will be monitoring my weight monthly and I aim to lose at least 20 pounds by the end of the year. I will also be rating myself on how energized I feel and my overall attitude over the course of the day.
A – My fiancé and I will be doing our daily walks together, and we have agreed that we will not purchase chips (his weakness) and ice cream (my weakness) for our house to help limit tempting junk food choices. We’ve also agreed to limit dinner outings for the two of us to twice per season (which are typically junk food style of buffet). I will schedule my work outs in advance to ensure they don’t get missed.
R – I had the goal to ‘lose 20 pounds’ last year, but by developing a SMART strategy for how to do it and focusing on smaller daily things, I aim to achieve that as part of my overall goal for well-being this year. I’ve felt the need to improve my physical state for the last few years and really want to make 2017 the year I do it. I feel this will in-turn help boost my energy levels and attitude as well.
T – Deadline is the end of the year, but again, I will be monitoring monthly for weight and daily for energy/attitude. If I reach this goal before the end of the year, I plan to maintain this routine. At 6 months, I will assess if I am on track or if adjustments need to be made to the routine.
I’ve also decided to add in smaller 30-day challenges that support my larger goal of a healthier lifestyle.
January – Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
February – No eating after 8:30pm.
March – Read for 30 minutes before bed.
April – No snoozing the alarm clock.
Commit to one goal for the year, develop a SMART strategy to achieve it, and seriously make an effort to meet your goal.
I'm a 20-something woman working my way through life in Canada, traveling when I can afford it and seeking out my passions one day at a time.