#16 MGM: Set Your Goals for 2017
Did 2016 go by too fast for you? It did for me but looking back on my year, there are still things I wanted to get accomplished. I wrote down my goals in my Erin Condren Lifeplanner and looked at it occasionally throughout the year. But every time I looked at it, I always thought I’ll have more time later to work on my goals. Here we are the second to last week of 2016 and my list of goals are still there uncompleted. As a shake my head in disappointment with myself, I know something needs to be different for 2017 and that is set SMART goals instead.
This week I challenge you to create two to three SMART goals for 2017
What is a SMART goal exactly?
SMART goal stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely goals.
Specific – What is something specific you want to get accomplished in 2017? The more specific your goal is the easier it will be to know when you achieved it.
Measurable – How will you know when you are close to achieving your goal? How will you determine if you are making the right progress?
Attainable – How can I accomplish this goal? What steps do I need to make for this to happen?
Realistic – Have you had a goal like this in the past? Were you able to complete the goal or have you made changes to allow you complete the goal now?
Timely – What’s your timeframe? Is this a long-term goal or short-term goal? Is this something you plan to do weekly or monthly?
Make Your SMART Goals
When making SMART goals it is important to identify a large goal of yours and then work through each acronym letter to ask yourself questions. By working on developing your goals, you will be able to make a goal that is easier to achieve. Make 2017 better than 2016 by creating SMART goals and accomplishing them! So it’s time to take out a pen and paper and write down your 2017 SMART goals. Display them somewhere you will seem them every day as a constant reminder and motivation to keep going strong!
Examples of SMART Goals
- I will increase my cooking skills by cooking a new recipe once a week and taking a professional cooking class once every 2 months. By June 1st, I will have developed a new recipe list or cookbook of at least 22 new recipes that I will continue to make.
- I will increase my water consumption by drinking 6 glasses of water 4x a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. This will last for 2 months and then I will increase my water consumption to 8 glasses of water 5x a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I will continue this until July 2017.
- By May 2017, I will become stronger and be able to lift my kids up to play with them. I will take a strength training class at my gym once a week on Sunday and I will strength train on my own two times a week on Tuesday and Friday.
Share your SMART goals.
Whenever you want to accomplish something, it is important to share with your family, friends, and others who may be your support group. Letting others know your goals, helps you stay accountable especially when they ask how your goal are going for you. Share your goals with me and others by using #MightyGoalMonday #NutritioninChaos. I can’t wait to see what awesome SMART goals we come up with as a community.